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Hi I'm Dave Tervort

I was a high school and college athlete. I am a retired educator & coach, proud father of 7 & grandfather of 23. I am a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a young man I had very little interest in religion. My major interests were hunting, fishing, camping and my greatest love was for sports. In high school I was a 4 sport letterman and received the award for the most outstanding athlete. I played football and baseball at Ricks College. At BYU I met and married the best person I have ever known. She is my best friend and at this time we have been married 39 years. I was a public school teacher, coach & recently retired after 34 years. We have 7 children and 23 grandchildren. Our oldest grandchild is 13 years old so you can imagine how active our house is when we get together. We do get together often and we love it. Our 3 sons all served missions, the oldest & the youngest both served in Chile & the middle son served in Hong Kong. Our 6 oldest children are all married to wonderful people. Our oldest daughters each married faithful returned missionaries & our youngest daughter is now serving a mission in McAllen, Texas. The gospel has brought our family so much joy & happiness. My children, my wife and I all have testimonies of the gospel and know that it can bless the lives of all of Heavenly Father’s children. That is why my wife & I have accepted a call to serve a mission in the Nebraska, Omaha mission. We are excited to share the wonderful message of the gospel of Jesus Christ & we do not consider this a sacrifice in anyway. I have been blessed more than I could ever deserve.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a great desire to play college sports. My size was an a negative as far as the college recruiters were concerned. I was just 5’ 8” tall & only weighed 145 lbs. I accepted a scholarship to play football & baseball at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. The name of the school has since been changed to BYU Idaho. Ricks College was owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I really loved the school and my experiences I had there. Many of those wonderful experiences came as a direct result of the kindness & love of the devoted church members that attended that school. My second year of college was a time of personal soul searching. I felt a real need for more direction in my life. During that time I was blessed to be assigned to room with two LDS returned missionaries on football road trips. From the time I got to know them I really admired them because they were not only great athletes but they were kind, humble, moral men that really seemed to have their act together. There were many times I thought to myself, how nice it would be if I could be more like them. We began to discuss religion on those road trips & they challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and to sincerely pray & ask God if it were true. Their challenge was eventually accepted & it led to a very personal, wonderful spiritual experience. I came to have a great testimony of that wonderful book. I then had sufficient evidence to help me to know and that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ had truly been restored. The rest is history! I had been baptized as a child but had never been very involved in church but from that time on I committed to become a fully active member. Six months later I found myself totally engulfed in the church, serving a mission of my own in Japan for 2 years. It was a wonderful experience that helped me to feel the love of God not only for myself but for all of His children. The spiritual experiences I had on my mission gave me an unshakable testimony.

How I live my faith

When I was a young married man most of the time my service in the church was centered on working with young men. Later in my life I was called to serve in various leadership positions. I served as a Bishop of a ward that had around 400 members for 6 years. Later I was asked to serve as a Stake President for 9 years which placed me over 10 wards with a total membership of the stake around 4,000. My family included 7 children and we began from the start trying to hold regular family scripture time, family home evenings once a week and to read the scriptures at least each week day. When my children were older we moved from trying to read one page a day to completing the Book of Mormon each calendar year. We have also taken great comfort and been spiritually strengthened by being able to attend the temple. It has been a great blessing in our lives. Again when our children were smaller we went to the temple once a month and now that they are grown we try to go at least 2 or 3 times a month. We became quite good at having family prayer both morning and night and sometimes more than once each morning or night depending on when different kids were coming and going. When I was released from my calling as stake president my wife and I were called to teach the 5 year old children in primary. It has been one of my favorite callings in the church. I later taught the 11 year old boys in primary and was an assistant Cub Scout den leader. My wife and I are going soon to serve a mission in the Nebraska, Omaha mission. We will be assigned to work in two different visitor’s centers and in the Winter Quarter’s Temple. We will also be assigned a ward where we can do more missionary work. We are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to share our testimonies of the restored gospel.