David Ridges

Kelsey Wilding: Today, we get to spend some time with David Ridges, and we get to talk a little bit about Isaiah. Hi David, welcome.
David Ridges: How are you, Kelsey?
Kelsey Wilding: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
David Ridges: Well, I’m Dave Ridges. I grew up in Southern Nevada.We moved to North Salt Lake when I was in fifth grade. I built my first little motorized car when I was in sixth grade. My Dad helped me, I loved mechanical things. From North Salt Lake, I left on my mission to Austria, went to the Swiss Austrian mission for two and a half years. They
allowed time to learn languages, at that time.
Kelsey Wilding: What language did you speak?
David Ridges: I spoke German, and loved it, returned home, continued at the University of Utah, met my wife-to- be when I was running a printing press, for the bureau of business and economic research. The secretary set it up and I loved it, so I met her, and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. I continued my education, I worked as a lumberjack for two seasons in Wyoming. We loved it. We took our little family of two little, cute little kids up there, and was hired in East Carbon to teach seminary in East Carbon, where the previous seminary teacher had basically been run out of town and that was really a sad situation, but I just came down from the level and left my chainsaw idling. We really had a good time with the kids. One of the big guys cracked one of my ribs and he felt so bad that he was my protector from that time on, and we had a very good experience teaching there in East Carbon. And then, moved up to Springville to work on my master’s degree at BYU. Since then I taught seminary and Institute for thirty-five years. I wrote the curriculum for other seminaries in institutes and also for the Sunday School in the Church. And tell me what else do you want to know?

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