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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon. I am now at peace. It was not always so, but living the gospel principles changed me.

About Me

After a troubled life in my earlier years, I am now old and at peace. This is the result of my having become a Mormon and being as faithful to the Gospel as I could. I dread to think what I would be at this age if had I not converted to this church.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I sought for and found truth. I had listened to many other people and their views but was never totally satisfied with their information. I began to realize that many of the more influential individuals did not necessarily teach truth. Much of their appeal was their charisma, charm and eloquence. Many people are being deceived by the image of the presenter, and therefore accept wrong information as truth. In this church, charisma, charm and eloquence are not what we use the Holy Ghost confirms the validity of our message.

How I live my faith

Of course, I am not perfect, but I am steadily improving myself. This gospel is truly the way of the prophets of old, and I know if I continue being faithful, eventually I will become the person I want to be.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Doug
We use the Bible together with the Book of Mormon. When I read the Book of Mormon I often am cross-referencing my Bible at the same time. The two complement each other. We use the Bible so heavily, that most members also buy a Bible when they purchase a Book of Mormon they buy them as a matched set. Most of our members carry both in the same tote bag I have read the complete Bible numerous times, and in our Sunday School class this year we are studying the Old Testament, book by book. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Doug
The answer is Yes!!! This is an interesting and a fair question, because I too wondered if the Mormons were Christians when I was investigating the LDS church. I think that some of the confusion comes from the fact that we have so much more doctrine and information than do other churches. I was confused when I heard the Mormons talking about things such as a Temple Marriage, the Degrees of Glory, Christ having visited the Americas, baptisms for the dead, sealing families together for eternity, family history research, modern day prophets, the Word of Wisdom our health code, the preexistence, the spirit world etc. I could continue this list for many, many more lines. Because we have so much more, our conversation about our church is not limited to solely speaking of Christ- though we constantly reference him and worship him. We have so much more information that it took me a whole year of talking, listening and reading before I understood most of the basic doctrines, concepts, and information. This was amazing to me, because I had 12 years of Catholic parochial school education- and there was this much more available to the Mormons! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Doug
Ours is a very comforting doctrine- everyone except a few rare individuals is saved in a kingdom of glory - we all, non-Mormons and Mormons, will receive an eternal reward. Ours is a church of positive encouragement and not a church of "Hellfire and Damnation". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Doug
We believe that in the doctrine of grace and are very grateful for it. We are supposed to do all we can to repent of our sins, make amends and keep the commandments. Since people are not perfect, we could never pay the entire price for our sins. This is where the saving power of grace is necessary without it none of us could be saved. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Doug
The place for a curious party to start would be to read the Book of Mormon. One of the things that sets this church apart from all others is that a spiritual witness can be had of its validity. Reading the Book of Mormon, pondering its content, and asking God if it is true is the way to obtain a spiritual witness. The difference between those who join the Church and those who do not is reduced to this very process. Even if a person is not immediately impressed with the truthfulness of the book, if he/she will only read it with an open mind and ask himself/herself, “Just what if it were true? Then he/she needs to pray about its validity. This is why the story of my joining the Church is not unusual. Trying to determine the validity of this Church by a solely intellectual approach is not good enough. Because of the scope of the doctrine and information, there is room for doubt. For example, I am old enough to remember an Alpine cigarette ad that showed a star skier taking a drag on his Alpine cigarette before pushing off down the slope. He took the drag because, “It gave him that extra 'oomph’ he needed to ski better.” Ridiculous and preposterous by today’s standards, and yet believed by people even 50+ years ago. I had a drivers’ education teacher in the military who was at least 50 years old in 1970. He told us that some people from his dad’s generation, including his father, would have a few drinks before hitting the road on family vacation. These men felt they would be “loosened up” and drive better. Unbelievable by today’s standards, but I remember people debating this very thing when I was younger. My point: “The Word of Wisdom”, our health code, was revealed to the Church on February 27, 1833. How people must have laughed and belittled us! Now, we have been vindicated, and people cite our “Word of Wisdom” as being excellent advice. This is the problem people face when trying to use only intellectualism to decide if our Church is true Show more Show less