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Hi I'm David

About Me

I grew up in North Idaho and now teach accounting at Brigham Young University. I'm married with four young children 2 boys and 2 girls. I enjoy the hiking and camping with my family, scroll sawing clocks, and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in 8th and 9th grade I started to wonder if the church my parents taught me about, the Mormon church, was true. I started reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible and praying for God to lead me in His way. I had two powerful experiences at this age where I felt like He was telling me that what He wanted me to do was continue in the church and learn of Him. Since then, I continue to feel a peaceful reassurance that the church is true whenever I think about it. I also love the church because of what it teaches me to do. The Church encourages service and helping others so that I think about others more than myself. It also teaches how important my family is. As a busy young professional, the reminder to take time off and be with my wife and children is very much needed. I'm just plain happier when I do what Jesus Christ teaches me to do through His church.

How I live my faith

In the church, members volunteer to hold different "callings." What that means is we don't have a paid clergy but we all take turns helping teach youth, teach adults, run meetings, etc. I have performed various callings throughout my time in the church, but my favorite are working with the youth. Each week we have Sunday worship services with the youth but we also have a weekly "fun" night. On that night we get together and have young men work on scouting, sporting events, or service projects. The young women work on similar activities planned for their interests and needs. I love the friendships I have developed with the youth and seeing their goodness. There really are some amazing young people in the world today and I have found a very high concentration of them in the church.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

David
The Mormon church reaches out to all in need and tries to help. I lived in Indiana where there was a significant amount of flooding. My house and family was unaffected but neighbors all over the state suffered significantly. As a church, we came together to help those in need. We went door-to-door, serving all. We would arrive and help remove all the ruined furniture, dry wall, carpet, etc. We didn't care who they were, we were just there to help. I remember two special people on this particular service project. We saw a man sitting in his front yard blankly staring at the ground. His house had completely flooded and he didn't know what to do. Myself and five other men asked if we could help. We went in and helped remove all the destroyed property and clean the home. He was in tears when we left saying that he had considered quitting on life as he had no idea what to do after the flood. More important than fixing his home, we were able to restore his will to keep moving forward. The second person I met during this experience was a faithful and devout Catholic woman who let us stay at her house after a day of work. We were filthy from working in mud and the leftovers from the flood. She let us into her home and provided richly for our needs. She said she was so grateful that we were there to help and she was glad she could help us. I was much impressed by her goodness and willingness to serve with someone not of her faith. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

David
I teach accounting and love to understand business and money. The church has set up the most remarkable way of financing it's operations of anything I have ever studied or experienced. The church asks for voluntary donations of its members to help build churches, temples, and pay to operate them. One of the tasks I have helped perform in the church is to help collect these donations and deposit them in the bank for later use. I have been amazed at how freely the people give when there is no pressure for them to do so. Also, I have been amazed at how careful the church is in spending these sacred donations to help other people. In my life, I have chosen to donate to the church to help build churches and temples, to give to the poor throughout the world, and to help educate those in third world countries. I know that every penny I donate goes directly to those in need rather than to pay for administrative costs. All members are volunteers. Finally, the church also asks each member who is capable to skip eating two meals each month, called fasting. Then members voluntarily donate the money they would have spent on the food to give to those who do not have food, utilities, or other basic necessities. I have helped deliver this food and pay the utilities and other expenses of those who have had a hard time. I have been amazed at how grateful they are for the help and how they are willing to serve others as a consequence of being served. Show more Show less