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Hi I'm David

I'm from Portland Oregon. I'm a father, a student, and a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied physics at the undergraduate level, got married, and joined the Navy. I work as an instructor in the Navy and am doing graduate work in Nuclear Engineering. I now have two beautiful, high energy, fearless and precocious children, with a third on the way. I read a fair amount and enjoy kicking a ball around the park with my son. I played clarinet at the university and miss playing with a band. I spend a fair amount of time getting the house ready to (hopefully) sell for when we move. I spent time in Italy as a missionary and miss Italian. I took French at school after returning to the United States and married the girl who helped me with my French papers. We both have some family in Europe and would love to live abroad.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe this is the best way for me to follow Him. I feel safe and hopeful about my life and my future with my wife and family. I think that the most important things will work themselves out, regardless of whatever else will happen, as I try to follow Him. I know that my family is safe in this church. Though my whole life I have watched the goodness of my parents grow and get better through the virtue and power of living in this Gospel. It is something I have experienced myself and I want it for my children. I feel happy whenever I can get together with my extended family and can see how much peace and happiness my parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins have through living clean, faithful lives according to the teachings on this church. It is something I always want to live up to. I feel inspired to be a better person as I read the scriptures. While recently reading one of Peter’s letters in the New Testament, I thought that I'm very fortunate to be able to participate in same church that Peter belonged to. I'm so grateful that I can read the Bible not as just an account of the way that things used to be -- that there 'used to be prophets', 'used to be apostles', 'used to be someone like the Apostles Peter, John, and Paul whom the entire world could without hesitation listen to and trust' -- but that there are still prophets, apostles, and are still servants of Jesus Christ who act in His authority to whom I can listen without reserve.

How I live my faith

My family reads together in the scriptures every night and prays together before the kids go to bed. My daughter is now four years old. Starting from around a year ago she would 'read' a verse too; this to say that she would just repeat the words after me or my wife. Now that she is learning to read, she will read many, sometimes most, of the words herself. I go with my wife and kids to church every Sunday. Sometimes I teach a Sunday school lesson. I go and visit other members of our congregation and take a 'visiting home teaching' message with me. This is a message from the prophet or one of the apostles. My wife is good at reaching out to others. Often when I help others who are in need of some help, such as helping a family get their first Christmas tree recently, it is through opportunities that my wife is aware of. In addition there are many members of the military in our congregation, and I frequently help people move in or out as they come and go.