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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up mainly in Iowa, Italy, and Belgium. I'm a software engineer, a husband, and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Oregon with my wife and many children. I have a master's degree in Computer Science, and I currently work as a software engineer in Oregon. I am fascinated by spoken languages, especially Latin-based languages, and I speak Spanish, Italian, and French (in addition to English). I'm also fascinated by world history, archaeology, geology, and geography. I love learning about where we all came from and how we and the planet came to be where and how we are now. My faith in God and Jesus Christ and in the inspired words of the prophets (both ancient and modern) help give context and clarification to that learning. I'm a nerd, through and through. I live science fiction (both Star Trek AND Star Wars) and science fantasy. I'm always reading some sci-fi book or another or asking friends about the latest outer-space movie. I'm a huge fan of Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, and Brandon Sanderson. I also love music--I sing, play the piano, and play the trumpet. If I'm awake, I'm probably singing. I love all kinds of music, but I try to keep it uplifting. And I love listening to Country :) My wife and I are often teased because we have so many young children, but we absolutely love our family--and it keeps growing. My family is the focus of my life, and everything I do is for their benefit. I work to live instead of living to work, as it were, which seems to be the opposite of so many of my fellow Americans these days, who focus on their jobs to the exclusion of God and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are also Mormons, but like every other member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had to find my own reasons to believe--the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ demand so much of a person's faith and time that it's impossible for anyone to spend their entire life relying on the beliefs of their parents without finding out for himself/herself. But the knowledge didn't come all at once through some miraculous event. Instead, it came very gradually, through studying the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon), praying (both alone and with my family), attending Church meetings, and especially through service to others--I spent two years in Spain providing service and teaching people about the Restored Gospel. And eventually the knowledge did come, as quiet assurances in my mind and heart, as feelings that were too strong to be simply from myself--they had to be from the Spirit of the Lord. In short, I'm a Mormon because I know God lives, because I know Jesus is the Christ who suffered for my sins and died and was resurrected, because I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon contain the words of God, and that God called a young boy to be a prophet to restore His truth to the earth again. I'm a Mormon because I know for myself that it's true.

How I live my faith

In my church congregation I work with the youth--specifically the young men. I help keep track of the budget for the activities, I help the young men plan said activities, and I often attend the activities and am thrilled to see these brilliant young minds enjoy the fruits of their labor. I also have the opportunity twice per month to teach gospel lessons and lead gospel discussions with other fathers close to my own age. In my community, my neighbors and all my co-workers know I'm a Mormon, and I've left a standing invitation to everyone who may be curious about us or who may simply have heard a rumor and wants to know if it's true to come ask me, and I'll be happy to share as much (or as little) as they'd like. I certainly don't try to force my beliefs on anyone, but I'm also not going to shut myself away from others. The message of the Restored Gospel is one of happiness and joy, and I'd love for all those around me to share in that happiness and joy and enjoy the blessings that come with it, as my family and I do.