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Hi I'm David Garcia

I was raised in New Orleans. I'm a Cajun-Cuban-American. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and reared in New Orleans. I am the second of five children born to a Cuban-American father and a Cajun-American mother; my grandmother claimed we are related to Jean Laffite. After graduating from high school and saving money, I went to El Salvador to serve a two year mission as a representative of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon completing my service in El Salvador, I enrolled at BYU where I studied Latin American Studies. During my time at BYU I took a semester off to organize an employment center in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and the following summer I took my new wife to Central American where I researched and wrote my Honors Thesis on Former Guerrilla Political Parties in Central America. After BYU, I went to the University of Michigan and completed a JD and an MBA, whereupon completion I worked for Credit Suisse in New York City. After three years with Credit Suisse in NYC and Mexico City, I now live in Arizona with my wife and three children. I enjoy running, soccer and trying new restaurants with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

My father converted from Catholicism a few years after coming to the U.S. and my mother’s family converted from Evangelical Christianity when she was a child. I was fortunate to have been brought up by parents that while appreciating others’ religious beliefs (or lack of beliefs), had a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel. Growing up as one of the few Mormons in a very diverse city, I was often challenged on my beliefs and resultantly had to analyze why I am a member of the LDS faith. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that I am a child of God; I know that He created me and loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Christ is my Savior, and that only through the grace of Jesus Christ can I obtain eternal life. I am a member of the LDS church because I know that Christ restored His church through Joseph Smith, and that through Joseph Smith the Book of Mormon as well as other scriptures and truths were revealed. I know these things not only because someone told me or because I have good feelings. I am a Mormon because in addition to having prayed and received a confirmation of the truthfulness of these things, as I strive to apply the teachings (imparted in the LDS church) to my life I am happier and have peace of mind.

How I live my faith

I firmly believe that when the Savior said “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” He challenged and commanded me to love others. While I am far from perfect, I try to show my love for Christ and live my faith by loving those around me. One of the greatest examples I have of following this admonition is my mother. Some of my earliest memories of my mother are her unrelenting service and love for others. As an adult, I have also sought to follow Christ’s and my mother’s example of loving others by offering my time, talents, resources and energy to help others either better themselves or achieve their goals. Some of the most rewarding experiences I have had with helping and serving others has been through assisting needy high school graduates become the first in their family to go away for college. Another way I live my faith is by learning all I can through reading and studying scripture, speaking with others and thoughtful prayer and meditation. Through these practices I have learned how to more thoughtfully share what I believe with others, help those around me, and be a better example to my children.