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Hi I'm David

I'm happily married and a father of seven. I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the third of six children raised in a rural Georgia community. My childhood included plenty of the outdoors--little league baseball, motorcycles, camping, cutting firewood, and working in the garden. I chose to complete two years of missionary service in Brazil at age 19, a wonderful time of life where I came to find satisfaction in serving others. My wife and I met as undergraduate students, and have completed our first decade together of marriage. I am an employee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assisting in the administration of one of the Church's temples in Utah. I love working with people. My hobbies include reading, studying foreign languages, genealogical research, recreational shooting, maps, and more reading. Nothing is better than spending quality time with my wife and children.

Why I am a Mormon

In a court of law, one offers testimony, under oath, to profess the truth. This testimony may deal with specific observations, events, or conversations, and can involve any of the senses. What I have observed, heard, seen, and felt—in countless instances—has confirmed to me that I am following the path that leads back to God. My faith brings true happiness every day of my life. Temporary satisfaction can come to us in many ways, yet true happiness will endure, even beyond our life on earth. I offer my testimony that God is our living, literal Father, and that He knows us perfectly. Whatever your convictions or beliefs concerning God and the purpose of life, I invite you to bring an inquiring and sincere mind and “come and see”—investigate, learn, and know for yourself these truths as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by honoring the commitments I have made to God and my family. I have promised to provide for my family, teach my children true principles, assist others when possible, and to live a life of integrity. Experience has proven that the best opportunities for teaching and practicing my faith occur at home. Patience, forgiveness, work, kindness, sacrifice--which I believe help us become more like our Father in Heaven--find ready application at home. I also look for opportunities to help extended family, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and strangers in whatever way I can. Normal, day-to-day interaction with others provides endless opportunities to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who “went about doing good.” I serve as the ecclesiastical leader of my Church congregation of several hundred members. At our weekly worship services, we focus our thoughts on Jesus Christ, partake of the sacrament in remembrance of Him, study His life and teachings in class settings, and organize our efforts to serve the needs of those in our community--physical, spiritual, and emotional. During the week, I interact regularly with church members from all walks of life, as well as members of my community of various faith backgrounds. Along with other leaders in our congregation, I provide counseling, home visits, and administer material support to those in need. I take great comfort in knowing that each one of us is a child of God with endless potential. I reserve time in my daily schedule to pray to God and read from the scriptures, both of which provide a means of receiving direction in my life. Prayer also allows me to develop a relationship with my Creator. I live my faith by seeking to be happy, no matter the challenges that come my way, and by searching for opportunities to uplift those around me in word and deed.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David
Many people, especially those of other Christian faiths, might wonder why members of our church feel such a responsibility to go out of our way to invite others to our faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaims to be the restored Church of Jesus Christ. In other words, even though His church and priesthood authority were lost to the world soon after His death, they are now on the earth again in purity and simplicity. We also believe that every member of the human family is a child of God, and each deserves the opportunity to understand His plan. We recognize that goodness and truth exist in abundance in the lives of those of many faiths and those of no faith at all. We simply invite all to come and see how the message of the restored gospel can add to all that is good and true. Show more Show less