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Hi I'm Don

I’m a Mormon. I’m a university professor. My faith helps me discover truth.

About Me

I was born in Australia and now live in the United States. I’ve been married for 38 years. I have six children and my life has been made better by each one of them. I learnt about being a parent with the adoption of our first four children, and learnt about giving when we adopted our severely disabled son who has been part of our life ever since. A further great blessing was given to us when our youngest daughter was born later in our lives. Along with my family, my greatest joy has come from serving in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was four years old, my family moved to a small town located on the southern coast of Australia. The day after we arrived, two young men knocked on our door and my mother accepted the invitation to learn about the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and remained true and faithful through many trials till the day she died over 40 years later. She provided a way for me to learn of the same truths so that one day, when I was 19, I could say, “If this is what I believe to be true then I should live it.” After making that decision, it opened the way for me to receive a witness of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that matched what I had intellectually known and accepted since I was a child. That changed my life forever.

How I live my faith

Believing in Jesus Christ, who He is and what He has done, helps define my life. Yes, there are daily events that take up much of each day in providing a home for my family. Among all of that, my faith teaches me that we are all children of God and thus, as a teacher it is not about being better it is only about being in a different place in time, and sharing knowledge. The same applies within my family, my children are not really mine, but are my brothers and sisters to whom I have a responsibility to love, provide for, and teach. Not that I am perfect in any of this, but it influences how I live.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

When I accompanied a friend to the Grand Canyon for the first time, and I looked over the vast expanse and contemplated how deep it was, not even being able to see the lowest level -- it would end up taking us all day to hike down to the Colorado River -- I was struck with its sheer immensity and how seemingly insignificant I was. The beauties of the earth, the beauty of the desert, its red rock, its sand, and even the flowers that appear there, all tell me that this is not a random creation. Yet how is it that I have also felt felt love and joy when I have seen, read, or been part of something in which a miraculous intervention in a person's life has occurred -- when only God could know of that person's need at that point in time. Those feelings that come to me -- that I know I cannot generate through my own power -- are a witness to me that not only does God live but that His love, directed to each of His children, transcends the enormity of the universe and transforms that feeling of insignificance into a peace beyond compare. Show more Show less