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Hi I'm Doug

I'm an Arizona boy, an Army vet, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For just a normal guy, I've done lots of things. I've been a city boy, a farm boy, a welder, a truck driver, a wildland fire fighter, a soldier, and a student. I've been in Scouting since I was a young boy and earned my Eagle Scout at age 16. I'm still involved in Scouting today. I've spent time in the US Army as an Infantry officer and later as a Military Intelligence officer. I've been a management consultant in the retail industry and healthcare industry. I'm currently an operations executive in the healthcare industry. I've been married for over 20 years. My wife and I have been blessed with four wonderful sons and beautiful, talented daughter. We have lived in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New York, Minnesota, Australia, and now, Indiana. Each has brought us new experiences and added to the richness of our lives. I love being outdoors and working with my hands. Counting my time in the Infantry, I've logged just over 1000 nights under the stars and I still don't sleep well the first night in a sleeping bag! :) One of my favorite camping spots anywhere is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. It's beautiful, remote, secluded, peaceful, and lots of fun whether with my family or a bunch of Boy Scouts! One last thing, I love the shooting sports. I was introduced to gun safety and the shooting sports as a young man. I've been pulling triggers ever since. For relaxation and competition, it's doesn't get better than that!

Why I am a Mormon

Some might say that this would be an easy answer for me considering that I'm a 6th generation Mormon on both my father's as well as my mother's side of the family. My earliest family members joined the Mormon church in Maine in 1837. If you trace the history of the Mormon church from that point forward, I've had ancestors along every step of the way. I was raised in a home where our lives where centered on the Church. Our activities, in and out of the home, were always influenced by the Church. I actively participated, as expected, through my childhood and early teenage years. Then came a time in my life, where I started to wonder about all the time and energy that being a member of the Church required. I begin asking myself questions such as is it really worth it, is this really what I want to be doing with all my time, do I really believe what I've been taught as a child? I finally came to a point where I needed to find out for myself. I remember thinking, "if this is true, then I really need to get with the program. If it's not, then I'm wasting a lot of time and I could be doing something else." With that as the burning question in my heart, I went to the Lord in prayer. I asked questions. I pondered. I studied. I sought counsel from those I trusted. I sincerely wanted to know whether the faith of parents was to be my faith. I wanted to have a personal witness of the restored gospel and of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The answer came...little by little. It was not a flash of revelation from heaven. It was not a specific point in time. It was not a load voice declaring an answer to me. It was the sweet, soft, comforting witness of the Holy Spirit. It spoke gently to my soul that yes, Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw. Through this young boy, the Lord had restored the fulness of His gospel to the earth complete with all the priesthood power and saving ordinances. Today, my personal witness guides me in all I do.

How I live my faith

I once had the opportunity to teach a short gospel message to the children of our congregation. These children ranged in ages from 3 to 7 years of age. In trying to teach the gospel at the appropriate age level, I found myself summarizing my faith, my witness, my testimony, into these simple words; I know that Jesus lives. I know that he wants me to be happy. I know that I will be happy if I follow His commandments. While there are many tenants and doctrines of the gospel, my faith really is that of a child. I know that I am a son of God. He has placed me upon this earth for all the experiences of mortality. He provided a Savior for me. And through the my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I can return to live with my Father once again. There's really not much need to complicate it beyond this. I've heard said that the gospel is simply beautiful, and beautifully simple. Indeed it is.