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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a father, a husband, and a Clinical Psychologist.

About Me

In all aspects, I am a Christian; father, husband, psychologist. I have a loving wife of 16 years with four great kids. I believe that this is the most important thing I can do is to be a good father and husband. These are the relationships that matter most and that I have the most influence on. The stewardship of fatherhood at times can be overwhelming to me. My Father in Heaven has asked me to teach and guide his children. The knowledge of the atonement brings peace here. I'm a clinical psychologist. I work specifically with complex and severely disordered people, people that have lost all hope and see no other way out but to take their own lives. There are many in my profession that find this difficult to work with. It is my faith in Christ, knowledge of the eternal worth of souls, and the inherent good that is within each person that has buoyed me up in my work. It has given me a lens through which to view each individual as having worth and to treat them nonjudgementally. I try to approach my work as a psychologist as an extension of what Christ would do if He were here. This is my mantra, that “that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee." Nothing is separate, everything is connected. All we do should be driving towards one purpose, God’s purpose.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because it is true and because it makes sense. Let me be clear that I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Book of Mormon and Bible are the word of God, and Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God through personal revelation. God revealed it to me through his Holy Spirit. That alone, to me, justifies being a Mormon. It also just makes sense; the Plan of Salvation as revealed to Joseph Smith makes sense. The more I study, the more I read, the more I learn, any question I might have about why I am here, where I am going, and where did I come from is answered in a way that leaves no confusion, irreconcilable conundrums, or “how could it be that way” thoughts. That also, is a witness to me that it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being willing. Willing to do what the Lord asks me to do and repenting when I don’t do it. I have done this in many other capacities in the past and will continue to strive to do this in the future. Currently I am the President of the Young Men’s group in our congregation. I help boys from 12 to 18 hold and fulfill leadership positions, serve others, and grow in the gospel in ways that will hopefully instill the same willing attitude, the attitude to go and do for others. I do this through teaching, training, and gently guiding the boys to independent leadership and planning. Christ’s gospel is a balance of reliance and self reliance; saved by grace, after all we can do. I try to live my life like it all depends on me, teach the boys to work like it all depends on them with the knowledge that it all depends on Christ, because we all fall short.