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Hi I'm David Hester

UK born, Mormon for 58 years, 5 children 10 grandchildren. A civil engineer who worked in UK, Russia, Ghana, Nigeria, and China.

About Me

My primary role is that of Father to my 4 surviving children and Grandpop to my 9, soon to be 10 Grand children. I have always enjoyed participation in sports and try to keep myself trim and fit. presently my main pursuits are child-minding and maintaining my garden from which we get many vegetables. I am a retired Director and General Manager with both UK and International experience in the Civil, Building and Engineering Construction industries and a strong business/commercial focus. Extensive and successful record with proven ability to get things done, identify and develop improvement/repeat business opportunities and deliver profitable results in several industry sectors. I have the stamina to tackle major challenges with infectious passion, actively developing both large and small teams. A good listener with ability to inspire excellent levels of commitment and performance.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and older siblings were baptised into the church whilst I was in my infant years. My brother and I were baptised later, by which time I was aged 9. During my early years of activity within the church I was exposed to some dedicated and faithful leaders and teachers whose Christ like examples I remember to this day. I also saw my parents demonstrate their faith and testimonies as they fulfilled responsibilities within the church. Resting on the testimony of others is seldom secure in the long term and before I reached my teen years my interest in and commitment to the church was fading. However the exposure to dedicated and faithful leaders and the influence of goodly parents kept me in touch. By my early teens I was linked into a great group of active youth who were getting frequent exposure to uplifting spiritual experiences as part of our busy social calendar. I started to apply myself to occasional study of the scriptures and recognised that this was a smart thing to do. My increased exposure meant that I was beginning to develop my own testimony as I learned more about the Saviour and committed to helping my fellow men. As time elapsed I had many experiences that touched my spirit and gave me a growing assurance that I was following the true gospel of Jesus Christ. This was no blinding flash just a steady increase in my confidence and faith and I made mistakes and had to repent along the way. Since that time (some 50 years) I have come to better understand the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the necessity for the restoration and the prophetic role played by Joseph Smith in this process. As I have continued to study the Bible and other scriptures and allowed the messages therein to apply in my life I have learned to love and appreciate the Saviour and what he has done for me. I have understood the eternal nature of man and learned to love and appreciate my family far more. This process has brought and continues to bring great joy to my life.

How I live my faith

I love to attend Church weekly to partake of the Sacrament and renew my commitment to God and Christ his Son. This process refreshes me for the week ahead. Thereafter I seek to help my family and fellowmen in whatever ways I can throughout the rest of the week. Through Church and other agencies I offer and give my time talents and means to assist those who need help within the Church and public communities. I prepare for and teach a 'Gospel Principles' class each week and visit the homes of other members to see if they are spiritually and physically well. I meet weekly with the full time missionaries serving in my area to coordinate their activities into the local Church unit. As opportunities present I get involved in other service within the community helping with charity collections and other voluntary activities such as canal verge clean-ups. I attend local Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement District meetings on behalf of my Daughter and Wife who jointly own a local Haberdashery shop.