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Hi I'm David Wyatt

I love my job teaching missionaries! I play the piano, enjoy good books, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Pennsylvania, but I'm living in Utah right now where I'm a junior in college. I'm still deciding what I want to do for a career, but I'm leaning towards working in the publishing industry. I recently published a children's book and loved every minute I spent working on it, so it seemed like a good direction to go. With the economy like it is, the future feels rather unpredictable. But somehow I just know things are going to work out. I guess that's sort of become a saying I live my life by. Things will work out. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy playing the piano and working on web design. I also enjoy reading books, something my mom must have instilled in me years ago when she would read to us as a family. She worked hard to make our childhood special, and with seven children that was no easy task. I'm number five in the lineup of kids, number four being my twin brother. He was born with autism, and has been a tremendous influence on my life. Things aren't always easy for him, but he's taught me so much about love, patience, and humility. I'm grateful for him, and though there have always been ups and downs in life, I wouldn't trade my family for anything in the world. It can be hard to leave the comforts of home and loving parents to venture down unknown paths, but I'm excited to start off on my own and eventually begin a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have received a spiritual witness that what I believe and live is true. My parents were already members when I was born, so I was raised in the Mormon Church. Still, I discovered that everyone has to gain their own conviction that what they've been taught all their life was really true. When I was 19, I left home to serve as a missionary in Thailand. There, I met thousands of people that didn't believe, or perhaps didn't even know of the existence of God. It was the first time I had ever encountered people that didn't believe in God or Jesus Christ, and for the first time in my life I asked myself the question, "Is God really there? Is He real? Is all of this true?" I was shaken a little bit, because I had never had reason to doubt or suppose that what my parents had believed could possibly be untrue. Well, for about a week I prayed harder than I ever had before. I studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon every morning, seeking a confirmation that God was there and that what I was teaching about God and my religion was true. I thought about it constantly, working things over in my mind. One day, after hitting a wall where I felt like my struggles had reached their peak and I couldn't go on any farther, I found a quiet room where I could be by myself. I knelt down on the floor and I poured out my heart to God. It was the first time I had ever really prayed like that. I told God how I was feeling, how I needed to know that He was there. And suddenly, in the middle of my desperate prayer, the most unexpected feeling of warmth, love, and peace washed over me. All my fears and doubts left me, and I felt suddenly closer to God than I ever had before. I could tangibly feel the love and concern that God had for me, and I knew with full certainty that yes, He is there. Yes, what I had been taught all my life is true. Yes, Joseph Smith is a real prophet. Yes, the Book of Mormon is true. And so, I'm a Mormon! And the thing is, anyone can find out the truth about all of this the same way I did. Everyone is a child of God, and He has extended this promise to us all.

How I live my faith

For me, having a relationship with God and my family is what life is all about. I know that God knows and loves me personally, and that He is fully aware of what I do each day. Every morning, I get on my knees and pray to Him, asking for His help and telling Him that I am willing to do whatever He would ask of me during the day. After breakfast, before any other activities, I read in my scriptures to learn more about Jesus Christ and how I can become like Him. When I've done these things, I feel a special closeness with God, and throughout the day I feel that He is with me. That relationship blesses me with love and determination to look out for the needs of others during the day and treat them like He would. It might be a person driving that needs someone to let them in the next lane. It might be a person that looks depressed and needs an encouraging smile. It might be a person that feels alone and needs someone to talk to. God's children are everywhere, and though He isn't here personally, He tenderly cares for each child through the service of others. Church is a large part of how I live my faith. Every Sunday I attend church, where my brothers and I sing in the choir and take turns teaching Sunday School lessons. After church is over, we visit some of the other church members in their homes to see how things are going in their lives and see if there is any way we can help. Sometimes I go with the missionaries to help teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ and share more about my faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David Wyatt
We feel we have something is our lives that makes us incredibly happy, and we just have to get out there and share it! I served as a missionary for two years, and there were certainly times when I was hesitant about interrupting people's daily activities with the message I wanted to share. But the thought always came to me: "God has given me so much--a loving family, the Book of Mormon, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and restored Truth--how can I keep my mouth shut and not share what could help someone else?" And so I continued to share what I felt in my heart as best I could. Those two years were some of the happiest in my life, and I know it's because I was serving Jesus Christ. Show more Show less