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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a husband, a father, an avid cyclist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three boys--twins, one of whom is in college, one we lost soon after birth our angel boy, and a 17 year old, 4.0 gpa senior in high school, who also happens to have autism. My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this summer-2011. We were high school sweethearts and still are. I have been a Judge for 8 years, prior to that, an attorney for 13 years. I enjoy staying physically fit by lifting weights and riding my road bike on long cycling rides. I've even been known to compete in a few triathlons. I love the gospel and enjoy the blessings that come to me and my family by living its principles. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's restored church upon the earth. My Mom was a member of the church, and much of her/our ancestors were members of the church who sacrificed everything they had to head west and to settle Utah, Nevada and California. My Dad was not a member and so our family did not attend church much at all for many years. My Dad passed away while we were on a family vacation, when I was 7 years old. After my Dad passed away, my Mom had the missionaries come and teach me and my siblings. I was 8 years old when I gained my first witness that something special was here. Over the years, I've read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, both many times. I know they are the word of God. I have followed the teachings of these books of scripture and the teachings of the Church to find out for myself if they truly do bring happiness and a closer relationship to my Heavenly Father. Over many years of finding out for myself, I can honestly say that I KNOW my Savior lives and this is His church and His gospel and although there are many good churches and good people on this earth, I have found that only this church has ALL the knowledge and truth, not just bits and pieces of truth. For that knowledge, I am eternally grateful to my Father in Heaven, and to my Mother for bringing it into our home so many years ago. 

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being honest in all that I do and in treating everyone with whom I come in contact with respect regardless of their circumstances. I get a lot of these opportunities in the courtroom, but outside my profession I try to do the same. I feel like telling people about my faith is important but living it so they can see it in action is much more important than hearing it from my mouth.