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Hi I'm Dave

I was born in Idaho and raised in Utah. I am a retired educator. I started a charter school in southern Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a non-religious, partially non-member household by wonderful parents. I was a struggling teenager, looking for the correct spiritual affiliation that would work for me. Although baptized at 8 years of age, I did not affiliate myself with the church with any real purpose until I was 21 years old, and so did not serve a mission as a young man. I graduated from the University of Utah and worked as a banker for 13 years. After going back to school, I received my credentials and fulfilled my dream of becoming a teacher, like my sweet wife. I taught 4th and 6th grades for 7 years, eventually working in various other areas of education which included my participation in the creation of a K-8 charter school in Ivins, Utah. After 17 years, I retired. My wife and I have 3 grown children and 11 grandchildren. I have served 3 church service missions, one in the Audit Department of the Church, one in the the Sandy Employment Resource Center, and one at LDS Business College for a total of 4 years. My wife and I have just been issued a call to serve an 18 month mission as a senior couple in the Australia, Perth mission. I guess I'm making up for what I should have done 40 years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because first and foremost, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I have received that personal witness through diligent effort. I have, through a significant period of time in my life, at worst, openly ridiculed the church, it's teachings and it's leaders, to at best, simply showing my indifference to it. Difficult periods of time in my life compelled me to search out the truth. I attended different denominations, and truthfully, derived some satisfaction out of what I felt. However, I knew that what I was feeling wasn't the fulness of the Gospel; something was missing. Through much prayer, contemplation, as well as searching of the scriptures over a large chunk of my life, I gained my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because there is no where else for me to go but up. Up includes personal growth, both in spiritual and secular ways. Up includes treating everybody with dignity and respect. Up means living up to my potential by living a life worthy of having the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life. Up means constantly searching for truth and knowledge from the right sources. Up means never forgetting the price paid by my Savior for my salvation. Up means...walking the talk.

How I live my faith

After some hard lessons, I have realized that for me to be successful in life, I must throw everything I have into my membership in the Church. For some time, I was a bit of a fence sitter, and I've got the scars to prove it. There was a period of time in my life that if I missed an occasional Sunday block of meetings, or "forgot" to fulfill a commitment that I had made to perform an assignment or to home teach, it was just not a big deal. I have since realized that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is far more than simply a church, or a place to gather together to learn and socialize. To me, it has become a cloak of sorts. A cloak that I can wrap around myself and my family in order to receive protection from the disturbing trends that are occurring in society today. Although none of us are immune from the difficulties that are inherent in living in this world, the gift of the Holy Ghost gives me the comfort and knowledge of the love our Heavenly Father has for us. That through the good times, and even through the bad times, He is aware of us, knows each of us by name, and is available to us ...we simply have to ask in humility and faith. I also find that as I serve others, my faith increases. By trying to be a diligent home teacher, by fulfilling my callings to the best of my ability, which currently includes working as a nursery leader with my wife, and by volunteering my time to perform service, I feel peace in my heart, and love for those I serve. This in turn increases my love for my Savior, as well as increases my understanding of and appreciation for His ultimate atoning sacrifice. I often wonder how He could have known that I would be such a rebellious soul, which would in turn require this wonderful gift that allows me to find forgiveness for my trespasses against Him and against those around me. I have the opportunity to live in such a way that if I choose, I can live with my Heavenly Father and with my family FOREVER. It just doesn't get much better than that!!