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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in a small southern Utah community. I served my country and flew commercially for a living. l'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were both educators and instilled in me at an early age the love for learning and the desire to obtain an education. After receiving my college degree I entered the Air Force to serve my country. I learned to be a pilot. My military training taught me discipline and gave me the skills to work as a commercial pilot. I flew domestically, as well as, internationally over a span of 25 years. The airlines are notoriously prone to the ups and downs in the economy, and I was furloughed for a period of almost 5 years. During this time I was able to utilize my education as a civil engineer. What a blessing it was to have that education. I have a wonderful wife and seven children. It was early in my married life as a young father in the Air Force on a remote tour overseas that the importance of my family was deeply impressed on me. I watched a number of my comrades struggle with their marriages due to the separation from wife and family. I knew the importance of fidelity and commitment to my wife. I vowed that when I got back home I would do everything I could to make them the center of my life. My wife of seventeen years and the mother of six of my children was taken by cancer when the kids were just young. I have since remarried a saintly woman who took on my six children and had one of her own. We have been married for 25 years. I am retired from flying and enjoy playing golf, helping my kids with projects, and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in a Mormon community and was raised in a good family, I drifted during my youth. I didn't think I had a testimony of the truths I had been taught. When I reached the age to serve a mission I used the excuse that I needed to get an education before I had to serve in the military. My twin brother was actually my shining example to lead me back to where I belonged. I had come to stay with him. It had been quite a few years since we had left the home and the bedroom we had shared growing up. I had not knelt and prayed for years. That evening after the lights were out and we were both in bed I saw him slip out of bed and to his knees to offer prayer. I knew at that moment that I had been missing something in my life and it was the help of my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ. It didn't happen over night, but over the next few years I came to realize that I had a testimony all along I just hadn't recognized it. Those feelings of love and appreciation for good parents, the many men and women who had tried to encourage and teach me, the addresses given by the General Authorities of the Church that had touched me deeply, the way I felt when I read for the first time the Book of Mormon, all contributed to my conversion. Most of us have a desire to share the things that touch us deeply, so it is with me. God's great Plan of Happiness is so magnificent, and so needed by all mankind, that I want to share it with all who will listen. I know that we are all sons and daughters of a loving Father in Heaven and that He desires all of us to return to His presence. His Son has shown us the way. The Bible is the word of God and the Book of Mormon is plain and precious in it's witness of our Savior Jesus Christ. I will always be grateful for a young boy named Joseph Smith who with simple and sincere faith prayed for wisdom and knowledge, thus opening the dispensation of the fulness of times spoken of in the scriptures.

How I live my faith

Over the years of activity in church I have served as a leader of the young men, in the scouting program, and as an instructor of the gospel during the meetings on the Sabbath. I served a mission for the Church for a year after retiring from flying. I currently serve in one of the many temples of the church, where sacred ordinances are performed. The Church is widely recognized for its ability to help its members during times of emergency or natural disasters. The ability to do this is assisted by the organization of the members. Everyone is assigned one or more families. These families are visited each month. Their temporal, as well as, their spiritual needs are looked after. This is called "home teaching." I enjoy serving as a home teacher.