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Hi I'm Neil David

About Me

The picture above is one taken when I was 19. I was serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Philippines. One of my missionary assignments in 1969, was to serve as the Branch President of the only LDS Branch on Cebu Island - now the church has a temple in Cebu City - what growth! I grew up in New Zealand and graduated from the LDS Church College of New Zealand and then went to Church College of Hawaii now BYU-HI. I completed a BA in History and then served in the United States Air Force where I piloted the T-38A Talon, F-4D and RF-4C Phantom, and then the F-15C Eagle. I completed a Masters in Aviation Science and following retirement from the USAF I worked for Boeing in Saudi Arabia. Following the tragic events of 9-11 Sept 11, 2001 Islamist attack on New York and Washington D.C., I was voluntarily recalled to active military service in the USAF where I serve today. I am also an author and publisher. After ten years of research I published "The USA and the Millennial Kingdom of God." My wife and I, have five children - four boys and finally a girl! We are approaching our 40th wedding anniversary. Serving in the Kingdom of God has brought great joy into my life. To paraphrase the great "Book of Mormon" missionary, Ammon, "This is the blessing which has been bestowed upon me, that I have been made an instrument in the hands of God to bring about His great work." See Alma 26-3   

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of the confirming experiences I have had with the Spirit of God and the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. I know that He has the power to forgive sins, for I have personally experienced His embrace of love. I also know that this church was organized by Him. Joseph Smith was an instrument in the hands of God to establish this church as a vehicle through which truth could again be restored. I have felt the guiding influence of God many times in the performance of my priesthood duties - sufficient to remove any doubt of the church's divine establishment. The Book of Mormon is also divinely inspired and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It serves as a second witness to the Bible. Even today, the church is led by the Savior, through His prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know that anyone can investigate the church and know for themselves of its truthfulness by the power of the Holy Ghost which will answer ones inquiring prayer. This is my witness, given in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am now 62 years old, and have served continuously in the church from age 12. Virtually all service in the church involves working with others and having the opportunity to teach and bear witness of the value of living correct principles and keeping the commandments of God. It is my experience that "wickedness never was happiness" Book of Mormon, Alma 41-10. Happiness is found in keeping the commandments of God and serving others. It has been my delight to teach children, youth and adults to serve as a missionary for two years in the Philippines, and to fill senior leadership positions in the church. This service has been arm-in-arm with my wife. None of this service was for profit, as Mormon leaders receive no pay, but the reward of joy and contentment has been great indeed. "And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work" Book of Mormon, Alma 26-3.  

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Neil David
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. He was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he resurrected from the dead. Jesus is a personal savior - He knows each of us: or sins, our weaknesses, and our efforts to reform. As illustrated in my personal experience with the Savior, He has the power to forgive sins and to fill us with love, hope, and acceptance. When I was a young Captain in the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in 1980, I was a lay minister to over 100 service men. Among us was a young airman who frequently and publicly lamented his sins. He consistently focused on the errors of his youth which he greatly sorrowed over, expressing a great sense of unworthiness before God. His somber expressions were well known to our larger congregation. One Sunday, as he expressed his unworthiness before the assembled congregation, the Holy Ghost came upon me and told me that the Lord had forgiven him of his sins and it was time for him to accept greater responsibility in the Lord’s ministry. I tried to catch him after the meeting but he left very quickly. It was a couple of weeks before I saw him again because I was away on a flying assignment. During that time the significance of the experience caused me concern. I felt apprehension about telling him that his sins were forgiven – how could this be my place – while I was his lay leader, I was not the presiding minister of the congregation, and certainly not the Savior that I could forgive his sins. I had doubts arise as to the reality of the communication from the Holy Ghost, and while I did not want to doubt, the human weakness to doubt was certainly one that I experienced. When I saw him three Sundays later, I approached the subject with caution. I invited him into my office and there interviewed him. He once again expressed the usual sentiment of not feeling worthy because of his errant youth. I was looking for a confirmation from the Spirit that would give me the confidence to tell him that his sins were forgiven. Not having such a confirmation, I asked if I could bless him by the laying on of my hands. This he readily agreed to. I laid my hands upon his head and proceeded to give him a blessing. As the blessing proceeded, we were both overcome by the power of the Holy Ghost and we felt the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. We did not see Him, but felt His presence through the power of the Holy Ghost. There was no longer any doubt on my part and I was able to voice with complete knowledge that the Lord had forgiven him of his sins and that it was time for him to accept greater responsibility. The Lord’s presence was one of overwhelming love and acceptance. His love completely enveloped and filled us – by the end of the blessing we were both in tears of exquisite joy. The experience of the Lord’s presence was so complete that my understanding of the Savior passed from belief and faith to knowledge. This was Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. He was real! He is real! He lived! He lives now! He has the power to forgive sins! No fear, doubt, guilt, or sin could exist in the embrace of His love. All I had hoped to be true was true – is true! This was not an imagination of my own mind – this experience had its origins outside of me and enveloping not only me, but also my companion. This was not an excitement of my own faith – indeed He came to dispel my doubt – to confirm the earlier message with one so personal and profound as to dispel all doubt of His existence, forgiveness, love and power! His loving presence was such as to cause one to desire to remain forever with Him, but alas He could not remain with us. We were left in uncontrollable tears of joy and elation – we embraced each other in tears of joy. To embrace a man was completely foreign to me – even repugnant because of my cultural upbringing. To do so in Christian and family brotherhood has never been a problem since this experience with the Lord’s embrace of love. This experience can never be doubted by me – it was of such power as to be overwhelming and undeniable. To have the witness of the Apostles and Prophets of old is one thing – to have the witness of others in my own time is another – to have the personal attendance of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is beyond questioning. I invite all to follow His admonition – “… seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Luke 11:9). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)    Show more Show less