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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon who was born in American Falls, Idaho and raised in Rockland, Idaho with 5 brothers and 5 sisters.

About Me

I love to help others. I served a mission in New Zealand and my wife and I are now going to serve a mission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are the parents of 8 children and will soon have our 25th grandchild. We have lived in our current home for 38 years now and love knowing the members of our ward and the people in our neighborhood. We usually have a neighborhood pot luck dinner in our yard every year to which all neighbors on our street our invited. We have a large garden including apple trees, cherry trees, plum tree, pear trees, kiwi vines, rhubarb, blue berries, rasp berries, straw berries, grapes an goose berries. We also enjoy growing vegetables such as peas, corn, lettuce, carrots, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes and any other vegetables we can grow. Our children are scattered all over Ely, Nevada, Castle Rock, Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado, San Diego, California, Redding California, Port Orchard, Washington, Sedro Woolley, Washington and Bellingham, Washington. So as you can imagine we do spend a lot of time traveling to see each of our children and our grand children. Our oldest grand daughter just got married last year so we expect that by the time we get home from our mission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada we will be Great Grandparents. My brother and I served in the same mission in New Zealand and were there together for about 6 months so about 2 years ago we took our wives and toured New Zealand for about 3 weeks to have an enjoyable experience together.

Why I am a Mormon

My great great grandfather married Hyrum Smith's daughter. Hyrum Smith was the brother of Joseph Smith who is the one the Lord had restore his Church on the earth (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mormons). My family from that time on have been very faithful as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and raised me to be the same. My family (father and siblings) had an original copy of the Book of Mormon which I loved to read which has also established a strong testimony in my life. When I was 19 I went on a mission to New Zealand where one of my older brother's was also serving a mission and we were in the same mission for about 6 months. I had the opportunity of teaching about 40 people who were baptized and became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My children were also involved of bringing several of their friends and a teacher and her husband to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and joined the church. All of these experiences and seeing the amazing changes which took place in their lives has also effected my life. I Know that Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven loves us all and will support us when we turn to him.

How I live my faith

My wife and I love to serve others. We have worked at the Ferndale Food Bank for over a year now. We have also served the Vancouver, British Columbia temple every Wednesday that the LDS temple is open. We also look for opportunities to serve others whether it is helping them with yard work, helping someone load their food or other items they have purchased. When I was 22 I served in the Army National Guard. When in basic training in South Carolina on our first day we of training we were taken on a large run in which almost half of our troop fail out as they were not able to keep up with the troop. The night after the failed run I asked all of the troop to meet so we could discuss the failure and what we could do to keep it from happening again. I told them that I would run at the back of the troop and if any of them were having problems and could not keep up that they could drop to the back of the troop and give me their back pack or gun so they would be able to keep up with the rest of the troop. You have to understand that I am only about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed only about 140 pounds at that time. One day as we were running I had 2 of the troop members drop back and give me their back packs and 3 their rifles and as we were running I was also pulling another member of the troop so he would not fall out of the group. The great think was that we never lost a member of the troop. All were able to keep up with the troop and move forward in their training.

What is the priesthood?

David
It gives us the opportunity to act in behalf of our Father in Heaven to bless his children here on the earth when we hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

What are Mormon temples used for?

David
The temple give us the opportunity to be sealed together as families for this life and on through eternity. We also have the opportunity to do the same work for those who have already left this live to give them the opportunity for Eternal Families if they choose to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less