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Hi I'm David Forthoffer

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather. I am a Mormon.

About Me

After a long career in computer programming, I've had various other jobs and hobbies, including photographer, census worker, soccer dad, legal transcriptionist, cannery worker, web designer, caregiver, youth football umpire, author, and paralegal. I have reached the pinnacle of success—husband to a wonderful wife, father to wonderful children, and grandfather to wonderful grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I had had some experiences that could only be explained by the existence of spirits that interacted with me in positive, not-so-subtle ways. That lead to me having complete confidence that spirits existed and sometimes interacted with people. As I lived my life after these experiences, I found more confirmations of that knowledge, but few churches that fully integrated that knowledge into their principles and practices. I encountered the Church while looking for a church to help me and my wife better raise our foster son. We met with the missionaries and I found that every thing fit together. We were all baptized. My wife and I had each been raised in a dysfunctional family. The Church became our family, complete with role models, standards, positive reinforcement, learning, and growing. That marriage did not work out, and we parted ways after ten years. I married another woman strong in the Gospel, who came with some wonderful children. I continued to develop as a person, and the last several years of our marriage were very happy. She passed away in 2012. My absolute knowledge of the spirit world and the Plan of Salvation was a great comfort to me, since I knew that her essential being—her spirit—was alive and well in the spirit world, and not hurting any more. I remarried again in 2013 to another wonderful woman. We both practice the principles of the Gospel, though I confess that she does it better than I, especially regarding service. She blesses the lives of those around her, including me. We are very happy. We look forward to a long life of happiness and service. I know I would not have developed into the person I am today without the Gospel. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and performed miracles here on earth. I know that we are lead by inspired leaders who love their flock and work hard at shepherding us to eternal happiness. I know that Jesus Christ lives and leads our Church.

How I live my faith

I grew up as a dysfunctional, selfish introvert. Over decades and with the help of the Church and the Gospel, I became much more social and much more aware of the Big Picture—that our mortal lives are but a blip in the course of our eternal lives, and that how we conduct ourselves here on earth can greatly affect our eternal happiness, for better or worse. I am still selfish, but in a different way. I want eternal happiness, know how to gain eternal happiness, and have reshaped my life toward that direction. I now enjoy helping other people become happier, whether by supportively socializing with them, or helping them temporally. (I realize I cannot MAKE a person happy—only they can do that—but I can make it easier for a person to be happier.) Some people say that to gain exaltation, one must work at obeying the commandments, and endure to the end. I do not take that approach. I do not "endure" obeying the commandments. I have learned to genuinely ENJOY doing what I should be doing. I live my life happily, having developed many good habits, with a wonderful wife who makes obeying the commandments easier. By the way, I am not on the "Practice random acts of kindness" bandwagon. Why should I randomly decide to be kind? I vastly prefer "Practice habitual acts of kindness." Aside trying to brighten the lives of people I meet, I help the Church as an assistant clerk helping with recordkeeping, as a worker preparing food orders for needy households, and helping youth at summer camp. I am also learning to officiate at youth football games, and tutor chess. Living the Gospel is actually pretty straightforward, though that may not actually be "easy," and is sometimes exhausting!