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Hi I'm Don

Husband. Father. Business Executive. Coach. Triathlete. Runner. Fly fisherman. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Texas with my wife and two of my four wonderful children. We lived in Minnesota for many years. We also recently lived in Bangalore, India for two years. I am a retail executive. I love to work out and enjoy competing in triathlons, 5Ks, 10Ks, and 1/2 Marathons. I also love to fly fish - both the Lake Superior tributaries in the Spring for Steelhead and the rivers of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah for trout. I love spending time with my family going camping, to beaches, traveling, etc... I enjoy coaching my children in their athletic endeavors, hobbies and in other aspects of life. I enjoy photography. I have an MBA. I love helping others.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Jesus Christ. I love my family. I know that life is challenging - especially raising children in today's world. I need all the help I can get to successfully raise my children and have a strong relationship with my wife. Being a Mormon, or in otherwords, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has been a tremendous blessing in my life. As I study The Book of Mormon and Bible daily, I feel closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I feel the constant guidance of the Holy Ghost to help me with life's daily challenges. We are led by a prophet and apostles, just like in the days of old. Their counsel and guidance also provide me tremendous help. Going to church each Sunday allows me to develop strong relationships with other members who have the same standards as I and my family do and are striving each day to draw closer to Christ. They provide a tremendous support structure. We visit each other. We serve each other and others in our community. Strengthening the community around us is really important. My children have a tremendous support structure and strong friends within the Church. I know Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that he leads and guides His church through a living prophet. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and being a Mormon. I couldn't imagine raising my family without the strength and support of the church and our faith and knowledge in our Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not have a paid clergy. As members, we all volunteer our service. I served as a Bishop of a congregation for almost 7 years while still working full-time and while working on my masters degree. I have served as a Scout leader, youth leader, minister, family history leader, and teacher. I currently help young men progress toward becoming an Eagle Scout, teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ, and helping them be good family members and citizens in the world. I also visit other members to ensure their temporal and spiritual needs are met - this is called home teaching. I have the great opportunity taking my son's with me on these visits. I enjoy taking my children with me when I visit others - whether that be in their home, helping them move, assisting in some need, visiting the sick in the hospital, etc... Most importantly, I strive each day to follow Jesus Christ and live as He would want me to live. My wife and I teach our children each day about Jesus Christ and what it means to be a disciple of Christ. We read the scriptures each day as a family. We pray as a family. We each study the scriptures and pray privately as well. We try hard to have a gospel centered home - a home focused on Jesus Christ and striving to be like Him. We know the more we become like Christ, the more positive influence we will have on our community. Christ spent His life serving others. As one comes unto Christ, the natural consequence of doing so causes a tremendous desire to serve others as He did.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Don
Because they don't understand us. I know of no one who has spent time to truly understand us who also believe we are a cult. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Don
Reading the scriptures helps us learn of and draw closer to Jesus Christ. When we study the scriptures, we are studying his words. As we strive to live according to what we learn from the scriptures, we will have the blessing of the Holy Ghost to guide and direct us in our daily lives. Studying the scriptures strengthens us spiritually as individuals and has families. It helps build stronger, more unified, more peaceful and loving homes. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Don
No. Not only do we help each other, but we serve and volunteer in our community helping others not of our faith. Our humanitarian efforts help people all around the world. We are generally one of the first organizations to offer help and assistance after disasters. Christ served all in need and we believe to be like Christ, we must do the same. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Don
We believe that we are son's and daughter's of our Heavely Father. He loves us. He wants us to gain experience on earth and keep his commandments so we can return to live with him again. As we do as he asks, we are promised that we will have eternal life - the blessing of living in His presence throughout eternity. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Don
We believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church on the earth. God is not a God of confusion. He can't be the leader or author of multiple religions that contradict one another in doctrine and faith. Thus, there can only be one church on earth that is Christ's true church and it is through that church, the ordinances performed in that church - including baptism, and the doctrine taught in that church, that we can find the only path back to our Heavenly Father. Our desire is that all of God's children will find that path. Thus, we proselyte to share that message and help other's find that path. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Don
Life is sacred. God commanded us that we shouldn't kill. Thus, we shouldn't kill or do anything like unto it. We know that a pregnancy results in a life that is precious to our Father in Heaven. Thus, abortion is contrary to God's will. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Don
Because it is the word of Jesus Christ through his prophets and apostles. As we study the Bible, we learn more of Christ and draw closer to Him. We learn His doctrine and what we must do to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Don
Tithing helps maintain and fund the growth of the church. Tithing is primarily used to pay for church buildings, including temples, and their maintance and upkeep. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Don
We believe we are God's children. He wants us to become like Him. Yet, we are imperfect and sin. We will also die. Jesus Christ came to earth to overcome death through His resurrection and to overcome sin through his atonement. The resurrection is a free gift to all - we will all be resurrected and have perfect bodies in heaven, just like our Heavenly Father, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Overcoming sin requires us to repent and strive to live as Christ would have us live. When we make mistakes, if we will repent and seek God's forgiveness, the atonement of Jesus Christ can make us clean. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Don
To teach our children to follow Jesus Christ and make positive contributions in the world. We also must be good examples of what we want them to become. Show more Show less

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

Don
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ in these latter-days, thus why the church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was called by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to be a prophet and an instrument in their hands in restoring the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as organized by Christ when he was on the earth. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Don
Mormons are Christians. We believe in and strive to follow Jesus Christ in all we do. We believe God speaks to prophets today, just like he did in days of old. Joseph Smith was the prophet that organized The Church of Jesus Christ in this, the latter days. We don't worship him but honor him for the role he played in the restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth just as Christ organized it when he lived on the earth. We believe in the Bible and in The Book of Mormon. We believe families can be together forever. We believe in honest, hard work. We believe it is important to be kind, generous, in taking care of those in need, in serving others. We believe that it is important to have faith in Christ but also believe that faith without works is dead -in otherwords, if we really have faith in Christ, it will show in all that we do - in how we live, raise our families, work, and serve others. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Don
Because God commanded it. It is taught throughout the Bible with the most specific scripture being found in Malachi 3:8-12. Show more Show less