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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a husband, a father, an artist, and a happy camper. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my wife, our kids, springtime, and starlight. I love backpacking, homesteading, wood-splitting, and firelight. I love Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Dickens; tamaracks in the fall, thrushes in the spring, and fresh hot homemade bread. I love the holy temple, hymns of thunderous majesty, and storytime with kids. Above all, I love the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Savior, my refuge, my Shepherd, and my King.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of this Church is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, orders of magnitude beyond whatever’s in second place. I am a Mormon because I love the Lord Jesus Christ and I want with my whole soul to obey Him. If you had a chance to choose something that's a billion times better than the next best thing, wouldn’t you take it? Yeah, me too. That’s why I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try every day to do what the Lord wants me to do. I pray and study the scriptures every day. I work hard and try to be honest; and I'm always watching out for ways to help other people, even if it's just with a smile. At church I am what's called a "branch president," which means I'm the ecclesiastical leader of a group of about 150 members of our congregation (called, strangely enough, a "branch"). It's a pretty diverse group, scattered along about 40 miles of a river canyon between two states. But I love love love what I do. Sunday is my favorite day.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

If you do that, you will make any Mormon happy. Look for the missionaries in your town (usually two young guys on bicycles). Flag them down and ask them; you'll make their day. Talk to any Mormon you know; you'll make their day. Better yet, go to church next Sunday (use the meetinghouse locator on the top of this page). Don't be bashful. If you are, approach the branch president after the meeting (he's the one sitting up in front of the congregation). You'll make his day. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is used to advance the work of God on the earth: building and maintaining temples, church buildings, etc. It is not used to support the clergy. I am a member of that clergy and I don't receive one dime for the work I do in the Church. Nor is tithing used to support missionaries; they pay their own way (I was a missionary too). Nor is tithing used to help the poor. We do that through a different freewill donation, called a fast offering. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. If a Christian is someone who accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and who tries with his whole heart to follow that Savior, then I am 100% Christian. Make that 1000%. Or a bazillion%. Show more Show less