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Hi I'm David

I'm a big brother, a writer, a Star Wars fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just a normal guy who is just about as confused as every other Average Joe about what to do with my life! As a journalism student I've explored possible careers in digital media, social media, television news, radio and even YouTube channel production. I'm going to school at Brigham Young University. I should graduate at the end of 2016 (at least that's what they tell me), which is terrifying because then I'll have to stare down the dark abyss that is the rest of adult life. I returned in 2012 from Chihuahua Mexico from a full-time mission for the LDS Church. I miss the people dearly (the geography... not so much). I have a hard time finishing things. It runs in my family. I'll take up an interest in the unicycle or crocheting or playing the harmonica or writing a book or jogging etc., but I rarely stick with them to the point where I can really say I am proficient at any one of them. Then there's my faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; after 24 years I can proudly say that I'm still fully dedicated and going stronger than ever!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because (amongst many other reasons) I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it (a step that cannot be skipped when truly seeking for an answer as to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon), pondered for countless hours on its stories and teachings, and I have asked God through sincere prayer to help me to know if it is true or not. The answer has always been an overwhelming "YES!". There have been many instances in which doubts have come to my mind or questions that required me to work to find the answers, but the Book of Mormon has always been what has kept me anchored to this faith. The one question that I find most difficult to answer is "How could the Book of Mormon NOT be true? How could a humble farmer-boy of little education simply invent such a detailed, long, and chronologically cohesive (with the Bible) book that has changed millions upon millions of peoples lives? That being said, my belief in the Book of Mormon is based on much more than a logical inability to answer those questions. My belief in the book is largely spiritual. I read it and find answers to real life problems. I find comfort, inspiration and answers to prayers. I feel in my mind AND in my heart that it is a real story of real people who really lived and really had a relationship (or oftentimes a lack thereof) with the same Jesus Christ that the Bible teaches of. The Book of Mormon is that first Domino block in that if it is true- all of the other teachings and doctrines of the church are also true. The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. Together with the Holy Bible we have two equally necessary witnesses that attest to the veracity of that Jesus Christ who was born in Bethlehem and who atoned for your sins and mine, giving us the opportunity to one day return to His presence. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There's a huge difference between going to church and living the gospel. I go to church, fulfill my callings etc., but what is immensly more difficult is making living the gospel a habit. Do I love my neighbor? Do I help those in need? Do I feel the Spirit's influence in my life? This is what I'm striving for. I have a vision of the person I want to become, and while I am far from becoming that person, I do see myself getting closer. The church is extremely important, but it is largely a vehicle by which we learn to live and breath the gospel more fully.

Who was Joseph Smith?

David
Joseph Smith was a prophet of God that lived during the early 1800's, similar to ancient prophets such as Moses, Abraham, Jacob, and countless others. Many people may believe we worship Joseph Smith or may think that we believe him to be more important than Christ himself- this is not true. Just as people did not worship the prophets in ancient times, neither did we or do we worship Joseph Smith. He was simply a tool in the hand of God used to restore gospel truths that had been changed or forgotten since the martyrdom of Christ and many of his Apostles. Just as ancient and modern peoples (including us Mormons today) were/are grateful for the service of ancient prophets, we are grateful for the further gospel light and knowledge made available to us through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less