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Hi I'm Douglas.

I'm a brother, mentor, and aspiring novelist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself a "jack of all trades," and certainly a master at none. I love learning, writing, dancing, volleyball, swimming, teaching, board-games, ect. The list could go on. I sing along to the radio and dance in the mirror. I have a deep appreciation for those who have helped me in my youth to set goals and dream big. I hope to return that favor to the next generation. I currently mentor high school students with reading while pursuing creative writing outside of school. I believe God has instilled in each of us the desire to create, and to me words are divine building blocks. I believe each of us has a story to tell, and I want to hear as many as I can! Sometimes I see a stranger passing by and just wonder "Who is this and where are they coming from?"

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I feel I have had a rich and rewarding youth. The standards and values of the Church have helped me overcome many of the obstacles which might have jeopardized my welfare both spiritually and physically. The availability of the words of Christ is of such great value to me. As I have searched the scriptures and listened to the words of living prophets I have felt my relationship with God increase and my divine potential become more achievable. Sometimes I feel as though a lifelong member of the church isn't given enough consideration for the search they have undertaken in discerning the truth of the gospel. But even those of us who were born in the faith have had our moments to ponder, our answers to seek, and our burdens to bear. Yet in all my experience I have found no other satisfactory substitute to the truth and spirit which is had in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one moment at a time. Within and out of the church we have many opportunities to demonstrate what we believe or what we stand for. I feel it's more in the small and seemingly insignificant acts when we prove our hearts. So even if it be holding open a door for someone at the grocery or ministering in the capacity of our church responsibilities we are expressing to our God that we believe and love His word. For a time I served as a full-time missionary in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission, which took me to various parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. As a missionary I was able to share my testimony of Jesus Christ and his restored church in a way unavailable to me prior to my mission. And the experiences I gained in that service have blessed me in being a more "missionary minded" disciple of Christ.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Douglas.
A testimony is a set of core beliefs which have become known and cherished. It is a knowledge given to us through a witness of the Holy Spirit. It is stored in the heart, and once possessed it becomes a governing influence for all of our actions and thoughts. We obtain a testimony through study (learning) and faith (action). We may hear someone share what they know about a principle of the gospel and feel in our soul that what they are saying is good and true. That first witness leads us to seek more understanding about it. Then, we begin to act in accordance with our learning, with a hope that God will reveal to us the truth of a particular principle or promise. Then, as we witness the blessings and spirit from the principles or promise fullfilled in our own life it becomes a sure part of our heart and a testimony which can't easily be erased. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Douglas.
Each of us is a child of God, and therefore divine! We have a divine potential to become like our Heavenly Father. That might seem like a lofty and unreachable point for us to achieve, but that is why God sent His son Jesus Christ to be an example for us. Christ has promised us that if we will strive to become more like Him, we will be joint heirs with Him in the Kingdom of God. So then is life's great purpose, that we do all that we can to follow God's commandments and improve ourselves during our days so that we may return to our Father in Heaven through the grace of His Son. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Douglas.
Quickly will a mormon declare, we first have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In every doctrine, principle, and mission of the gospel is found Jesus Christ. He is the cornerstone of the faith. He is the author of faith. In His example we are taught how to have faith. Often I hear accusations that as we speak of the Book of Mormon, or Joseph Smith, or our current church leaders, that we are disregarding Christ. However, it has been my experience that as I have found reason to trust in these individual witnesses, I discovered reason to exercise faith in Jesus Christ. They have been the stepping stones I needed to take another step closer to Him. And for those experiences and that knowledge I am most thankful. Show more Show less