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Hi I'm David

I grew up in the Western United States. I enjoy my work as a community health care administrator. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, and have two children who are grown. My family brings me the greatest joy, and I am so grateful for them. I work in health care administration, and I have worked in primary and specialty care. I currently am the director of a community health center. I feel like my work, though demanding, is a way for me to live my religion even while I am working. I enjoy learning, and try to read a variety of things to keep me growing as a person - spiritually, emotionally, and professionaly. It took a long time, but in 2010 I finally finished my masters in health care administration. I believe that my faith is the most important thing in my life, my family and religion are tied to that faith. In that context I strive for a balance of spiritual, professional, recreation, emotional, and physicial health. I joined the LDS church as a teenager, after seeing the changes the gospel made in the lives of my mother and step father - who were adult converts. There can be no doubt that my faith has had the greatest positive impact in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager my mother had remarried, as it turns out to an alcoholic. It was a challenge for everyone in the family. They nearly split up, but for some reason (perhaps desperation) when the missionaries came knocking at their door (as they had done in the past without success) they said "come on in". They were taught, felt the Spirit change their hearts, and were eventually baptized. I had no belief in God, and wanted nothing to do with it. Even clouded by my anger with the world I could not ignore, however, that they were changing. I finally started asking questions, and got answers that made sense. Eventually I too agreed to be taught by the missionaries, felt the Spirit change my heart, and was baptised. That was a long time ago, and I feel more strongly today a testimony of Jesus Christ and his restored gospel than ever. My testimony is so sweet and reassuring. It grows as I continually strive to live according the truth that has been revealed to me. The gospel makes more sense to me now than ever and is an unfailing compass pointing towards truth, peace, and happiness. I have looked, and never found anything to compare with it in religion, philosophy, business, or personal development. So, why am I a Mormon? Because it is an unfailing source of faith, power, and revelation of truth. It is a clear path through a foggy day. It is the only thing I have found that gives clarity around the most important questions of life. I know that Jesus is the Christ, and the only perfect child of our common Father in Heaven. Through His perfect life, atonement, and ressurection I have hope and faith that I wil live again after death. I know that I will be able to continue my slow development through the perfect plan of my loving Father. There is a living prophet of God on the earth today. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and an enlightening companion to the Holy Bible. I am so grateful for these truths and the peace that has come to me through this journey.

How I live my faith

I have nearly always had some type of assignment at church. I have taught youth and adults, served in leadership positions, and been a full time missionary as a young man (19-21 years old). My church assignments bring me great blessings as I serve selflessly in the example of our Savior. I try to live my faith at home, at work, and in church. It pervades my life and influences everything I do. I belive that is a hallmark of a true religion. If it did not demand a lot of me how could it have power to change me. Life is just that, a process of change. We call it repentance - a process of reflecting, recognizing, correcting, confessing, and doing better. I belive that life is a time to strive to be like our Father, following the example of His son Jesus Christ. When I was a teenager I had no compass, and pursued fleeting goals like popularity, thrills,or money. Now I understand that I lived before this mortal life, and my spririt will live on after death. This compass helps me through challenges and trials, and strengthens me as things don't always work the way I would like. So, with my best effort I try to live my faith every day in all that I do, as I strive to develop a character similar to my Savior. He lived his life selflessly, always looking to be of service in word and deed. This came from his perfect character, so it was inside out. No pretense, false pride, selfishness, greed, laziness, or ego. His character of love, kindness, charity, faith, diligence, and long suffering, is what I try to emulate my life after. I offer this knowing I live in a crazy world that often does not value those things, where I have to make a living, pay my bills, deal with physical pains and constant temptations to be less than I could be.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

God is literally our Father, and we lived with him as spirit children before this mortal life. He set up this life as a time for us to be born into a physical body so that we could continue our personal development, to be like him. Starting with Adam and Eve he established families as the best place where we would learn about Him, and to be like Him. This pattern (of families) will continue after this life. So families are the way that God brings about our progression - pre-mortal, mortal, and post-mortality. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is consistent for him to work within the family structure since it is an eternal pattern for the growth and development of his children. Show more Show less