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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am happily married for over 34 years. My wife is a convert to the Church who joined before we met. We have ten children - 8 boys and 2 girls. We have 14 grandchildren. I am a tax accountant. I am a kidney transplant recipient. I enjoy target shooting with my children and other friends. I enjoy learning about history - especially old west and military history. I have had Type 2 diabetes since the mid-1980's. Little by little it has taken its toll on my body. My feet and my eyes have been particularly damaged by the effects of the diabetes. In the spring of 2003, during our busy tax season, my back started to be very sore each day. I bought a heating pad that I attached to my chair at my desk and took maximum doses of over-the-counter pain pills just to make it through the long hours each day. After suffering till the end of busy season, I finally was dragged to see the doctor by my wife. After three trips to the hospital, it was discovered that my kidneys had both failed. I was immediately put on dialysis which lasted for five months. We began looking for a possible kidney donor. About the time we were ready to give up, Heavenly Father sent us a wonderful blessing. A friend, who had previously been in our congregation, heard about my situation and came forward to be tested. He was a great match for me and in November 2003 he donated his kidney to me. I felt better immediately after the surgery. He literally saved my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many members of our Church, I was blessed to be born into a home where my parents and family were long-time members of our faith. Some of my ancestors joined the Church in the 1830's when the Church was newly-organized. I am so thankful for that heritage. Eventually, though, I had to know for myself if the Church that I was a part of was where my Heavenly Father wanted me to be. At about age 18, I decided to get serious about gaining a knowlege for myself about the Church. I began in ernest to study the scriptures more carefully and to pray more sincerely. I had no angelic visitations, yet through the power and influence of the Holy Ghost I was blessed with the answer that I had prayed to receive. I am no one special, but I know that my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ are aware of me individually and that they love me. Every good and precious thing in my life can be traced to this wonderful faith and testimony that was given to me years ago. I try to keep my faith alive each day by continuing to do things that Jesus Christ has taught me to do - helping and serving others, obeying the commandments and by showing love to others that I meet. I am so thankful that Heavenly Father loves us so much, that he makes it possible for us to be married not just for the period of our mortal lives but for all eternity. This sacred ordinance is performed in our Temples by those who hold the Priesthood authority to perform such ordinances. My life is blessed each day because of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

I served a 24 month mission for the Church to Venezuela when I was age 19. After my mission, I met and married my wife. We have been actively involved in the Church since then. I have had the opportunity to serve in the Church in various positions throughout my life. As an adult, I have taught young children, teen-agers and adults. I have served in leadership positions in our congregations. I served as Bishop of our congregation for five years. Perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences (besides Bishop) was helping to prepare young men and women to serve as missionaries for the Church. I currently teach the "more mature" men of our congregation on Sundays. Each opportunity to serve has been challenging and rewarding at the same time.