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Hi I'm Doug Oldham

I am an Architect and a small business owner. I'm also a father and husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married father of 5 children, a licensed architect and a small business owner. I have been self employed for 10 years. Throughout my career I have been a small business owner more than I have been an employee. I don't ever want to have a "real" job again! When I was younger I loved to rock climb, ride bikes, hike, climb mountains, play basketball and just about any other activity that would get me outside. I still love to do those things, but my bad knees have made me slow down a little bit. I still like to get out and move around, but for the first time, my son is faster, stronger and better than I am. I love that! Now I have to work to keep up with him instead of the other way around! Lately I have been trying to take up fishing. The older I get, the more I like that pace.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the principles, doctrines and beliefs are true. Not only have I seen the miraculous effects of the Gospel in the lives of those around me, I have experienced them for myself. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me be a better husband, father, friend and businessman. I love my membership in the Church. I protect that membership with all that I have. While I was born and raised in the Church, I chose, as a youth and young man, not to abide it's precepts. I did not believe it and I did not want to be a part of it. It was in my early years in college that I began to see the wreck of a life that my current trajectory was leading too and I saw the beautiful lives of those around me who were faithful to their religion. I wanted what they had. Now, I want everyone to have what I have.

How I live my faith

For many years, even after recommitting to the Gospel I refused to serve, speak or participate in any way in the functions of the church. I did not feel that I was capable of accessing the spirit because of my continued struggles. I used to always ask, "how can I know what the Lord wants me to do?" All the while refusing callings and speaking assignments. Then it hit me how much of an idiot I had been. If the Lord wanted me to so something, the way he would tell me would be through the leaders who had been called by his authority to have stewardship over me. Since that moment. I have never said "no" again. I currently serve as a counselor to the Bishop of our congregation. I have also been the leader over men over the age of 18, a clerk, and my favorites, if I'm allowed to have favorites, working with the young men 12-18 as their adult leader and teacher. I love working with the youth of the church. Probably because I still think that I am a youth of the church. They do awesome things like climb mountains, raft rivers and explore caves. Who would have known that serving the Lord would have been so much fun! I love where I serve now. I love the members of our congregation and I honor and respect the man who has been called to serve as Bishop. But all that aside, the most important way that I live my faith is to keep the promises that I have made with my Savior and live in a way that I bring honor and respect to His name. I try to be the best friend, father and husband I can be. I try to show love and respect to my fellow man and try serve at all times.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Doug Oldham
It makes sense to me that the Lord would have a "right way" to do things. That he would not leave it up to man to determine the way to perform his work. If we can expect that man creates order for it's societies, it is reasonable to expect that He would have a perfect order to govern His society or church. Therefore, He would have to give people the authority in the same way that man gives authority in it's government for people to perform certain functions. For example, it is unlikely that if I were to start writing speeding tickets to my children who drive, that they would honor those tickets because I have not been given that authority by the government to do that. I could do it, but it wouldn't mean anything and would be dismissed by the governing authority. In the same way, those ordinances, like baptism, performed without the authority given by Heavenly Father will be dismissed in His society. The Lord's work can only be done by those who have been called by Him through his authority. Show more Show less