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Hi I'm Doug

I'm from California and enjoy long boarding, running, swimming and skiing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have six children, five of whom are adults. I have enjoyed supporting our children in school, soccer and baseball. I try to stay in shape running, swimming and weight training. I enjoy being a trust and estate attorney working with families in all phases of life. I am at greatest peace when all of the family are united for a vacation or other significant event. My favorite escape, however, is alpine skiing, especially in fresh powder. 

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born to parents who are members, each person must make a personal decision to be a Mormon. Growing up, the teachings always made sense to me as if it were part of an overall plan for our betterment. Simple messages and promptings would come to my mind and heart assuring me that the teachings of Christ were true. Additionally, I had feelings of confirmation that the ordinances, such as baptism and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, were essential to my eternal progression during and after this mortal life. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a big commitment to living a certain lifestyle. To an outsider, it may seem peculiar that we would give ten percent of our earnings to the Church in tithing, additional monetary offerings to care for the poor and the needy, abstain from unhealthy practices such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and live a life of chastity outside of marriage and complete fidelity within. However for me, as well as millions throughout the world, we have followed a simple pattern that is to read the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon and then pray to know if it is true. Once the Holy Ghost confirms to your soul that the Book of Mormon is a true book of Christ's teachings and a companion to the Bible, it is easy to commit to the rest. If the Book of Mormon is true, then all of the rest of the teachings and principles of the Church fall into place. Apart from the eternal promises after this life, there are real and tangible blessings to following Christ's plan of happiness here and now. My relationship with my wife is enhanced, with my children is uplifted, and with others is amplified because I feel plugged in with a direct line for inspiration to face today's challenges. The best way I can describe it is a life of spiritual high adventure. Putting your trust and life in the hands of Christ may sound risky and even weak, but it has actually made my life stable and strong.

How I live my faith

Trying to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ are at the core of my life. Personally and as a family we read the teachings of the prophets of Christ as well as Christ himself in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We often pray as a family to start the day and then go out with the goal to choose the right. In my job as an attorney, I often pray that the Holy Ghost will be my law partner for the day helping me with my work. Incredibly, I will receive promptings to my mind on how to deal with a legal issue. Some may think it is from my legal training, which is definitely a part of it, but I know that certain concepts that come to my mind are quickened by the Spirit and for that I am grateful because I know that if something is important to me, then it is important to the Lord. That assurance has helped me in serving in leadership positions in various professional organizations as well as community involvement. My greatest responsibility is a husband to my wife and father to my children. Without the gospel of Jesus Christ, I don't think I could handle those responsibilities very well. Church jobs and responsibilities come and go, but family is forever. Speaking of Church jobs, I have been a scout master, taught early morning religion classes to high school students, worked with youth, been a director for Church public affairs, and currently have a pulse on everything in our local congregation as the Bishop. 

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Doug
The best way to describe the gift of the Holy Ghost is to analogize it to the "buddy system" in Boy Scouts. The buddy system is designed to where you work in pairs so that you are watching out for each other, giving advice, protecting each from harm and the like. The gift of the Holy Ghost is similar in that as you live righteously, you have the right to his constant companionship as a buddy watching out for you, providing warnings as well as promptings as to how to handle situations. The only way to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost is to first be baptized by one holding the appropriate authority. Then, one is confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost by authorized priesthood holders who place their hands on your head and pronounce those rights and privileges. It is a real and tangible gift that gives you inspired guidance.  Show more Show less