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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon who loves technology, learning, and serving.

About Me

I'm a father of three, living in Alabama. I love serving in the church, teaching the gospel, and helping others. I believe in education and have earned an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and an MBA. I served in the Utah National Guard for 8 years. I also believe that the Lord has blessed us with technology to share the gospel and maintain our relationships. I love to be connected with my family and friends, wherever they are. Most of my adult career has be involved in software engineering.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and attended from a very young age. However, it wasn't until I was a teenager that I really began to question and wonder if what I believed was true. I gained a firm testimony of the Book of Mormon after praying that the Lord would help me know for sure that it was. I received a similar firm testimony of the call of Joseph Smith as a prophet of God. With these two truths firmly established in my heart, I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true, and that my attendance and service in the church was necessary for me to return to live with my Heavenly Father. I committed myself to living the truths in the restored gospel, even if I didn't completely understand the "why" behind them; I lived, and still live them by faith. As a result, I have enjoyed some of the richest blessings that my Heavenly Father can offer, and I enjoy helping others, including my children, learn to have those "a ha!" moments about the gospel.

How I live my faith

Gospel and church standards are important to me. I love the confidence that I get from knowing that I'm living my life in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. I have served in many ways in the church as a full-time missionary in Uruguay, a Boy Scout leader, a Sunday School teacher, and several leadership positions. I firmly believe in doing whatever it is the Lord asks me to do and never refuse a call to serve. I serve to the best of my ability because I know that the Lord needs me to serve using the abilities he has given me. I study the gospel, pray daily, and cherish opportunities to talk to my friends about the gospel and church. We reserve one night a week to spend the evening as a family. We spend some of that time learning the gospel, practical skills, playing games, or doing some kind of character development activity.

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

Dave
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We fully accept him as our savior and try our best to follow his teachings. By definition, this also makes us Christians - followers of Christ. Show more Show less

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

Dave
We abstain from some of the worldly practices such as coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, promiscuity, and pornography, as counseled by our leaders. We know that giving up some of these substances and activities actually make us free to feel the spirit, and that helps us know what God wants us to do. The Lord has also instructed us to eat healthy foods with minimal meat (no, we're not vegetarians) and to exercise regularly. Our bodies are a gift and we should treat them as such. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dave
Absolutely. We have to really thank the Lord for making sure that we have as many of the writings of the ancient prophets that we do. It's truly a miracle that we have anything at all, let alone text that has survived for thousands of years. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dave
Grace is essential to our salvation. The Book of Mormon teaches us that even after all that we can do, it's still only by grace that we are saved. That being said, it's also important that we act according to our faith. That is, make good choices. The Bible teaches us that faith without works is dead. So just accepting Jesus isn't enough to be saved - you also have to follow his example. Our salvation requires faith, works, and the grace of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Dave
Faith is a belief in things that you can't see, but are true. For a hope, desire or wish to be faith, it has to lead us to action. So living the commandments even though you don't completely know why means that you're "acting on faith." It means that you believe that the Lord has told you to do something, knowing that he knows why you should do it, even though you may not understand. When we give a place for the the Lord's will in our heart and act upon that desire to follow the Lord, then we are living by faith. We know that God knows everything, so we should rightly trust him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Dave
Being a Mormon is great. There's great wisdom in the standards of the church, and the confidence from living them is wonderful. It's important to remember that Mormon's are just imperfect people. We try to do our best, but sometimes we fail - just like everyone else. But every day, we try every day to live our lives in a way that would make the Lord happy. We live knowing that Heavenly Father is personally interested in who we are, how we interact with his other children, and how our actions remain in harmony with his commandments. We have jobs, attend parties, celebrate holidays, exercise, participate in the community events, service projects, politics, school boards, etc. to try to improve our society for our children. Show more Show less