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Hi I'm David

I'm an explorer. I love traveling to new places, whether they're urban areas or nature reserves. I love adventure. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy traveling, across the United States and outside of it. My family is scattered across the US, so I've spent time visiting a lot of it - over 20 states! I also lived in Mexico for a year - got to work on my Spanish skills, and experience a different culture. But even when I'm in my home area, I enjoy exploring Boston or finding nearby hiking trails where I can go bouldering or climbing. I play Ultimate Frisbee with my friends and with my school's team. I'm always trying to improve my ultimate skills. If I'm not playing frisbee, I can be found rock climbing, hiking, or doing tricks on my trampoline. I love playing games - card games, board games, video games, anything that requires strategy. I play Magic: the Gathering when I can, and I love Settlers of Catan or Risk. I'm serving a mission in the Italy, Milan mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, like many members. I was baptized at eight years old, received the Aaronic Priesthood at twelve, and was set apart as a missionary when I was eighteen. I have felt the blessings of the gospel and know the good feelings that come from going to church regularly and reading my scriptures, and listening to the prophets. When I go to church I feel the peace of the Spirit. I believe in a loving Heavenly Father, and His plan makes sense - our lives are a learning period, and I can see that every day. Having studied the Book of Mormon and the teachings of Latter-Day Saint leaders today, I have a firm testimony that what is taught in this church is true and that our prophets and apostles are truly called of God. I see my being a member of the LDS church as an opportunity to learn about and understand people better. While I have my own beliefs, I think it's a good idea to learn about others' beliefs to connect with them better, and the church encourages understanding among all people.

How I live my faith

All throughout high school, I attended seminary - the early-morning scripture study class. It was difficult some mornings, but most of the time I just enjoyed spending time focused on studying the scriptures. Maybe not the most normal way to spend one's mornings during high school, but it helped build my testimony that the scriptures contain the word of God. I'm currently serving a mission in Italy, and it's wonderful to have this opportunity to share my faith with others in a different country. I study my scriptures daily and think about how best to teach others about my beliefs. I go to church every Sunday, have teaching appointments with church members and people interested in my religion, and walk around talking to people about their beliefs and mine.