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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon convert from Colorado. After joining the Church, I was blessed to share the gospel with Chileans in Chile.

About Me

After returning from Chile, I waited for the beautiful girl, who introduced me to the Church, to return from her mission in Tahiti. We were married for time and all eternity in the temple of our God. We have raised a family of six children and sixteen grandchildren. We have served in the Church for many years as officers, teachers and assistants. We sing in the choirs, we participate in the cultural activities, we attend the temple, and share the gospel whenever we can, because we are so grateful for the great blessings we have enjoyed and because we want others to share in them as well.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to understand the meaning of life. My father died when I was young and my mother and my five siblings were befriended by the members of a local Baptist church. I was very moved by invitations to come unto Christ as a young boy, but, as a teenager, I was drawn away into a worldly life. Several years later, I was discharged from the military a humbled young man, who was trying hard not to show it. I had begun to pray in secret and think about the things I knew about Jesus and the gospel of Christ, the things I had rejected as being unreasonable, when I was a teenager in high school, who thought he knew better. Looking back now, I can see that the Lord was answering my prayers, though I didn't know it at the time. I remember asking him, fervently, even angrily, what it meant to have faith. Said I to him, "If there were a button marked 'Faith' that I could push, I wouldn't hesitate to push it, but there isn't such a button, and I don't know what I can do to meet the requirement of faith." It wasn't long after that and I was transferred to Utah. I learned about the Mormons while attending a Utah college, and I began to hang around with some younger Latter-day Saints. Soon, they were teaching me about their religious beliefs and their values. I was drawn to them, but had no intention of joining their church. Then, one of them invited me to meet with the missionaries at her parent's home. There was a mix-up, a mis-communication, and I found myself in the home one evening, surrounded by four missionaries and her and her brother. Feeling trapped, I couldn't wait to get out of there. But when the missionaries finished the lesson, they asked me if I would pray with them. I said I would, but when they asked me to lead the prayer I was mortified. I had never prayed in public before and wasn't about to start under these circumstances, which had become extremely disconcerting at this point. However, glory be to God, these wise missionaries gently persisted, until finally I relented and agreed to lead the prayer. We all knelt down on the floor, and I didn't know what to do. The silence was deafening and I was so embarrassed. But, after what seemed like an eternity, the thought came to me: This is how you exercise faith. God had given me the "button" to push that I told him I needed. As I thought about that, I remembered what they had taught in the lesson about the calling of Joseph Smith, the restoration of the gospel, the true Church of Christ and the priesthood authority to administer its laws and ordinances. I suddenly realized, in a most powerful and clear manner, that if all this were true, and that they had been sent from God to deliver this message to me, I didn't want to miss out. I wasn't rebellious. More than anything, I wanted to know, for myself, that it was true. So, I began the prayer. "Heavenly Father, if what has been taught here tonight is from you, please help me to know it. If you have sent these men to teach me these things, I want to know. So please, Lord, help me. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ." At that point they all said amen and stood up to say goodbye and depart. But as they were leaving, I noticed tears in the eyes of the oldest one. I will never forget how it made me feel about them all. I was truly beginning to love these people. After they left though, I told our hostess that I didn't want to go through that again. That I would study it on my own from that point on. I'm sure she was disappointed, but she had no idea how touched I was and how determined to find out more. She arranged to have one of her friends loan me his personal copy of the Book of Mormon and I proceeded to read it. I didn't understand everything I was reading, as I recall, but oh what a spiritual struggle I was having. As I read that book, I continued to pray in secret and my prayers were intense. I told the Lord I wanted to know, to have the conviction that these men whose words I was reading had. They spoke and taught of Christ and his gospel with an authority and conviction I had never experienced before. I knew I wanted to have that, but my weaknesses and sins were ever before me. Nevertheless, as I continued in the struggle, I noticed something about myself. I was changing. No longer was my vocabulary laced with the language of a soldier. My habit of smoking, which I had tried for years to break, was long gone. I had a thirst for knowledge, understanding and forgiveness beyond anything I had known before. I realized that the theory of evolution was not an issue. Sure there were things that had to be explained at some point, but the answers were not relevant to my desire for obtaining the knowledge and conviction of Christ, which the Book of Mormon prophets clearly had. I quickly put all those intellectual concerns aside. At length, one Sunday morning, I decided to climb the mountain behind the college and pray for the answer of what I should do, because it wasn't clear to me. The mountain, which I mistakenly thought was more of a large hill, was a greater challenge to climb than I thought. Much greater. My intent was to pray, like the prophets of old did, from the top of the mountain, but I soon found myself praying fervently for strength to keep going and not turn around, in spite of the steep, difficult, slope, the oppressive heat, the flying insects, and the thorny brush that scratched and tore at my body. Soon, the difficult physical quest in my mind became identified with the difficult spiritual quest in my heart. Somehow, I knew that to abandon the one, would be to abandon the other as well, so I had to continue the climb to the top of the mountain. I was soon praying out loud. Then I found myself weeping profusely, as my weaknesses assaulted me and discouragement beat upon me, but calling upon God with all my heart, that he would strengthen me, I at last made it to the top of the mountain. But now the joy and ecstasy of reaching the top filled me with optimism and gratitude. I knelt down and thanked the Lord for answering my prayers and helping me to reach the top of the mountain, but there was no longer any need for pleading with him to help me know what to do. It was clear as the noon day sun what I had to do, and I couldn't wait to do it: I needed to submit to baptism and join his Church. On the way down the mountain, I wondered why it hadn't been clear to me before that it was my duty to follow Christ into the waters of baptism and commit to following him the rest of my life. I still don't know the answer to that question. I just know the joy I felt and the determination that was in my heart to do it, just as soon as it could be arranged. Today, many years later, I have that knowledge and conviction of the prophets that I wanted to have so much back then. I can unequivocally declare, by the Spirit of God, as the prophets of old did, and that the prophets of today do, that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Redeemer of the world, and that he saves all who come unto him, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, confessing their sins, and following him along the narrow path that leads to eternal life, if they endure to the end. My heart is filled with gratitude that the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and the authority to teach it and to administer its laws and ordinances, have once again been given to the children of men and that the Lord is proceeding to gather in his elect to its standard, all those who hear his voice, from the four quarters of the earth, that they may prepare for his return to rule and reign for a thousand years. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by the gift and power of God, for the blessing of all mankind. How grateful I am to know it and to have had the opportunity to declare it publicly.

How I live my faith

I have been called to serve in many positions in our ward over the years. Currently, I continue to serve as an instructor for one of the men's group in our ward, which I have done now for a long time. I really do enjoy it, because we study the holy scriptures that testify of Christ, record his ministry to the nations of Israel and explain the covenants that he makes with all who hear his voice and come unto him. It is so edifying and reassuring to learn that God is our Father and the Creator of the earth, that he has known the end from the beginning and will show all mankind that he loves the world and will save and preserve it, and make it a fit abode for his immortal and exalted children in the end. Recently, my wife and I served as a missionaries at the local LDS Employment Resource Center, helping unemployed people with their search for a job. Before that, I served as an ordinance worker in one of the temples of our God. Some time ago, I started a website called "Voices from the Dust," at voicesfromthedust.org, to expound the scriptures and teach others about the Marvelous Work and Wonder that the Lord is doing to gather together his ancient covenant people, as a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings, before the storm. Currently, my wife and I are preparing to serve a full time mission as a Senior Couple.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Doug
Just before his death and resurrection in the city of Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus stood and declared: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." When the Latter-day Saints sing "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet" and "Praise to the Man Who Communed with Jehovah," in their worship services, they are literally fulfilling this prophecy. They are expressing their gratitude for these men, calling them blessed, if you will, because they have come in the name of the Lord. They are sent from God. This is especially true of Joseph Smith, because he was blessed to open this great and last dispensation of the fullness of times. But while we greatly appreciate and call these men blessed, who come in the name of the Lord, we do not worship them. We worship the Father, in the name of his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Doug
The only way you can know that this work is God's work is to ask him. But asking him is not just a matter of casually asking with no thought or effort. You must study what he has said about it, in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, where he explains why he is doing it and what the result of it will be. Pray and ponder the message in your heart and then, with faith in Christ, ask him with true intent if it isn't true and he will reveal the truth of it to you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Doug
1 Men know good from evil and the law of God is that they should do good, not evil. 2 However, no flesh can be justified by God's law that says that men should do good. By the Law of God, men are cut off from God. Indeed, they perish from that which is good and become miserable forever. 3 Because of this, the only hope for man is redemption in and through the Holy Messiah, for he is full of grace and truth. There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah. 4 Christ laid down his life, according to the flesh, and took it again by the power of the Spirit, so that he could bring to pass the resurrection of the dead. 5 He, being the first fruits of the resurrection unto God, shall make intercession for all the children of men, when the Father raises them up to stand before him to be judged. 6 All those who believe in him shall be saved, through his shed blood. For by the water of baptism we keep the commandment of the Father, wherein he said, "Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son." By the Spirit we are justified, because it knows all truth, and by the blood we are sanctified, because Christ paid the penalty for all our sins, when he volunteered to be the Lamb of God, to die spiritually in the Garden of Gethsemane and physically on the cross, that he might draw all men to him. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Helaman taught his sons as follows: "O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come. Yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world. And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins. And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins, because of repentance. Therefore, he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls." So we see that it is by the grace of God that we are saved, but God offers us his saving grace only on conditions of our sincere and complete repentance, through faith in Christ. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Doug
When I first heard the story of Joseph Smith from a fellow soldier in the military, I laughed. But, later, when I read the Book of Mormon, I came to know that he was a prophet of God, chosen to do the work of the Lord in the opening scene of what Jehovah calls his work, his strange work, his act, his strange act of gathering his ancient covenant people, the house of Israel, to the lands of their inheritances. Show more Show less