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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of six boys, including triplets. Our boys keep my wife and me busy with school and church activities. In my free time I am a cyclist and a runner. I am also a Radiation Oncologist (a doctor who treats cancer patients with radiation).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. As I have matured through the years I have gained a greater appreciation of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In todays world, I am so grateful to have a strong spiritual foundation. Having strong values that don't change with every latest fad has been such a great help in my life and in raisng our sons. When I say that I know that this church is Christ's organization on earth, it may sound presumptuous, but I cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

I currently am serving as the Bishop of my ward. A ward is a congregation and the Bishop serves as the "Paster". Our ward has just over 500 members. All those who serve in leadership in our wards do not get paid. I also serve as a Home Teacher. I visit several families each month and look after their needs. Other Home Teachers of my ward help me, as Bishop look after all the members in the ward.

Are Mormons Christians?

Doug
Yes. The real name of the Mormon Church is, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". We absolutely believe in Christ. We believe he is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Doug
As I mentioned, a ward is a "congregation" of members of the church. Members belong to a particular ward according to their geographic location. A branch is also a congregation of members, but is generally composed of a smaller group of members. A stake is made up of several wards and branches. A branch is lead by a Branch President. A ward is lead by a Bishop, and a stake is lead by a Stake President. Show more Show less