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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father of two, and grandfather of three. I like cars. My son and I restored a 1967 Chevelle, a car that was popular when I was in High School. I hold a degree in Electrical Engineering and have worked for over 30 years in engineering and project management.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Mormon Church. As I was growing up, a belief in God and strong feelings that I had to answer not only to my parents, but to God for my misdeeds helped me stay out of serious trouble. I eventually reached the point where it was important for me to know for myself if the Church was true or not. I don't recall a major life-altering experience that helped me decide, but rather a succession of seemingly small experiences over many years that have built my faith. For me it was less like flipping a switch and going from dark to light, and more like climbing a mountain. Each step might not mean much individually, but when you put them all together and look where you've been, you can see how far you've come. When my wife and I became parents, the teachings, friends, support, and guidance we received from the Church as an organization, and our faith in the teachings of Jesus Christ gave us the confidence that we were doing the best we could do, and helped us discern how to guide our children.

How I live my faith

I try to keep in mind that I have promised to always remember Jesus Christ. Since I, as most people, have to devote most of my waking hours to work, to "always remember Jesus Christ" means I do my best take His teachings into my heart so they can guide me while I am focused on other things. When a decision needs to be made regarding my work, the first question I ask myself is, "What is the right thing to do?" When I have free time, I make sure that the entertainment I choose does not run counter to the Savior's teachings. Whenever we travel, whether for work or for a family vacation, we always try to find the closest Mormon congregation and attend Sunday meetings. My work has taken me to many places, including extended visits to Taiwan and to Australia. I have always found that the members are happy to welcome visitors no matter who they are or how long they plan to stay. Attending meetings was especially interesting in Taiwan, since I don't speak Chinese. But their friendliness as well as the familiarity of the meetings helped me to feel right at home. It also helped that some of the members could speak some English, some of them quite well. I even had the opportunity to prepare messages and speak to the congretation on two occasions in Taiwan. The Mormon Church has a lay ministry, meaning that members of each congregation are responsible for teaching and uplifting each other. I have served as a counselor or assistant to our Bishop, who is the leader of our congregation. I have served as a youth leader, and as a teacher of both adults and youth. In these responsibilities I frequently had the opportunity to visit with members of our congregation in their homes as well as at church meetings. I find that in this service I have been able to not only get to know the members of our congregation on a more personal level, but to look outside myself and feel just a small amount of the love that our Savior has for each of us.