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Hi I'm Dave

I was born and grew up in California. I met & married a girl from West Virginia. I was a policeman for 43 years. I'm Mormon.

About Me

When I was young (7 years old) my dad died. It was really hard on us. I decided that I no longer believed in God, because I figured He didn't care about me. That changed when I was in college. I began to understand what life is all about. I began to believe again, and it has made all the difference. Now I am married, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather!

Why I am a Mormon

After my dad died my mother remarried. It was not a good marriage, and after her husband violently attacked her, they divorced. An amazing couple came to the rescue and helped her recover from her injuries. They really lived a Christ-like life. When it came time to attend college, the husband pointed me in a great direction. I became involved in good activities, and eventually found myself listening to two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! They answered so many of my questions that I'd had for so many years, like "What happens when we die?" and "Why is life so hard?" and "If there is a God, why would He care about me?" I read the scriptures they told me about, and especially the Book of Mormon. It was like someone turned a light on in a dark room! I felt at peace every time I met with the missionaries, and every time I read from the scriptures. It was funny because I started going to church with them at a college "ward" and people there just figured I was a rebellious member... I didn't look like them. I had longer hair, and dressed more like a wild California kid of the 60's than a Mormon! So when the missionaries told people I was going to be baptized they were shocked! Since then it hasn't always been easy. I've had struggles. My family wasn't too supportive, most of my friends turned away from me, or they wanted me to do things the Church taught wasn't good. But I've stuck with it! And because I have, I have met the most amazing people, had wonderful experiences serving and helping others, and have developed life-long friendships unlike any other! But most of all, my relationship with my Heavenly Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ, has become so close! I know now that they love me and care about me and about my life. And that makes everything I do worth it!

How I live my faith

I love living a life where I can help others. That was why I became a policeman. And it is why I love serving in my church callings. I especially love teaching teenagers in Sunday School classes! But sharing my love for others, and for the Gospel, gives me a great deal of happiness.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Dave
I think sometimes people are confused by this and make it a big issue. Maybe it is because I grew up around different religions, but I've never thought anything about it. Mormons do baptisms for people who have died out of love for others. It's like people of other churches lighting candles or saying prayers in behalf of people who have died or who need help. If those people want to pray for me, or for my family, or perform some ritual in behalf of my loved ones, I'd say "thank you" because it is so kind of them to think of me or my loved ones. Mormons are like that. They sure don't do these things to anger people or to insult them. We just believe that, in the next life, our doing these "proxy" baptisms will give the people more chances for eternal happiness. We want those things for everybody, because we're all brothers and sisters and we love people. It opens up a whole bunch of amazing promises our Heavenly Father has made to us, His children. Show more Show less