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Hi I'm Doug Gardner

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of two beautiful children, and husband to a beautiful wife! My family is the most important thing in my life. I come from a large family, and enjoy attending our multiple family reunions each year. I grew up on a farm and ranch, and actually miss some of the benefits that gave to us, such as fresh raw milk, plenty of meat, good place to grow a garden, etc. I was a disc jockey for over 15 years, and I love all kinds of music. I also love computers, and computer games. I love my weekends, and when time permits, will go camping and fishing with my son. We love to explore new wilderness areas and potential camping or fishing sites. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, and am always looking for ways to not only increase my income, but also help others do the same. I have an interest in finances, and love watching shows such as Clark Howard, Ric Edelman, and Jim Cramer. I am passionate about politics, and love a good debate. I seek to vote for those political leaders that love the Constitution and will keep their oath to preserve, protect, and defend it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so I grew up as a Mormon. As I neared my 19th birthday, and needed to decide if I wanted to serve a 2 year mission, as is customary for 19 year old Mormon boys, I realized that I could not just rely on my parent's testimonies. I decided if I was going to go preach our beliefs and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we know it, that I really needed to have a testimony of my own. I immersed myself in the scriptures, and Mormon doctrine books. I also studied the beliefs of many other religions to compare what they believed to our beliefs. I had read the Book of Mormon with my family growing up as a kid, which meant I didn't really pay attention or grasp the words in that sacred book. I made the decision to read and seriously study the messages it contained, and then follow Moroni's promise at the end to ask God if what I had read is true. That is exactly what I did, and I received assurance that what I read was true, and I knew that serving a mission was the right thing to do. I had gained my own testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I served a mission to the Philippine Islands. It was definitely one of the greatest things I have ever done! I love the Filipino people, and made many friends there. I was able to share my testimony with many people there as well, and teach them what I believe and know to be true. It was truly one of the most wonderful times of my life. My testimony has served me well throughout my life. It helps me stay grounded in my beliefs and to resist temptations that may rise up in my struggle to stay on the straight and narrow path. And It is indeed sometimes a struggle, but it is that testimony of the Gospel and the knowledge that the Lord loves me, that comforts me in my time of need and keeps me plugging along in my efforts to love and obey God.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as our Bulletin Specialist where I prepare the agenda for each Sunday service, and any announcements that members of our congregation should know about. I also teach our men's group every 4th Sunday, and serve as the secretary to that same group. I also serve as a "Home Teacher" where we go and visit several families in our congregation once a month just to check on their welfare, assist them with anything they might need, and to teach each other, and strengthen our bonds as members of the same congregation. I also take turns with some of the other men, visiting the sick and elderly that are unable to attend church, let them know we missed them, and to provide the sacrament to them. I have made many lifelong friends with the positions I am able to serve in, and I really enjoy getting to know more about the people that I worship with each Sunday.