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Hi I'm David

I am a law student and a soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

Though I spend most of my time at school, I am also married to a wonderful woman. We are expecting our first child, a baby girl, this summer. Aside from my responsibilities associated with family, church and school, I also drill once per month with the National Guard and work part time as a legal extern. When I have a few rare moments of spare time, I enjoy running, reading, and watching movies. I was raised abroad, mostly in Asia, so I also enjoy traveling to new places and meeting new people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a number of reasons. I was raised in a Mormon family, and my testimony took shape under the instruction and guidance of my parents. As a I grew older, I developed my own faith. I love the gospel and the difference it has made in my life. As a youth, friends, teachers, and community members would sometimes challenge my beliefs, but I had come to know that living the principles that Christ taught affected me in ways that I could not adequately explain. I still struggle to articulate fully how my faith affects me and why I choose to live the way I do. I can only say that I know that living by faith has greatly blessed my life. Only those who walk on the pathway of Christ know how it feels to be his disciple. I feel genuinely happy, and I have an eternal perspective that allows me to remember what is most important to me. I could not imagine living without the light of the Savior.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings every Sunday, when I am in town, at a local elementary school. Our congregation is meeting there temporarily until we have a permanent home. I occasionally help conduct some of the weekly meetings. I perform some clerical tasks such as tracking attendance and keeping other important records. I also visit other members in my area to share spiritual messages and provide a helping hand when needed. I don't do very much, but when everyone helps out a little, a small congregation like ours can accomplish big things.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

David
My understanding of the atonement is limited, but I know that it means certain things for me personally and for all mankind. I know that Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane to satisfy the law. Because of this sacrifice, imperfect people such as myself can receive forgiveness and be clean enough to enter into God's presence. I also know that Christ gave his own life for us. For reasons I cannot fully explain, this enabled him to conquer death for all of us. Perhaps the sweetest part of the atonement for me, however, is the knowledge that Christ endured all suffering in order to succor his children. Frequently my wife passes through trials that I cannot understand. I feel inadequate to care for her and give her the empathy and support that she requires. In those moments, I know that Jesus knows exactly what she is feeling and that I can turn to him for instruction in order to help my wife in ways that I could not if I were alone. Show more Show less