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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a banjo-playing, retired aerospace engineer and an author. I was born, raised and lived most of my life in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah and an MBA from Utah State University. Fresh out of school, I worked for Shell Chemical Company in California for two years then went back for a graduate degree. Using my business training, I was a Human Resource Consultant, then opened and operated a bluegrass music shop for five years. Out of financial necessity I closed the store and resorted to my engineering training to hire on at Thiokol, an aerospace company specializing in solid propellant rocket motors. During my 27-year career there, I was engaged in propellant mixing operations mostly. However, I also served as a scientist in helping to solve problems on the Space Shuttle program. I guess, technically, you could say I was a rocket scientist. My final position was as a program manager doing explosives development for the US Army. My business was booming then. Upon retiring I concentrated more on my banjo playing hobby and made a run with a bluegrass band called Banjoman & Co. My wife plays bass in the band. She and I have raised four married children, three boys and one girl, who have blessed us with 14 grandchildren. Recently, I finally published a book that I finished writing over 20 years ago. It took me seven years to write utilizing 15 minutes daily on my lunch hours during a busy time when I was a scoutmaster and raising a family. The book is titled,"Bring-to-Life Book of Mormon Stories."

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of his true and living Church on the earth has grown incrementally as I have experienced life. It started with my baptism. On the way home from the font, my mother asked me how I felt. I told her I felt really clean. That is the earliest that I can remember feeling the Holy Spirit. My experiences in the Church growing up were good. I always felt that it was the right thing to do to go to Church. My older brother set an example for me by serving a mission. When it came time for me to decide about going on a mission, I had a wonderful experience in my back yard when Heavenly Father answered my prayers in a definite way. I knew then that He was real, that He answers prayers, and that He wanted me to serve. When our patriarch laid his hands upon my head to give me a blessing I could feel the power of God going from his hands to my head and through my body like electricity. As a young missionary I studied about the prophet Joseph Smith, and as I testified to others about his vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the Spirit testified to me that what I was saying was true. I started reading The Book of Mormon each day and gained a witness of its truthfulness. I have come to love The Book of Mormon dearly. It clarifies many questions arising from the Bible. With only one book of scripture, the Bible, it is like a pinwheel with one nail in it; the wheel can spin around giving many interpretations, hence many different churches. The Book of Mormon, a Second Witness of Jesus Christ, another book of scripture given on a different continent, puts another nail in the wheel so it can't spin; there is just one position. There have been so many other experiences in my life since being that young missionary that have confirmed my testimony that Jesus Christ is our living Savior, that He loves you and me, that this is His true Church on the earth, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that the Spirit is real.

How I live my faith

I have been a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was baptized at age eight. The Church has lay ministry, so I have shown my devotion by serving in many callings in the Church throughout my life without remuneration. As part of my service I held several positions in the Boy Scouts of America, a chartered partner with the Church. My vacation days were split between my growing family and the scouts as we went on camp outs. It was rewarding to see the young men in Scouting progress and earn their Eagle awards. Between the ages of 19 and 21, I served full-time as a missionary for the Church in Tennessee and West Virginia. My wife and I are now headed on a joint, 18-month mission to Rostov, Russia. Since our marriage 47 years ago, we have looked forward to when we could serve as missionaries together. After caring for our aged parents who have now passed on to a better world, the time has come. She and I have always been willing to serve our fellow Church members and neighbors whether members or not. My callings have included being a bishop for a congregation (ward) made up of USU college students. I have been a Sunday School teacher for adult classes and a president of our local Sunday School organization. Since age 14 I have faithfully fulfilled assignments to visit three to four families in our various wards monthly as a home teacher.