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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 26 year old college student studying Mechanical Engineering. I hope to go into robotics or research, but honestly I just love to create. Before starting engineering I dabbled in music, art, and creative writing. I honestly don't have time for much of that anymore, but I still enjoy it. Honestly, I find just about everything out there to be somewhat interesting. I also enjoy martial arts, fencing, and dancing. Up here at school this takes the form of going to capoeira, fencing, or swing dancing, assuming I have the time. I'm indo-dutch on my mother's side, and 1/8th native american on my father's side. I most express my indo-heritage through cooking indonesian and southeast asian foods, and through studying the dutch language. I've never had the opportunity to visit the reservation from my father's side, but I'd really like to some day. I spent two years in Cambodia in a proselyting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I learned the language, the cuisine, and grew to love the people there. I made connections with people I hope to have my entire life.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when they were young. That being said, there were plenty of things I didn't really understand at all or even know about my church as I was growing up. They raised me with a belief in God, I knew our beliefs in the Book of Mormon and modern day prophets, but in many ways I didn't really know much for myself. I made some mistakes growing up. I never really liked it when I felt like people were making decisions for me, or trying to push me around. I also felt like I needed to serve a mission for the church, but when most people leave I didn't feel like it was time yet.

How I live my faith

Every second sunday in the month I teach a gospel lesson to the men's group in my student congregation here, which we call a student ward. It is generally a blend of scripture, church history, and application. I honestly try to make it more of a discussion than anything else, and I try to let the Spirit of the Lord dictate the direction of discussion. I always have a positive experience, and I'm fairly certain that the others do too from the feedback I've gotten. Back home I have plenty of friends from other belief structures from my own, and I like to think we manage to discuss our differences rather freely. I try to be a good example of my own beliefs to them, accept that they don't believe in the same things I do. I enjoy the fact that we can be so open and honest with eachother.