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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Runcorn, was born into the church and enjoy sports. I'm a husband, a father, a teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in England, except for two years when I served as a missionary in Belgium and France (Belgium Brussels Netherlands Mission). During this time I learned to speak french, made lots of friends and helped some people come into the church. I enjoyed the opportunity to serve the Lord as a missionary and it 'set me up for life'. It was during this time that I decided which job I wanted to do for the rest of my life... I am a primary school teacher and really enjoy my job. In September (2013) I will be starting my sixth year and moving up to Year 6 (10-11 year olds), after spending most of my career teaching Year 5. I am a father of two beautiful girls and have a son on the way (due in December)! I consider myself extremely blessed to have married, and be sealed for all eternity to, a wonderful wife. She means everything to me and I would be lost without her. I love all sports, both playing and watching, but my main love is football and I support Liverpool FC. I also enjoy watching films, walking our dog and anything that involves spending time outdoors (hiking, climbing, kayaking, etc). But most of all I love spending time with people, especially my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, so went with my parents every week and lived the principles taught best I could. I never really questioned what I was taught, nor did I blindly accept it, it just seemed 'right'. My conversion story isn't one of a sudden experience, but rather a journey with milestones along the way. As a 7/8 year old boy I received an answer to a prayer which led to a future friend being found and baptized. When I was a teenager I decided I didn't just want to believe and do what people taught me, I wanted to find out for myself (especially when I started Early Morning Scripture Study and had to get up at 6.00 am each morning)! I had always been taught that to find the truth for yourself you have to read and pray. So that's exactly what I did, I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to our Heavenly Father. I received an answer to my prayer. No, it wasn't a vision or voice from heaven. But the feelings I had in my heart and the thoughts that came into my mind confirmed what I was doing was right and this is the Church of God. These kind of experiences have continued throughout my life confirming that The Church of Jesus Christ is once again on the earth and persuaded me to leave my family when I was 19 to serve a mission in Belgium and France for 2 years. I know God loves us. The Book of Mormon is another book from God, and with the Bible, testifies of Christ. Through its teachings we know where we come from, why we are here, and where we go after this life. These truths were restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith and are taught today by living prophets and apostles. More recently as I've experienced difficult times in my life, I have been able to turn to my Saviour Jesus Christ, either through my own choice or the encouragement of friends and family, and I have found peace and comfort. Don't take my word for it though. Whether you're happy or going through difficult times, I encourage you to read, pray and find out for yourself.

How I live my faith

I have had many assignments in church and had many opportunities to help in the local community through service projects. Since turning 12 I have been involved with the youth program (12-18) in several different ways - from youth member to leader, these amazing young people have been wonderful examples to me as I've learned about the Gospel with them. I have also assisted with activities, reached out to members who have stopped coming to church and taught Sunday School. Each time I have benefited more, grown spiritually and loved serving others. My current assignment is to assist the missionaries serving in this area. I am privileged to work with these faithful young men as we teach people who want to know about the church and provide service for those who need it. I feel the best way I live my faith is by trying to be a good example. As I try to do this hopefully I will stand out from the crowd. Then when people ask - why? I can tell them, it's because "I'm a Mormon". I believe in Jesus Christ and I'm trying to live my life as he would have me live it. Every positive thing in my life has come from living His gospel. No matter how much of my time and energy I give, I have always received more than I have given to this church.