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Hi I'm David

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I'm an engineering consultant and professor in Arkansas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an engineering consultant and professor. I love cars. I was raised in a garage helping my dad fix cars. Now I teach and consultant about cars. Particularly I design off-road vehicles and just had a production model race in the Baja 1000 in Mexico. I also teach vehicle dynamics at the university and am a faculty adviser to the student section of SAE and assist them in building off-road racing vehicles for competition in the SAE Mini-Baja. My wife and I have 5 children and 17 grandchildren who are our hobby. We love boating, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving and traveling. I also have reconstructed the garage in which I grew up and restore old cars. I have a 1949 Dodge Pickup that is running and a 1938 Buick that is not.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon and prayed whether it was true. As promised at the end of the book, I got an answer. I find that the point of the church is to help us to actually communicate with God my Father. By following the teachings of the church I have developed an increasing ability to talk with God. The Book of Mormon is a second witness of Jesus Christ in conjunction with the Bible. With those two witnesses plus the testimony of a living prophet and 12 apostles continuing revelation from God helps me navigate through this ever-changing world in which we live. Having survived perhaps two thirds of my life, I can really say that this is the plan of happiness. I have been blessed from on high with knowledge of Him and a change of heart that has allowed me to approach that great goal of having charity possess me. That is the greatest gift and challenge of all and truly brings happiness that surpasses all understanding.

How I live my faith

I joined the church 46 years ago when I was 20. It doesn't seem that long ago. After joining the church I transferred, on a whim, over to Brigham Young University from the University of Houston. There I met my future wife. But we were not married until after I served a mission in Germany and she served a mission in Argentina. Upon my return "we got married in a fever". Since then we have lived and loved the church and our family. I have served as a congregation leader or bishop, what some would call the preacher, but I didn't do a lot of preaching. Members do that each Sunday. I just picked who would get the "opportunity." Each calling or position in the church is temporary, so I also served as a youth leader and a leader over many congregations. My favorite calling is as a home teacher. That is where I have the responsibility to care for a few families in our congregation. I make sure their needs are met and am a personal minister to them. Each person in the church is served that way. I converted from the Baptist faith. I love the Baptists and did not reject what they believe but added to it.