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Hi I'm David

I'm a research administrator. I'm an amateur pianist who has performed in 4 countries. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a research administrator at the local university, I'm an amateur pianist, and a great uncle. I also like to cook, especially Korean or Japanese foods. I'm a gay man who finds much of value in belonging to the Mormon church.

Why I am a Mormon

God didn't create me to fail. He created me as a glorious, eternal being. I am a Mormon because this church helps me to perceive grace and gain understanding of the Divine. It also asks a lot of me, to serve and help, to stretch myself. These experiences are uplifting, not burdensome; expansive, not constrictive. God loves us, wants us to be our best selves but gives us freedom to make our own choices, right or wrong. When we willingly choose to follow Him, we add to His glory. I have my faults, but joining with others helps me to do better, my understanding and ability to do increases. God's love, mercy, justice and justness comes into lives of flawed individuals, like me, who learn to measure up and do profound things. That's not to say everything is perfect. My church has been on a journey (as has the country) in understanding what it means to be LGBT and how that fits into God's plan. Inside my church, things have gotten better, but there's still a ways to go, and I get to be a part of helping make it a better place. Generally, my fellow congregants see me as a peer and fellow child of God, and accept that I'm on the path of discipleship with them.

How I live my faith

I've heard people say they're "spiritual" but not interested in "organized religion". Well, Mormons are about as organized a group as any I know, and I love it. One thing about getting a group of 'believers' together is they want to make things better. Whether that's cleaning up a park or putting together a meal for someone or helping unload a moving truck, there are many opportunities to serve. By serving, I get to set aside my own troubles for a bit and focus on others, and in the process find the experience has helped me, too. As our congregations don't have a paid ministry, members of the congregation get many opportunities to contribute (those Sunday School classes aren't going to teach themselves). I've had the opportunity to teach teenagers, to teach songs to children, and to lead a men's organization. Rather than a sermon by a minister, most Sundays a few members of the congregation are asked to share their thoughts on a given topic, in the course of a year I get to hear over 100 different viewpoints on the Gospel. It's impossible to spend that much time worshiping and serving with others and not get to know each other. This social aspect is an important part of our journey. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst"--Matthew 18:20. This church's official name includes "Jesus Christ" and "latter-day Saints". We use the term "saints" to mean followers of Jesus and "latter-day" to distinguish us from those who followed Him in the early days of Christianity. To me, it means this church is a partnership, it's Jesus' church and it's our church. I have a part to contribute.