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Hi I'm Don

I've discovered that I am most happy when I follow God's plan for my life by submitting my will to His.

About Me

First and foremost, I'm a child of God. He is my Father and my purpose in life is to learn about Him and strive to become more like Him. I'm grateful for a loving Savior who suffered beyond comprehension to save me from my sins. Because of Him, I know that I can be saved from the consequences of my imperfections and shortcomings. There is no greater knowledge than we can receive than the knowledge of these things by the power of the Holy Ghost. My chosen career is that of an insurance agent. I'm married and have four children. My wife is a wonderful woman who is my eternal companion in this incredible adventure. I live and love but like most of us, I struggle and strive to overcome the challenges of life. I want what most of us want - happiness, peace, understanding and the love of those around us. There are things I do very well and there are things I struggle with. But through it all, I am able to look at my life and see remarkable progress, as God has changed, and continues to change my nature. I love Him for that. He is good.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young, I was asked to sing in a church children's choir. We sang a song called "Stairway to Lasting Joy". I remember singing it at a practice when something came over me. Something inside me told me that this was a song about where I wanted to be. It might sound trivial to others, but nonetheless, it was a very powerful experience for me. I didn't know it at the time, but I now recognize that feeling as the Spirit of the Lord. He was testifying to me that the words of the song were truth and something good and worthwhile. Over the years, I've been able to feel and recognize the Lord's Spirit in my life on many occasions. There are frequent times when I listen to our living prophets and apostles when an overwhelming surety comes into my mind and soul, that these men are really called by God. It's a powerful but quiet knowledge accompanies by peace, confidence and gratitude. I have those same feelings often, when I study scriptures or pray. If I had to list all of the times I've felt God's witness or His love, I wouldn't be able to do it. I know there are many experiences I've had along the way that have slipped into obscurity. But many others stand out. I have some of them written down. They are sacred. I know that they're real - not imagined or distorted. And if you sense that I'm finding it difficult to describe these experiences, you're absolutely right. I'm sure I cannot describe spiritual experiences in human language very well. But they are very real. They are important to me. This is one reason why I am a Mormon. Another reason is simply because of the joy I feel in my life when I live according to the restored truths of the gospel. My experience has been that to the degree that I live the truths that I have been given, I find the ultimate source of happiness and peace. I am able to see that the fruits of true gospel living are good.

How I live my faith

I serve as a ward missionary within my ward (congregation). In addition, I am assigned to watch over 4 families. I make sure they are okay and that their needs are being met. I help teach them in their homes and provide service when possible. I have found that my greatest happiness comes when I am more concerned with others than I am with myself. I choose to live as I do because it brings me happiness and peace. But it requires effort and diligence to keep the commandments as well as sacred promises I have made to my Heavenly Father called covenants. This means that I don't participate in worldly activities on Sunday. I attend our congregational meetings and take the emblems of the death of Jesus Christ weekly. This helps me to remember Him. I am faithful to my wife. I treat others with honesty and in the way that I want to be treated myself. I am far from perfect. I sin daily but when I make these mistakes, I repent of my sins and errors by turning more fully to the Lord. Living this way is a full time commitment but it brings the peace, joy and hope that can be had in no other way. And rather than being a chore, it has become "delicious" to me. It is an essential part of who I am and I would never have it any other way.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Don
No, not any more than the Israelites worshiped Moses. He is honored however as the prophet of the Restoration. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Don
You probably have friends or neighbors who are Mormon. You can talk with them about the Church. If you live in an area where there are not a lot of members, or if you don't know anyone who's a Mormon, just go to http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/ask-a-question/have-missionaries-contact-me and let them know that you are interested in learning more. You can also check your local phone book for Mormon Churches in your area. They may be listed under "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Don
The Church, as it is known today, was organized on April 6, 1830. However, Mormons believe that the Church was restored on that date, not originated. The Church that we have today is continuation of the Church that Christ started when He walked upon the earth. Before that, Adam had the Gospel and rejoiced in his knowledge of His Redeemer. So the Church is modern, but it has ancient roots. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Don
Faith is fundamental to every other gospel principle. Without it a man cannot be saved. But believing in something and having faith are 2 related but different things. Having faith in someone or something requires us to live according to our beliefs. Faith can only be had if something is true. So to believe in something that is not true is not true faith. We believe in God the Eternal Father, in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. As we follow their teachings and inspiration, we develop faith in them...and in truth. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Don
Yes. Mormons understand that families are forever. We build temples all over the world in order to facilitate eternal families. I cannot imagine living without my wife or children throughout eternity. What good is salvation if not with the ones I love the most? Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Don
The original Christians didn't have the Bible...at least, not as we have it today. The book that we understand as the Bible today is actually a collection of Books. Bible comes from a word meaning "library" or "collection of books". Although the Bible is revered in the LDS Church, we believe that plain and precious truths have been removed from it through the many translations, careless scribes and the deceit of man. The restoration was needed to restore the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Don
It is a record of the dealings of God with some of the inhabitants on the American continent. It is an amazing Book of scripture, containing the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a companion with the Bible in testifying that Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God, the Savior of the world and the only way for us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Don
Mormons realize that without the grace of God, we are nothing. The Book of Mormon teaches that we are saved only by the grace of Christ, after all we can do (2 Nephi 25:23). In other words, if I added up all of my good works together, they would never be sufficient to qualify me for salvation. On the other hand, if I rely exclusively on the grace of Christ, and am not willing to keep the commandments of God, to love Him and to serve Him, I should not expect to receive the same degree of reward with someone who has done those things. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Don
Because the Lord commanded it, just as He commanded Abraham, Isaac, David and others to practice it. It was revoked well over 100 years ago and and members found practicing polygamy today are likely to place their membership in jeopardy. Show more Show less