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Hi I'm David

I am now living the retired life in Arizona. I have had careers in education, telecommunications, and real estate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Salt Lake City and loved to ski and play tennis. I spent one winter between jobs with my brother carving figure 8s down the powder slopes of Alta. I taught guitar to put myself through college. I have a bachelor's degree in Communications and a master's in Education. I love to teach, but ended up in telecommunications to better support my family. I got to start life over at age 56 when the company I worked for folded, so I sold real estate until I was able to retire at age 68. I now spend much of my time with our oldest son's family, who lives nearby, which includes 5 of our 7 grand kids. It's fun being a full-time grandpa.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was "born" into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had to find out for myself that this was the Lord's true church. I read the Bible and Book of Mormon and other church books, and fasted and prayed for an answer. It didn't come immediately, but it did come. I know that this is the Lord's restored church on the earth, and the more I study and pray about it, the more sure I become. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me live a life that is pleasing to my Father in Heaven. It also provides the priesthood ordinances of the temple that "seals" my wife and children to me for eternity. Family is where we receive our greatest joy in life, and I want that to continue into the next life.

How I live my faith

I try to do what is right in how I live my life. I don't always succeed, but I try. I also try to serve in the church in whatever capacity I am asked. I interrupted my college to serve a full-time mission in the Central States for two years. I love to get to know the members I am assigned to visit in a program called "home teaching." I also love to teach gospel lessons; I usually learn more than those I teach. Although I'm an introvert by nature, I try to be friendly to all those I meet at church and in our neighborhood. I am looking forward to serving a mission for the next 18 months with my wonderful wife. This is something we have planned to do our entire married life, and we are excited to be able to serve together in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

David
In my opinion, this is one of the evidences that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is, in fact, the restored church that Jesus Christ established when He was on the earth. He certainly wasn't paid to preach, nor did he dress in expensive clothes or live in a fancy home or a palace. The Apostles also weren't paid for their service, nor was anyone else in the early church. The Lord's Church is where we are all equal in the sight of God, and where we serve one another because that is what Jesus Christ asked us to do. Show more Show less