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Hi I'm Dave DeSantis

I was not always a Mormon but I am now.

About Me

My wife and I were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the same day. We were 29 and 30 years old respectively. We have 6 children and I am a professional golfer and a member of the PGA.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Tucson Arizona where I excelled in golf. Though I was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I accepted a scholarship to attend Brigham Young University. During my 5 years at BYU I did not join the LDS church. After graduation and one night while I was away from home competing in a golf tournament I entered into a conversation with a fellow golfer and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At the end of our conversation he offered me a copy of The Book of Mormon. I accepted his gift and retired to bed intent on reading this book with an open mind. At BYU I attended the required religion classes and it is there where I was introduced to The Book of Mormon. During my BYU days I simply read the book with the intent of gaining enough facts to pass the regular tests. On This fateful night however I opened The Book of Mormon with a prayer basically asking God if this was a true book. With this inquisitive attitude I started reading and upon the first few sentences a dramatic, real, and powerful feeling of warmth came over me that caused such a stir within my soul that if I were to attribute it to anything but God telling me that what I was reading was true I would be less than honest. Though it took a few years this night was the genesis of my journey to becoming a "Mormon". The great news is that God invites all to test whether The Book of Mormon is or is not another testament of Jesus Christ. I testify that it is!!

How I live my faith

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and though I struggle at times to do so I strive to learn of and live His teachings everyday. I have been called to assist the bishop of our ward by making appointments for those in our neighborhood who desire to receive counsel from the bishop. My 16 year old son and I have accepted an invitation to regularly visit the home of three families in our neighborhood/ward. Before these visits we pray for guidance as to how we can serve these families. We also bring and share a spiritual message during each visit. We end each visit inviting the head of the home to call upon someone to offer a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Dave DeSantis
While most want to believe this we in the LDS faith declare that family relationships continue beyond the grave. This is such a comforting doctrine to me. I have recently battled with bladder cancer and during the early diagnosis of this disease my family became the focus of my everyday thoughts. Knowing that I would see and live with my wife and children after my possible death caused by cancer made the thought of my possible death less scary. Show more Show less