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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Oregon. I serve people as best I can--as a football teammate or building a house for a family in Tonga. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to think of myself as a people person. I love to hang out with friends and to make more friends. I love to get a group of people together to go snowboarding, boating, dirt-biking, or any other activity that involves multiple people. I like pottery, art, and constructing things such as wooden boxes or sculptures. After I return from my mission, I plan to go to college and study Chemical Engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because it shouts righteousness in every one of its attributes. Every standard that you are asked to keep, along with the time and service you are recommended to give, only seems like something you would be expected to do to follow Christ. I have never been asked to do something that affects myself or others negatively--rather everything we do helps apply the teachings of Christ or helps another. I am a Mormon because it means to be the best person you can be and to help others to be their best as well. It seems only right to me that we should be kind and loving to others and walk the path that Jesus walked to the best of our ability. It only makes sense to me that God would want us to be happy in how we feel, how we treat others, and how we are treated. The Church shows me how to do just that.

How I live my faith

Since I am a people person, I love to give Christ-like service in any way I can. For example, I invited my football team over for a movie night. I discovered that one of my teammates had an amazing talent for playing the piano but didn't own one himself. He loved music and enjoyed playing the piano whenever he found one available. Later that same week, someone from our church said that they needed to sell their piano. My mom and I got the idea to get this piano for my teammate. At football practice I had my coach send the designated teammate on an errand so I could talk to the football team without him knowing. I told them my idea and asked that they each contribute 12 dollars. Over the next week, we gathered up the money to purchase the piano. Once we had enough funds, I planned another team movie night. I told everyone but the musically talented player to come early. As a team, we picked up the piano from the seller's home and delivered the piano in the back of our truck to the player's doorstep. He was so excited about what we had done for him that he jumped into the truck and started playing the piano before we unloaded it! He stayed up the rest of the night playing the piano and recording his songs. In the following months, he showed me all the songs he had written and recorded. Just seeing his joy from the delivery night made me happy for weeks. It warms my heart to think of what this friend will do with his talents in the future. It is for moments like this that I continue to give service to others.