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Hi I'm Dave

Born in Germany, grew up in Utah. Accounting has been my career for 20 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have eight children, three from my first marriage and five more with my wife. I love being a father and involved in my kids' lives. I've coached all of them in various sports. Now that some of them are older, I'm glad I spent as much time with them as I did. I've worked in the accounting profession for more than 20 years. Going to college was the best thing I did for my career. Three years of night school to earn my MBA, with two little children competing for my attention, was difficult. But taking it one quarter at a time, and my degree was then finished. The greatest life-changing decision I ever made was to serve a mission for the LDS Church. I learned to love and serve the people of Portugal. I've never been back since, but part of me is still there. My faith and testimony grew stronger, through difficult and rewarding experiences. I would be a lost person without the direction and knowledge of the gospel in my life. Besides my wonderful wife (my best friend) and children, and my career, my hobbies include: reading/writing biographies, photography, running, golf, biking, basketball, baseball, movies, scouting, church callings, family history, and hanging out.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that belonged to the Mormon church. I attended Primary as a young boy and continued to attend church with my family as a teenager. I attended seminary for four years, which taught me a lot. I think I felt the Spirit strongest at some of the Youth Conferences I attended. Even though I was always too shy and scared to bear my testimony back then, I felt it and my testimony grew. When I chose to be a missionary for two years, my testimony was based on my belief that the Book of Mormon was true and Joseph Smith was a prophet. I couldn't deny my feelings about those truths, and I felt that it was the right thing for me to serve a mission. I was called to Portugal, where I learned to love the Portuguese people and to share the gospel with everyone that would listen to us. I made some of my closest friends on my mission. The testimony I gained by serving a mission has been my rock throughout my life. There are ups and downs through life, and my life has been that way too. When it's the darkest of times, and everything seems to be falling apart, the gospel knowledge gives me strength and perspective and gets me through. I am proud to say I'm a Mormon. Even though I was introduced to this religion as a youth and encouraged to live it, I had to gain my own testimony of it and believe it for myself in order to live it today. It seems challenging at times to be a Mormon; the time commitment, commandments, standards, tithing, temple work, callings, etc. It can all seem overwhelming. I've been happiest when I've tried to obey and follow God's commandments, and I've realized that the more I live that way the less challenging it really is.

How I live my faith

I am very active and committed to my church and the things they ask me to do. I have probably worked with the young men for more than 10 years, with the young Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and also as a Primary or Sunday School Teacher. It's been rewarding to watch the youth I've worked with, grow up and become the great men they are. My favorite events have always been the pinewood derby with the Cub Scouts, and campouts with the Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts.