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Hi I'm David

I've been in all 50 states and 13 countries. I like people, especially the ones I know. I'm also a Mormon, and darn proud of it!

About Me

My Family? I've been married to wonderful women. In "Chapter 1," I was married to a daughter of Korea I had met while serving in Korea as a missionary. Kim and I shared 43 years of our lives together, and were blessed with four beautiful daughters and 12 grandchildren. Kim had assignments on the "other side" and was called home in 2010. But I was compensated with a wonderful "Chapter 2" beginning in 2011 when I met a charming lady, Elaine. She's an absolute delight to be with; I smile just thinking of her. As a Soldier? Six years in the Utah National Guard, nearly 12 years active duty with the Corps of Engineers, and nearly 20 years in Army Reserve. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with 32+ years. I particularly enjoyed the years I spent as a Reserve Military Attache', spending time each year at the American Embassy in Seoul. I volunteered for duty in Vietnam during the conflict there in the early '70s, but they sent me to Korea instead, maybe because I spoke Korean. Career? 20 years as a civilian working with the Corps of Engineers near Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Upon retirement from Civil Service, I moved to Utah and taught part-time in the Religion Department at Brigham Young University in Provo. When they decided I was retirement age, I became the Curator at the Orem Heritage Museum. From there I started serving missions for the Church, first in Seoul, Korea (Public Affairs, 2009), then Hilo, Hawaii (Church Education, 2012-14), and Utah (Member-Leader Support 2015-16).

Why I am a Mormon

As a young missionary in South Korea in the early 1960s, we always tried to help the investigator to understand that he or she needed to know the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the sure witness. We used the analogy of a Korean mother: In Korea mothers traditionally carry a child their back, held on by a light blanket. We would tell the investigator, "You can't go to heaven on your mother's back--you need to know for yourself whether what we are teaching you is true. You need to learn to walk the path yourself on your own feet...you need to participate and study and pray yourself, and as you do this you will come to know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the things we are telling you are true. We know and testify that they are true, because we have followed this process ourselves, and God has taught us by the Holy Ghost that this is the way to go." I am a Mormon because I have walked this path. I know. I have been taught by the Spirit, principle by principle..."line upon line, precept upon precept." I have learned that priesthood authority--the same priesthood that Jesus Christ and the Apostles had, is in the restored Church of Jesus Christ today. I have experienced it, I have used it. I know that the principles taught are true principles, because I have tested them. We refer to "The Plan of Salvation." It is a combination of the truths, the authority, and the leadership to be found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Much of what I know, and how I came to know it, is too sacred to put here before the world, but I testify in the name of Jesus Christ that I do know. And I know that you, the reader, can know by the same process. The Plan of Salvation is also referred to as The Plan of Happiness. The scriptures tell us, "...man is that he might have joy." I feel that joy. Even if we were to take away the other elements of the restored gospel, simply the life style and attitudes are enough entice one to live as faithful Mormons live.

How I live my faith

In the New Testament it is said that Jesus "went about doing good." I would like to emulate what He did and use the time I have left in this beautiful world "doing good." There are many opportunities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve others, whether through formal Church callings, service in the Temples that now dot the world, or through what has been called "personal ministries." Who knows what good can come from a kind word, a smile, an offer to take someone's pictures at Bridal Veil Falls, offering to change someone's tire, or offering to give someone who is ill or distraught a priesthood blessing? Opportunities to serve are endless, and by sharing the knowledge that accrues from studying the Scriptures we have (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price), plus the priesthood authority we are encouraged to exercise in others' behalf, plus just letting our light shine, we can truly do much good in this world. In the end, it all comes down to love--love for God, love for our neighbor, and love for ourselves. We should be content with our good efforts, but still strive to do a little better each day, sufficient that when we meet the Savior, he will smile and say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"