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Hi I'm David

I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband to the most beautiful woman and a father of 7 wonderful children. I work as a Systems Administrator and thoroughly enjoy my work. I love spending time with my children. I enjoy doing things with my hands, constructing or building things to make them look beautiful. I can usually be found either on the computer or outside doing something productive.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the great privilege of being born and raised a Mormon. I come from a long line of great Mormons with wonderful stories and strong testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ. Their examples have strengthened me spiritually and have given me a deep seated desire to continue their great legacy. As all people are brought to a point of decision to stay on the course they are on or to seek other paths. My different choice was placed before me when I was about 14 years old. At that time, through very wise parents, I was asked to read the Book of Mormon and pray to our loving Heavenly Father for an answer to the validity of the church and its prophets. Through that experience I began to understand what the gospel really was and what it meant to me. Since that time in my life it has never been a question of where I should be and if I should follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a youth I was given wonderful experiences to serve as a leader in my youth programs. I was given the responsibility, several years in a row, to prepare and organize spiritual meetings for “Fathers and Sons” campouts, inviting speakers to present gospel messages or prepare and give one myself. I also had the privilege of participating in spiritually based leadership camps as a participant and a leader. These experiences prepared me to serve a mission when I was 19. Since then I have readily served in any capacity that was given to me. I have had the privilege to serve in many positions, working with children, youth and adults. I have been truly blessed by the people that I have worked with and have touched my life in such a wonderful and positive way. I have made many wonderful friends along the way and I have felt enriched and blessed by their testimonies and examples. I only hope that my service has touched the lives of those that I have had the great privilege to serve.

How I live my faith

I consider my faith to be an intrigue part of who I am. As a family we try to read from the scriptures to help teach our children the importance of scripture study and to instill in them a desire to read and learn from them. Reading the scriptures brings a noticeably calm spirit into our home. Each week we set a time aside to teach specific principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ from the scriptures and from the Prophet. Our children have gained a great understanding of the scriptures through this teaching. A couple of years ago we taught from the Old Testament. It was wonderful to here later, in class or other conversation, how much our older children had retained and understood from our teaching them Old Testament stories and teachings. We are currently doing this same thing using the New Testament. It is wonderful to bring these teachings into our home. I am grateful for the lessons we learn from the scriptures and the help that it gives us in our everyday lives.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

The short answer is that the Mormon Prophet is chosen by inspiration from the Holy Ghost through much prayer and spiritual insight. But the process does not start once the last Prophet has passed away, as some may think. A person is prepared for a long time to be the prophet through personal spiritual growth where a person makes a life of living the gospel of Jesus Christ and exceptional service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When a person is called to the Quorum of the Twelve they are considered already prophets but are not the “Prophet” as is referred to the President of the Church. As a member of the Twelve they are in a position that they may become the Prophet and President of the Church. Each member of the Quorum of the Twelve has a seniority based on the date and time they were ordained into that Quorum. This person moves up in seniority only by the death of a member of this Quorum or the death of the Prophet. Once this person is the senior member of this Quorum, this person, through the death of the current Prophet, will be put in the position that they can, through much prayer and spiritual insight and unanimous decision by the Quorum of the Twelve, accept the calling as Prophet and President of the Church or give this position to another as the Lord requires. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Young men have long been taught that every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. They are taught that they should prepare for missionary service by keeping themselves clean and pure and worthy to represent the Lord, maintaining their health and strength, studying the scriptures, and where possible, attend seminary and institute. Young women, as well, are encouraged to go on missions where they can make a valuable contribution as missionaries. Their service is welcomed. Couples of all ages are also encouraged to serve a mission. Especially mature couples that have the time and means to serve. I am truly grateful for the opportunity that I had to serve a mission and for the spiritual strength I gained as I relied on the Lord for spiritual capacity and the ability to teach his gospel. I am also grateful that my wife had the opportunity to serve a mission. Her service has been a great example to our children and a great strength in her ability to teach our children. Show more Show less