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Hi I'm David Vaughn

My name is David. I grew up in South Texas. I'm a musician, I'm an educator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music is my life. It isn't just a hobby of mine--it defines me. I have been performing publicly since age 7. I didn't really attend church regularly until my junior year in high school and it showed. After graduation I served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and when my mission was complete, served in the military, got married...got divorced, got out of the military, got re-married...got re-divorced, moved to the TX Panhandle, got re-re-married, and have a perfect life. Well, not exactly perfect but I wouldn't trade it for anything. My wife and I, between us, have 9 children. My wife is also a musician so our children have 0 chance of being normal. I have performed in several operas and musical productions as well as several instrumental ensembles. I sing bass and am a percussionist (mind you, I didn't say drummer). I have been blessed to teach and perform with operatic and instrumental ensembles from all over America. I, too, am a DJ for a local radio station on weekends. I am also a certified storm spotter with the National Weather Service. That's my thrill ride that I eagerly look forward to, especially in the springtime. The thrill of chasing down thunderstorms all over Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas that are about to put down tornadoes is pretty neat. I like it just because I'm sadistic, but it is also a very real and tactile testament to the awesome (and I know that word is overused but it is very real in this sense) power of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, quite frankly, it just makes sense. There is a great deal of sacrifice that is required to be an active member of this church, but a church that does not require sacrifice will not be able to fully teach one the fullness of the sacrifice Christ made for us. I have been to a variety of churches with an even wider variety of worshipping styles; some very charismatic and some very reverent. But the spirit of the Lord that is blatantly present in every LDS service blew all the other ones away. I also have all of my questions answered in the LDS Church. Things that are simply explained away as "mysteries of God", and we've all heard that term before, by many churches are explained as plain and simple truths in this church. I think that the greatest truth I've come to know in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in that Christ didn't die for all of us. Allow me to elaborate. Jesus Christ's paying for the sins of man, his death, and subsequent resurrection and ascension was not a group/blanket event. Jesus Christ knows each one of us on this earth individually and intimately. Therefore, he didn't die for all of us; he died for each and every one of us individually. He also didn't pay for all of our sins; he paid for each and every one of our sins individually. Christ's atonement is individual. It is personal. It is for YOU. And it was done willingly. All we have to do is accept it, which is often the more difficult part. But I will testify to you unashamedly and unequivocally that the atonement is real. If we will accept that He really did it, that He really did it for ME, and that He did it solely out of love and not for any other reason than that, and if we will repent of our sins, we will return to live with our Father in Heaven after this life. It really is that simple--and it makes perfect sense.

How I live my faith

I am First Counselor in the Branch Presidency here in Guymon, Oklahoma. Allow me to translate that for you: Basically, I am the associate pastor for a small congregation. In the LDS (Mormon) Church, small congregations are called branches and large congregations are called wards. Several of these congregations comprise what is called a stake. A stake is the LDS equivalent of an association in evangelical churches. Several stakes comprise an area which would be a rough equivalent of a state convention in evangelical churches and then all the areas comprise the general church which meets twice a year at something called General Conference. This would be the LDS equivalent of a national convention in evangelical churches. Part of my role as first counselor in the branch presidency is to assist in the operating affairs of the branch, to go out and visit members of our congregation and offer spiritual and physical help if need be, work closely with our proselyting missionaries in finding and progressing people who are interesting in finding out more about the church and potentially joining, and conducting, occasionally, meetings and other church functions. Here in the LDS Church we have a lay ministry that is completely volunteer. The greatest thing about the Church is the continuous opportunites for service that arise. I love serving others and I love the fact that, when we come to church, the differences we all have in personality, economic status, race, gender, language, and everything else disappear and we all meet for the unified purpose of particiating in the sacrament, renewing our covenants or promises that we've made to our Father in Heaven, and worshipping almighty God and praising His son, even Jesus Christ.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

David Vaughn
This is one of my absolute favorite questions to answer. We, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attend church on a weekly basis so that we can worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, partake of the sacrament in order to renew the promises we made to our Father in Heaven, and to fellowship one with another. The temple is a place of instruction and ordinance performing--a place where we learn greater truths about the gospel and about the Church that are typically more sacred (note, I did not say secret) in nature and where we perform the essential ordinances, by proxy, for those of our ancestors and the ancestors of others, necessary to return to live with our Father in Heaven that did not have the opportunity to perform them for themselves during their life. They then have the opportunity to accept or reject these saving ordinances. And just because they have passed on does not mean they will automatically accept them, as we still have our free agency, or free will. Show more Show less