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Hi I'm David

I love computers, reading, music, family, and being a Mormon.

About Me

I've loved computers since I was about 8 when we had our old 386 PC. I loved playing video games on it, but my older brother learned how to hide the game files from me as a joke. I decided I would beat him at his own game, so I learned everything I could about computers, eventually finding the video games he had hidden. After the competitive drive wore off, I found I was fascinated by computers. I've been learning about them ever since, gradually learning how to program in languages like C#, Java, Ruby, Clojure, and others. I'm lucky to be able to have a job doing one of my hobbies. Reading is equally enjoyed as much as computers, although I can't generally find full-time reading jobs like I can programming jobs. I read all kinds of books, but have a special love of fiction. Some of my favorites include The Lord of the Rings, Foundation, To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncle Tom's Cabin, along with many others. While I'm programming, I love to indulge another hobby of mine, which is music. I can't play instruments like a pro, but I'm quite the listener. On any given day, I'm equally likely to be listening to Tchaikovsky, Keane, The Decemberists, Deadmau5, Trombone Shorty, Journey, or many others. If I could only keep one genre, though, it would be classical. Family is my most important hobby, and I do my best to cultivate those relationships in a good way. I'm happier with being with my family than I ever am reading, programming, of doing any hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of my church. My Dad was born a member as well, and my Mom decided to join the church when she was about 18 years old. This means that as I was growing up, I was taught to go to church, read scriptures, and pray to God. It was a great blessing to be brought up this way, and we received much happiness in our family as a result. However, there comes a point where you want to verify that what you are being taught is true. Inevitably, as I grew up I saw that there are many people who don't believe the way I do. Many of my friends as a teenager didn't share my beliefs. I was often questioned about them, and sometimes I was made fun of because of them. It made me realize that although I trusted my parents, I had to learn for myself whether the things I had been taught are true. To achieve this, I decided to read the entire Book of Mormon myself for the first time. I read quite a bit every day, and prayed about it often. I asked God to show me whether what I was reading are His words. As I read, I had many spiritual experiences that helped encourage me to continue reading. When I finished the book, I knelt in my room and prayed to God. I asked Him whether the book I had just read was true. As I prayed, I felt a feeling of peace come over me. It wasn't anything overpowering, grandiose, or bizarre; it was just a simple calm feeling that what I had read is true. That was enough to get me started. The Book of Mormon teaches that faith is like a little seed. It requires work and effort to get it to sprout. When it does sprout, it won't grow to maturity all at once, but must instead be nourished over a period of time. The evidence that it is growing is there, and with time it will get stronger. My faith is like that. That first experience feeling a peaceful reassurance that the Book of Mormon is the word of God was like seeing a seed sprout for the first time. Over the years I have continued to nourish that faith, and it becomes stronger with each year.

How I live my faith

My faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an integral part of my life. Part of my daily routines include reading scriptures like the Bible and the Book of Mormon (that's why our church members are often called "Mormons"), as well as praying. I do this because it helps me feel closer to God and become a better person. When I pray and read scriptures, it gives me guidance on what I should do in my life. Serving my family and other people is part of living my faith. One passage in the Book of Mormon says "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of God" (Reference: Mosiah 2:17). I view serving others in life to be a crucial requirement of living my faith. I try to emulate the example of Jesus Christ in my own life, loving and helping those around me. I'm an imperfect person, so I rarely achieve this perfectly. I'm always striving, however, to be the the type of person that goes about helping others and doing good in the world. I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary for my church for two years in Brazil. I loved living in that great country and sharing my convictions that have so blessed my life with others. While there, I taught many people from different walks of life. Some had tremendous life difficulties, others had happy and stable lives. People from both ranges of that spectrum chose to accept and live what I taught, and I saw how it blessed and enriched their lives. Some problems went away as a result of trying to live what Christ taught, other problems became more manageable with their new-found faith in Jesus Christ. These experiences strengthened my faith that true happiness in life does not come from any sources of entertainment, instead it comes from trying to live a good life and be like Jesus Christ.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

David
This discussion often suffers from a lack of understanding about defined terms. Here I use the term "homosexual feelings" to mean that someone feels an attraction towards those of their same gender. I also use the term "homosexual behavior" to mean that someone is involved in sexual behavior with a person of their same gender. We believe that sexuality is something very special and sacred, and that God has given strict guidelines about our use of it. We believe that sexual relationships should only occur within marriage. We further believe that God has declared that marriage must be between a man and a woman only. We believe that just having homosexual feelings is not a sin. Sin only occurs when those feelings are expressed in homosexual behavior. This same belief applies to those with heterosexual feelings who are not married. They may have strong sexual feelings, but they too are not in sin because of those feelings unless they give expression to them outside of marriage. I have friends and family who have with homosexual feelings, and I love them. Some of those have chosen to give expression to those feelings in homosexual relationships. I don't agree with their decision, and feel that it is contrary to God's commandments, but I continue to love them as friends and family just the same. I hope they will continue to love me even though I have different beliefs. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

David
We certainly believe we are Christians, although it's often insisted by others that we are not. I'm not sure about all the reasons for this insistence, but I know that I believe in and worship Jesus Christ. He is the one who I turn to for comfort during times of hardship, who I depend on for a remission of my sins, and who I strive to be like based on His example while here on the earth. One reason people tell us we are not Christian is that we have an additional book of scripture called the Book of Mormon, which is a companion to the Bible. Some people think that means we worship someone called Mormon, but we do not. The book is called that way because this Mormon was an ancient prophet who compiled the words of many prophets into this book. He was a man like any other, and we do not worship him, just like we don't worship other prophets such as Moses and Isaiah. We do believe they were great people and servants of Jesus Christ, however. Another reason could be that we often talk about Joseph Smith. He was the founder of our church, and we believe he was a prophet of God. However, we again group him in the same category of other prophets like Moses and Isaiah. He was a man like us, and we do not worship him one bit. We are grateful for his work and the work of all the other prophets, but we don't worship them. Show more Show less