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Hi I'm Dave

I love life: recreation, art, travel, and music. My family and the church are what make my world go round.

About Me

I am work in sales and as an interior designer. I enjoy everything vintage, especially from the 1960s, like furniture, music, and film. I also enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding - basically anything on a board - hiking, going to concerts, movies, and theater. I love the Northwest. I've lived in Utah, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and now Colorado; I'm a four seasons kind of guy. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys. We have great fun together and we have each other.

Why I am a Mormon

The spiritual feelings I've experienced and the peace that has come to my life from living the church's standards is why I am a Mormon. I also read and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith was actually a prophet. The answer didn't come right away. I struggled and prayed hard, and then the feeling came: it was a peaceful assurance in my mind and heart that the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a prophet. I started to laugh out loud and felt flattered that God knew me personally and answered my prayers. My testimony of the truth of this church has changed my life forever. I attribute it to every good thing that has happened to me: My decision to serve a mission, to get a college education, to marry in the temple, and to begin having a family have all been the result. Still, I make a lot of mistakes and life can be hard. My experience with Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for me has got me through a lot of hard times. I know that he lives and this is his Church.

How I live my faith

I get to work with the youth for my church calling as a Scout leader and Aaronic Priesthood adviser. It's great working with the young men and doing fun things together. I also help them prepare the sacrament for our Sunday services. I've learned that living the gospel is an individual thing that occurs on a daily basis. I try to pray and read the scriptures every day. The insights I receive from doing these two simple things helps me meet challenges all the time. My wife and I also try to raise our 3 and 2-year-old with gospel principles. We know how much of a blessing these things are. We have family night on Mondays. We read scriptures in the mornings, and we try to go to Church activities and service projects to help us as a couple, but also to teach our boys the importance of service. I also strive to go to the temple and serve there. These are some of the ways I live my faith.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dave
I think the cultish persona attributed to Mormons has come mostly because we're different. And different tends to threaten and scare people. We have additional scripture, we believe in modern revelation and a modern-day prophet, and the fact that it takes commitment and worthiness (those who want to be baptized need to repent and commit to living the gospel) for somebody to join, I think, intimidates and scares people. Not that other faiths don't have committed members, Mormons are just a little more strict (Tithing, Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom). Church members are expected to live these commandments. If they're not committed (not that anyone's perfect), they can't be baptized. Also, I think our Temple worship cause some issues with people which again results in the cult status thing. However, if one takes the time to study and learn why we have temples and that they are in the Bible, then they will see that temples are necessary to God's plan and a great blessing to members of the church. Show more Show less