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Hi I'm David

I'm a happily married father of eight, psychologist and musician and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Growing up in Littleton, Colorado, I was one of only eight members of the LDS faith. My peers were very supportive of my values and I enjoyed attending BYU before serving a two year mission to Sapporo, Japan. I met my wife Cathy at BYU and knew we would be a great pair because we both wanted twelve children, loved music and being near the mountains. Besides learning the importance of gospel principles in our home, I have discovered after forty years of working as a psychologist the importance of these same principles for any person in any walk of life. Trust, respect and love will always be the core of any happy marriage, successful family or peaceful nation. I have written a song for each of our twenty grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Born a member of the LDS faith was such a powerful foundation for life. I remain a member of The Church of Jesus Christ because the principles are true. I have enjoyed countless miracles in my lifetime, not the least of which is surviving cancer due to Priesthood blessings and the righteous prayers of children, friends, neighbors and family members. The experiences of life have convinced me I have a loving Heavenly Father who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to insure my salvation and the salvation of all of His children. Together with my wife Cathy, we have discovered the most important work of this life is to raise a righteous family and we have been blessed with six remarkable daughters and two exceptional sons who have each married phenomenal partners and provided us with twenty grandchildren, ten grandsons and ten granddaughters with two more grandsons on the way. What a wonderful blessing to know the plan of salvation, to know life has a purpose, that my life has a purpose and we can make a difference in the world.

How I live my faith

Working at Utah State University, I am blessed to counsel with students on a daily basis and supervise doctoral interns from around the country. Regardless of personal or professional philosophy, I find there is a truth about every individual's identity. Knowing that you are a son or daughter of God helps address a host of issues that challenge happiness or potential. If I can help clients or students know this fundamental truth can change trauma into triumph. Adopting a growth mindset is easier when you can put the lessons of life into an eternal perspective. We are that we might have joy.