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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in Southern Utah. I am a retired social worker. I have visited or lived in all 50 states. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up a member of the LDS Church in a little southern Utah town. Virtually everyone I went to school with were of my same faith. Living my religion was easy because everyone else had the same religion. At age 19 I went on a two year mission to Virginia and North Carolina. This gave me an opportunity of learning about other religions and other cultures. During this time I received a spiritual confirmation that God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that what I was teaching others was true. I loved this experience. Upon returning home, I met my wife to be at college. She is from New York. We have now been married for 45 years and have seven children and 17 grand children. We have now been called to serve a mission in South Carolina. I obtained a masters degree in social work and spent 36 years as a social worker. I worked in many facets of social work and loved being able to help others with their issues and challenges. I have served twice as an LDS Bishop. The first time was at the Utah State prison. It was an experience never to be forgotten. I grew to love the men and women there despite their crimes and backgrounds. I learned that God loved them as well and that they were his sons and daughters. He rejoiced when they repented and came back to him. I have spent a lifetime of service in the Church and know that it provides the formula for a joyful and happy life. I invite others to find what I have found.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have spent a lifetime learning and living and am grateful that I am a member of the Mormon Church. I gained a spiritual witness that this Church is true while serving as a missionary in Virginia. It was a powerful and touching experience and a confirmation from Heavenly Father that this is His true Church on the earth. My testimony is confirmed as I read the Book of Mormon and know that it along with the Bible are witnesses that Jesus is the Christ. I am most grateful for the witness that life continues beyond the grave and that we will all be resurrected and can live together as families in Heaven. God loves us and wants us to return and live with him. The Gospel provides a road map for that to happen. I am humbled to know that I am on the right path and along with my family will have the opportunity to live with God for eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to Church every Sunday, reading the scriptures most every day, and praying to my Heavenly Father each day. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren as well. For the past three plus years I have served as a missionary helping others in their effort to find their ancestors. My major assignment has been to help others as they index old census, birth, death, marriage and other records. This allows others to use these records to search for their ancestors. An average of one million records are indexed every day. This adds to the billions of searchable records the Church has available for others to search. One of the most joyful experiences anyone ever has is to find their ancestors. I have been able to trace my ancestors back to Adam. That is indeed a thrill.