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Hi I'm David

I have been sweltering in the Arizona heat for most of my life and developing software. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona since I was about 10. It is hot here, and during the summer you spend a lot of time inside. Perhaps that contributed to my getting involved with video games which, in turn, led to my interest in computers. When I was young, I dreamt of being a pilot. Every plane I saw caught my attention and they still do. My plan was to enter the air force, fly F-16s and later become a commercial airline pilot. While my plans didn't work out that way, I did eventually get my private pilot's license. My actual career involves me sitting in front of a computer, inside, mostly stationary, which is about as far from a cockpit as you can get. I became interested in computers when I was about 11 when the video game industry started to take off. I loved video games and that interest led to an interest in software development which led me to being a software architect today. Not only do I love programming, but I love the need to constantly be learning new things that this career demands. I have a passion for reading just about anything and that has been a great benefit to me. I also love working with groups of people and helping them to become great software development teams. I have been very fortunate in my career and feel very blessed to be where I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

While I did grow up in the church, I have had to gain a testimony of it and had to work at coming to understand its real meaning in my life. This gospel has profoundly changed my life in meaningful and visible ways. Those who have known me best can also bear witness of this. The focus on the family is one of the most sanctifying aspects of the gospel and I am forever grateful for how it has helped me become a better husband and father. I would not be the person I am today without the gospel and my family, most especially my wife and children. As a committed follower of Jesus Christ I hope to be able to help others find what I have found.

How I live my faith

Some common characteristics of software developers are being introverted, quiet and shy. I certainly have had these characteristics and used to feel they were a key part of who I was. I grew up in the church, and as my faith and understanding continued to grow, I began to realize that in order to truly live my faith I would have to learn to overcome being quiet and shy. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I try to be more engaging with people, and happy. This is not something that necessarily comes naturally, but it is very important to me. I love the gospel and want people who know me to feel that love. I spend time each day reading the scriptures, praying and contemplating the things I can do to be a better example of what the joy of the gospel brings to me.