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Hi I'm Damon

I'm a business professor and a family guy, and yes, I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a happy guy, with a pretty good deal right now. I'm happily married with 4 kids. I teach college business classes. I love to ride my bike, read, and play with family and friends. Not a bad gig. :)

Why I am a Mormon

Because I have received spiritual witnesses throughout my life, and I know that God has directed me to this path. This short space does not provide enough to write all the ways I know this gospel is true. And because I know this is God's will, I follow it inspite of any trails and I have witnessed many blessings. This life has a purpose in an eternal plan, and I love learning and relearning about that purpose. I know that spiritual experiences are not like other types of learning (e.g., in a classroom), but know that my Father in Heaven will direct me as I seek to follow him in trying to be the best I can be (which most days is not great). I have witnessed many things that provide evidence and confirmation the gospel is real, and this life has a greater eternal purpose.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing all I can to stay true to the things I know are true. I've had many spiritual experiences which have added to my knowledge of the love of my Father in Heaven and older brother Jesus Christ. I try to learn all I can about the will of God for me, and try to align my life accordingly. It is a very personal process unlike anything I've done in other aspects of my life. I try not to force my beliefs on others, but welcome the few opportunities I have to share my beliefs with those I love. Although I often fall short of my goals, I continue to try and am grateful for Christ's sacrifice that allows me to continually try.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Damon
No, we honor him as most Christians do all prophets or apostles (e.g., Moses, Abraham, Peter, etc.). We believe he did a great work in our age, and are grateful for his scrifices in teaching the gospel of Christ during his life. His work is important to our age, as Moses was to the Isrealites of the Old Testament. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Damon
No. Similar to how most of the christian world sees this doctrine, it is not applicable to us today. Although this practice was recorded in previous times (e.g., the Old Testament prophets), it was done away with. The Lord has revealed this is not part of his will for his church today. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Damon
I believe it can be done through education. I think the societal norm of "we should be free to do as we please" should be changed. Values of self control replacing self indulgence. Also, the consequences on families should be recognized. Most rationalize that there are no consequences. I do not believe that is the case for the addicted individual, his marriage, or his family. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Damon
In general, missionaries cover the cost of their mission themselves. Sometimes others donate funds that missionaries are not able to cover. I believe that the exact cost varies depending on the national origin of the missionary. In the past, missionaries were expected to cover the dollar-for-dollar cost of their mission. Therefore some missionaires paid more than others. Today there is a program to help equalize that cost. I believe today's cost of a mission equals payments of $425 a month. I believe that the sacrifice in both money and time (18 months or 2 years) is a great testiment to those who serve. They do not do this for money or praise of the world, but because they feel it is what the Lord would have them do. I loved my mission, and believe it was and is a scorce of many blessings of my life. Show more Show less