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Hi I'm Don

I'm an Finance Director for a Foundation in Wasilla, Alaska. I have 5 children and a wonderful wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After high school I served four year in the United States Marine Corps from July 1997 to July 2001. During that time I was briefly married and had a son. After the divorce, I moved to Alaska and have been here ever since. Two weeks after moving here I met my wife and a year later we were married. After a bachelors degree in accounting and 4 kids later, my wife and I established ourselves in Alaska, where we live in a nice home and enjoy raising our children. I enjoy taking the family out on our sailboat on the weekends and also fishing and hunting whenever a free moment presents itself. I also enjoy serving in various callings in the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints after meeting my wife. Her and her family taught me about the gospel. I remember the first day I met my wife, she asked me if I wanted to come to her house and meet the rest of her family; I said sure. I spent most that afternoon with her and her family and had a nice time. At the end of the day before I left her Dad asked if I wanted to join them in their family prayer. I said okay, but wasn't sure what to expect, as I had been raised Lutheran all my life and was raised to believe that Mormons were a cult and that they didn't believe in Jesus Christ. Well, her Dad said the nicest prayer and as I listened to the prayer I was pleasently surprised to hear him close the prayer in the name of Jesus Christ! Surprised, I asked him, "So do Mormons believe in Jesus Christ?". From this point forward I began to learn that all of the mis-truths that my old church - and society for that matter -had taught me about the Mormons were completely false. They were a Christian faith, believers of Jesus Christ and God and the Holy Ghost. They had meetings in no different fashion than my old Lutheran Church had. They were no cult. They were no different from any other Christian religion I had known, except that the Mormon church also had another piece of scripture to which they referenced, which went hand in hand with the Bible - the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, meant to provide greater light on God's true Gospel. Together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon provide a clear path for all followers of Jesus Christ to follow. After reading and learning from the Book of Mormon, I knew very clearly that this was God's true church and where he wanted me to learn about Him. I've never regretted my membership, and only wish so many other people who were like me get the opportunity to learn about the Mormon Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being actively involved in Church and by trying to be a good, honest, kind person. Sundays a break from the world. I don't work on this day and try to make this day, as the scriptures say, "a day of rest". I do quite a bit of volunteering with the Church, but I also volunteer out in the community as well, mainly as a board member with various non-profit organizations.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and received divine authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less