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Hi I'm David

I'm originally from San Diego, California, a fifth generation descendant of San Diego County pioneers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband of 43 years, a father of three sons and two daughters, and grandfather of 4 girls and 4 boys. I enjoy researching my family history, and was very fortunate to hear some of our family's history from my grandparents and others of their generation. I was called into the army in 1968, and served in Germany from 1970 to 1972. It was there that I was introduced to The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, obtained a testimony that it is true, and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning to Southern California, I met the lovely girl from Utah who became my wife while attending classes at the LDS institute. We sought the blessing of becoming an eternal family by being married in the temple in Salt Lake City. We returned to San Diego where we helped provide care for my grandparents until the end of their lives. My grandmother also joined the Church during that time. We settled there for the next 40 years while we raised our family. After I retired from the US Postal Service as an electronic technician, and my wife from her career as a special education teacher's aide, we moved to Utah to be close to children living there, and to enjoy doing family history research using the wonderful resources the Church has developed there.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I was involved in a Protestant church until about age 13, but had lost faith in its teachings as I grew older. At age 19 I was I was required to serve in the military, and became a member of the army. As the Viet Nam war was still in progress, I was surprised that I was sent to Germany for my over-seas duty. Some experiences I had there in Germany led me to become interested in trying to learn what I could about such questions as; Do I have a spiritual component or nature? What can I do with it to learn about it? If I have a spirit, can it exist separately from my physical body? Is life or existence after death possible? If so, can what I was taught in my early Christian experience be correct? I began reading religious writings including the bible and others dealing with eastern religions as well. As I spoke with friends about what I was learning, one of my friends suggested that I read The Book of Mormon. I found that this book explained a great deal about bible and answered many of the questions for which I had sought understanding. In learning about its origin and its translator, The Prophet Joseph Smith, I became firmly confident that it was just what it claimed to be, another testament of Jesus Christ. The friend who let me read his Book of Mormon also spoke about the restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the power of the priesthood that is present in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I wanted to learn more about this as I felt this could help me find the answers to my questions about my spiritual nature and the power of God as demonstrated in the bible, but which I did not see in the churches I had attended. I met with the missionaries who challenged me to pray to know whether the Book of Mormon is true. I received a powerful confirmation, and accepted their invitation to be baptized. I am very grateful for the knowledge that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ, and for my membership in it.

How I live my faith

While we have served in various callings in the in the priesthood and women's organizations, and in working with children, we have always been involved in sharing the gospel message through both through teaching in various ward callings and in working with the missionaries to teach those investigating our faith. Some of the families we were assigned to visit each month as home or visiting teachers were families we worked with as missionaries to teach the message of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of our closest and life long friends are those we have served in this manner, or with whom we worked in this service.