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Hi I'm Douglas

I am a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Mormon and this is my story.

About Me

I am a father of nine children. Yes, that's right! Nine! All of them are healthy and doing well in life and I am proud of each one of them. Their mother has taught them well. I have had numerous employment throughout the years and new careers, it seems, with each new job. I'm retired from the armed services with 24 years of active duty. I am a proud American, willing to defend it with my life. I remember my fathers who have sacrificed their lives that I could be in a country with the freedoms I have. I am appreciative for that. Patriotism means a lot to me. I have learned about respect and honor from my family. Integrity in name is of vital importance and demonstrates true character. I have tried to pass that on to my children, and to some extent feel I have been successful.

Why I am a Mormon

I met the LDS missionaries when I was 18 and started attending church. I didn't have any particular impressions about the church at that time but continued going and talking with them. One day I was working on my car in the cold of winter and had some problems with it. I became frustrated and angry. Then, something came into my mind about what the missionaries were telling me about prayer very much like Enos, in the Book of Mormon. I knelt in the snow and prayed. The problem with the car was instantly resolved to my great astonishment! That caused me to reflect more on what the missionaries were teaching me. I spent the next while in my room pondering on these things. I came to know that the church was true and that I needed to be baptized, though I didn't truly know why. I was baptized and then joined the service. While at technical school, I was talking with a friend another member and asked him how do I know if I have a testimony? He listened patiently and then said "And you say you don't know you have a testimony?" I then thought about what I had been speaking to him and realized that through my obedience to the gospel I DID have a testimony! I DID have a love for Jesus Christ! I DO know that He lives and is MY Savior and Redeemer. I DO know that the priesthood of God has been restored to the Earth and I was baptized by one holding that priesthood. I know that I have received that same priesthood and it has been a blessing to me. True, there are times that I have vacillated in my testimony, however, I have ALWAYS REMAINED TRUE TO WHY I JOINED THE CHURCH and WILL NOT DENY ITS TRUTH. Recently I have gone through a tremendous trial. A trial that could have destroyed me if it wasn't for my testimony. I have walked through the "valley of the shadow of death". Thankfully, my Savior's Atonement has been there to carry me through my loss. He has been there to sustain me and lift me when I have felt I couldn't go any further. I have learned to be obedient to His commandments for when we do, we reap the blessings from that obedience. Though the trials may still be there, we can carry on with Him by our side. I have read the Book of Mormon more times than I can remember. Each time it offers new understanding and comfort. It helps me understand the Bible more perfectly. The words of Isaiah testify that the scriptures are for "our profit and leaning". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church of God upon the face of the Earth. I have learned this through reading the scriptures: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, "I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself" Alma 5:45, I have pondered the scripture, I have sought the Spirit of God and He has been there for me. I have lived, to the best of my abilities, to be a disciple of Christ for I have taken upon me His name! That by my works it will testify of Him. I endeavor to live His teachings.

How I live my faith

I have a great love and respect to our Jewish brothers. I have taken from them a simple act that assists me in remembering my Lord and Savior. On the inside of my bedroom door I have placed a framed copy of "Ere You Left Your Room This Morning" and on the outside of the same door is the song "Have I Done Any Good In the Word Today". These two song have help me to remember to always keep the Lord in my thoughts throughout the day. First to thank Him for my safety through the night and second to report back to Him and the end of the day what I have been able to accomplish. This is in no-way a means to boast for I know that I am nothing and all things I do is to bring praise and glory to Him who created ALL things. I have made it a habit to read the scriptures "Daily". And seek the blessings of the Holy Ghost to "reveal" to me that which would be of most importance to me at this stage of life. One thing I have learned is that even though I may go through trials and tribulations, when I forget about "ME" and seek to do the "will" of the Father, than I start to become more like my Lord and Savior.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority of God given to man to act in His name. It is not something you can purchase or receive through schooling. "We believe that man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof". Pearl of Great Price | Articles of Faith 1:5 It can only be received from one who holds the priesthood. Peter, James, and John received the priesthood from Jesus Christ. When they, as well as the other apostles, where destroyed, the priesthood was removed from the Earth. The power and authority to act in God's name was gone. In order to be part of the Lord's church, it had to be restored, as indicated in the Book of Revelations. Joseph Smith, pondered on this topic of the priesthood as he was translating the Book of Mormon. He knew that the priesthood had to be restored and inquired of the Lord. Consequently, John the Baptist came and restored the Aaronic Priesthood. Later, Peter, James, and John gave the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph and the authority was once again upon the Earth. I believe that this priesthood is of no value to the individual because it must be used to bless those we come in contact with. It is to bless those in need and it is used to build the Kingdom of God. If it is used for selfish purposes then it becomes priestcraft and we have been counciled against priestcraft for that very reason. Priesthood gives honor and glory to the Father, priestcraft gives honor and glory to the individual. The priesthood is real. It is power! It is the love of God! I have witnessed the blessings of the priesthood in the healing of the sick and afflicted. I have blessed my children numerous times and have witnessed its power to overcome the problems they were facing whether it was physical illness, or the travails of life. They have received peace and comfort and health. It has increased their faith in a Heavenly Father who loves them and gives me an appreciation for the Love He has for me, as a holder of the priesthood to bless those in need as I strive to follow the "Will" of the Father. Show more Show less