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Hi I'm David

I am a software engineer, a fixer of things that are broken engineer, a recording engineer-musician, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family of Mormons. Our parents taught us that we are children of God, and set us an example of living life with faith in God and his son, Jesus Christ. They also encouraged us to study music. My favorite music in all the world is “The Messiah” by Handel. I also loved the Beatles when I was a kid, and spent summer days pretending tennis rackets were guitars, dreaming of being in a band. In high school my parents bought me a scientific calculator- the first of those available at modest prices. I loved that calculator, and it opened up a new world to me. I attended college at Brigham Young University, and was divided in my heart between the search for knowledge through science and technology that I saw happening in the engineering department (all the Hewlett Packard calculators hanging from student’s belts) and the search for expression of beauty and love of God and mankind that I saw in the music department (the music students carrying violin cases to the practice rooms in the basement of the music building). After my first year at school, I served as a missionary in Colombia, teaching the gospel for 2 years. When I returned to school, I studied music for one year, and then finished with a degree in electrical engineering. I was hoping to use engineering to participate in the growing field of digital music, though things didn’t quite turn out that way. My wife of 24 years and I have 5 beautiful children. They are all good at science, and play the violin.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel deep inside a longing to return to my home with God who is our father. I want to be able to live there again with my wife and my children and extended family, and feel forever the kind of joy I feel now when the spirit of God whispers to me that I am known and loved of God, and that my actions though imperfect, are acceptable to Him. Being a Mormon is my connection to God and my hope for love and belonging that will last through eternity.

How I live my faith

Being grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ helps me choose the best things in life when faced with an array of good choices. I would like to play in a band, and to spend more time in my home recording studio, but my first priority in life is raising and providing for my family. Remembering that helps me go to work each day even at times when work is not very much fun. It also reminds me to arrange my work such that I can come home at a reasonable hour each day so I can spend time with my wife and kids. Being a member of the church gives me lots of opportunities to work to help others outside my immediate family. I love going to church each Sunday to remember the Lord Jesus Christ and to associate with good friends there who also strive to follow the example set by the Savior. I didn't get to be a professional musician as I had wanted, but I can still raise my voice in praise and love for God by singing each week at church in the choir.