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Hi I'm Dave

I am a premed student working to become an eye surgeon and researching osteoarthritis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student aspiring to soon enter the medical field. I spend most of my time studying, volunteering at hospitals, and researching osteoarthritis in my university. I love the path I am on, and though it is very time consuming, it is also very rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, watching "Bones," playing tennis or frisbee, and hiking.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a fundamental part of who I am. I was always taught by my parents that there was a God, and that Jesus Christ came to earth to save all mankind. I was taught to be kind, hard working, charitable, and to love those around me like Jesus did. I was also taught to pray to God, and that He loves and knows me and answers prayers. I believed this, and did as it says in the Bible to "ask, seek, and knock." I wanted to know if being a faithful member of the Mormon Church was the right path for me, and I prayed sincerely, believing that God loved me enough to tell me what direction I should take with my life. Indeed, God answered my prayer, affirming that His Church has been restored through prophets in our day, and that it is currently led by a prophet of God. I try to follow my Savior's example by keeping his commandments, serving those around me, and by trying to have a positive outlook in life. Most importantly, I know that my Savior lives, that God does answer prayers, and that He has shown us through the life and example of His beloved son how we can all return to live with Him again after this life. I also have seen through personal experience and through the lives of those I care about that God loves each one of His children, and that He is more than ready and willing to answer our sincere prayers. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same Church that Christ organized when he lived among the early disciples. I know that the way to be happy and have peace and success in this life is to follow the example of the Savior by being baptized and living a life dedicated to him, following in his footsteps as outlines in the scriptures.

How I live my faith

The biggest focus of my life is to remain service oriented. I've realized that by choosing to enter the medical field, the rest of my life will be centered around providing the best care for future patients. I chose this route, because the idea of providing this sort of expert care is right in line with what I believe in. When I am not studying or participating in research, I spend my time in the hospital as a volunteer. The highlight of that experience is to talk to and get to know the patients or families of people going through surgery. Sometimes their only need is to have a kind person that will listen to their frustrations or worries. I've also been involved with a mentoring program in my community. I've been paired up with a boy who comes from a good family, but he has had a bit of trouble in school. Each time we meet, I encourage him to try his hardest in school to eventually go to a college and work towards a career that he'll love.

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe that a true definition of a Christian is a person that lives a life dedicated to Christ. I firmly believe that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior and Redeemer. I have been baptized into his Church, and I try every day to do what he would do if he were here. I try to keep his commandments, serve those around me, and look for the good in each person. I love my Savior and am grateful that through him, I can be forgiven of my sins and mistakes. Show more Show less