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Hi I'm David Kravetz

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church in January 1975 as an 18 year old. I served an LDS Mission to Nagoya Japan from 1976 to 1978

About Me

During my senior year of high school (1974) I had begun learning about the Mormon church. Most of my friends during my senior year were LDS members and all lived in my general neighborhood. They were amazing examples to me and treated me like a brother which was a defining note in terms of my eventually joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in January 1975. Within a year of my graduation I was kicked out of the house for my following the teachings of the Mormon church. Over the years my relationship with my step parents had bounced up and down. Though never terrible, there was never that real close feeling of being part of a truly connected family. I can’t blame my step-parents, as they had many troubles in their lives. I married my college sweetheart in 1979 and was sealed in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. We have had five children, three of whom served missions (and the two boys fulfilled their Eagle Scout Requirements), and we now have nine grandchildren. The church laid the foundation for my life. Professionally, I do web design and management, but I am also a professional travel blogger and travel photographer - travelographer (see http://lessbeatenpaths.com)

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I sought for solace through prayer and wanted to understand who my God was. As a junior in High School I had my first encounter with some Mormons, who happened to be visiting a campground near my home that I frequented. They introduced me to the Book of Mormon. A few weeks later my father was transferred to Salt Lake City...which I saw as a sign. As a senior in Murray High School I took seminary classes as a non-member because I wanted to learn more about the religion so many of my classmates belonged to. Through my reading of the Book of Mormon, coupled with the understanding of the scriptures I had gained through other religious studies, I had gained a testimony of the church and was determined to get baptized. My parents were adamantly against my desire to join the church, so I had to wait until after I was 18 to join. At that time I was still living at home, but was eventually asked to leave the household so as to not impact my siblings. Despite all of this, I joined the church and 13 months later was off on a mission to Japan. It was a wonderful testimony building experience. Upon return, I attended BYU. Ironically, in my first Ward in Provo, the girl whom I initially met in Bozeman, Montana in the summer of 1973 was also in the same ward. To me it was another sign that I had indeed made the right decision. My membership in the church, marriage to an active and wonderful young lady and joining with her family has laid a firm foundation in my life. I am by no means close to a perfect example of what a Mormon is (though I don't do anything egregious mind you), I am eternally grateful for the guidance the Lord gave me in my youth and has since directed me through adulthood, parenthood and now grandparenthood. It has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Stake Music Coordinator in the Lexington Kentucky Stake. My Stake President and I are both graduates of Murray (UT) High School, one year apart. Our wives both graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ. I also teach the High Priest Group in the Tates Creek Ward in Lexington, KY. I have served as a Ward Clerk, a Stake Employment Specialist, a Stake High Council Member, numerous Sunday School Callings and a Home Teacher. I also serve as my wife's chauffeur in her Stake Primary Presidency calling. With no children at home I often accompany her to the various stake units.