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Hi I'm BigDogDano

I'm a Mormon, who loves to laugh! I met my wife when I was 8 years old. I was Joseph, she was Mary in a Church Christmas Pageant

About Me

I am just a normal guy with a varied background. I have been in many business environments, enjoyed many rare life experiences. Married for nearly 41 years to a wonderful and amazing woman! We have known each other almost 51 years and been a couple 45 years. We share a beautiful family of 6 kids, 5 married (all in the temple) 13 grandkids. My wife Valerie is terminally ill and on hospice with a rare ovarian cancer, when diagnosed it was stage IV. As of this writing, it has been 8 years, 6 months and 3 days. Initially, she was given 12-27 Months to live. This cancer has been a blessing in our life together. We have come to know our Father in Heaven's sure plan of salvation, we take that knowledge with us every day, keep our optimism, our humor and for me, I have become a better man through this. There are two doors when life presents a trial; there is the fear/pity/why me door and there is the growth/soul polishing door. Val is amazing in this walk. You can read our story at www.valstandswithafist.blogspot.com Valerie passed away on April 12, 2013. She was excited and ready to pass through the veil and meet the Savior in Paradise. She was pure in every sense of the word. Her passing had a deep impact on our entire family, which now numbers 6 kids, all married and 15 grandchildren. I was blessed to meet a wonderful widow on August 27, 2014. We instantly fell in love and were married on September 29, 2014. I have been to enjoy love and happiness again.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised a Mormon, there was a time when I contemplated leaving. I decided to read the Book of Mormon, so I would have ammo for all the mormons who would cross my path in life and seek to bring me back. In my reading I gained a solid understanding of Jesus Christ as my Savior and through the atonement, even I (a soul so rebellious as I) could be redeemed and return to God and spend eternity in His glory. This mortal walk, as I have come to really understand it while learning and growing through my wife's cancer, is but a brief flash in eternity. We are hear to let our faith grow so that it can match our prior knowledge of God, with whom we lived, before we came into this mortal sphere.

How I live my faith

When I became converted, I committed to always share in polite and humble ways my love of the Lord and that the mormon theologies were soild ways to better understand God. I ignore those who only care to attack and tear at Mormonism. I do so with love and friendship toward them. I live in kindness and compassion. I marvel at the Savior's approach throughout the New Testament and 3rd Nephi. His constant message of, "Come follow me..." is the message of love.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

God isn't hiding and He knows each of us. He beckons us to think, study, ponder, research and draw our own conclusions. He then promises us that he will confirm within us anything we seek answers to. This confirmation comes in many ways; a feeling, an outcome, a sign or a unique epifany - all of which will lead us to clarity and resolute ideas that you can feel as a confirmation to any question or understand that you seek after. This however will NOT come to you, if you lead an unGodly or sinful life. But I do know that the atonement of our Lord can cleanse one's soul so that this conduit to heaven can always be there or come back to you. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are sealed together for all eternity, they are our direct link and lineage to one another, ultimately to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less