Hi I'm Don
I was born in New Jersey and live in Utah. I am a professional journalist and an amateur photographer. I'm married with four children. I am also an adult leader in the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouting's national honor society.
Why I am a Mormon
I was introduced to the church by my best friend. It was at a time when I, like Joseph Smith, was seeking God's church on the earth. Through the Holy Ghost, I know that the Lord Jesus Christ restored His church to the earth as it was organized during His mortal ministry, complete with prophets and apostles. Gaining that testimony was like being in a dark room and finding the way into the light. For me, the Gospel and the church help me to better know God, as well as that I am a son of God and that He has great blessings in store for me through the Atonement and through obedience to His commandments.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Jesus commanded his disciples to carry the Gospel to all nations. That commandment still applies today. And when someone experiences the blessings of the Gospel, they are not just content to keep those blessings to themselves, but to reach out and help others experience that same joy and happiness as well. I have been blessed by men and women who were willing to go out and share the Gospel with others, and someday I will serve as a full-time missionary with my wife. One of my children has already served two missions for the church and one is currently proclaiming the Gospel as a full-time missionary, while the rest of my children are preparing to serve as missionaries when they are old enough.
How I live my faith
I have several positions in my ward, or congregation. I teach classes for one of the priesthood groups, and I am a clerk to our bishop. I also go out and visit several families in our area to teach them gospel principles and to make sure they are OK. I also strive to be an example of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those I encounter, both in my church assignments and at work.