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Hi I'm Damian

I grew up in the Bay Area as a second generation Basque-American. I am a lawyer, a husband and a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married for almost fifteen years. I am a father of five beautiful children. I moved to Southern Oregon with my family after I finished graduate school. I help run a small family business with my father and brothers. I enjoy playing basketball in the morning before I go to work. I really like reading legal novels and listening to books on tape. My wife and I enjoy a weekly date night, mostly going out to nice restaurants and good movies/plays. In my free time I love coaching my kids in sports. I am an avid sports fan--Niners, Giants, Warriors, and BYU Cougars. I love to search for things to buy and sell on Craigslist. I love watching shows like CSI, Law and Order, NCIS, Antique Roadshow, Chopped, and any animal shows. I have a beautiful Goldendoodle named Layla who is the best ball fetcher in the world. My favorite vacation has been to France with my wife. I would love to travel the world. I drive beater cars primarily because I am not really into expensive cars. I am an Eagle Scout and still enjoy camping with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have a burning belief in my soul that God lives. I believe that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this Earth to show us by example and love the kinds of lives that we can live if we only believe. I know that while on Earth Jesus sacrificed Himself for me. He did so because He loves you and me infinitely. I know that through that sacrifice I am capable of having a happy life here and eternal joy living with God, Jesus, and my loved ones in Heaven. My beliefs are so strong. I have never waivered in my testimony during my life. I believe that that is the case because I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of eight. You see, God and Jesus, restored their true Church here on the Earth in 1830. As a result of that restoration, priesthood power to act in their names was once again among man. That gave man the right to perform religious acts called ordinances. One of those ordinances is to bestow upon believers of Jesus Christ the companionship of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost testifies to every humble seeker of truth that God lives, that He loves us and that He has a plan of happiness for each of us. I am a Mormon because I received the gift of the Holy Ghost and He spoke to my heart many times that what I believe is correct. He speaks to each of us in a very different way. For me, He brings me peace and clarity. I am motivated to learn and live what I learn. All doubt is removed from my mind and heart. I walk with confidence that the path I am on is indeed the one that God wants me on. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has whispered these truths to me. Over and over again, as I listen to fellow members of my Church, and especially modern-day prophets of God, who all testify that they also believe this is God's work, I am strengthened in my resolve to be a Mormon. It is my greatest joy in life. I am so grateful that I have not been forced to live this life with a void of faith. I can find the same as me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith very simply. Each day I wake up before the rest of my family and immediately kneel in prayer. Although I am tired I talk to God and let Him know that I am thankful for my life and look forward to the day ahead. I ask for His guidance and direction. I ask Him to protect and bless my loved ones. After I get ready for the day I spend about an hour reading the Lord's words. He has spoken to us in many ways. We have the scriptures, we have the words of modern-day prophets and we have books written by men and women whose faith and studies produce thoughtful ideas that build my beliefs. I enjoy my readings. I try to ponder their meaning and application in my life. Most especially in my responsibilities as a husband and father. Once everyone in my family wakes up, and before we run off to work and school, we gather together and read scripture. This time is a special time of gathering. We are strengthened together. It's not that my kids get a lot out of the reading but they are strengthened through obedience to God's commands. Their priorities are solidified. Their foundation of faith is more sure. And finally, we kneel in family prayer to thank God for our family and to ask Him for help in our day. Throughout the average day I try to live a life of faith. I choose not to expose my soul to things and habits that would damage my spirituality. I am not perfect in anyway. But I try. Service is an important factor in the faith I live. I serve others who need help. I am a Bishop in our Church. This is a temporary assignment to help others draw unto Jesus Christ. I enjoy the service and I do not believe all the study and prayer would be as meaningful to me if it was not backed up with Christian acts of service. Each Sunday I dedicate my day to God. I rest from my work, focus on my faith and family. I feel my faith renewed. Finally, I end each day the way I began. Kneeling in prayer. My faith is renewed. I look forward to life.