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Hi I'm Doug

I'm an artist, a retired diplomat, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I serve as a volunteer leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho, USA. I moved to Idaho after a 25 year career as a U.S. diplomat, having served in Brazil, Peru, Thailand, Venezuela and India. My final assignment was Director of the U.S. Information Agency (now part of the State Department) for Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1998-2001 my wife and I served as founding directors of Latter-day Saint Charities in India. In retirement I have had the opportunity to work as a woodcarver and sculptor. I have been married to my wife for more than 50 years and we have six children and nineteen grandchildren. We enjoy volunteer work in the community as well as our service in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel fortunate to have been taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in my home by faithful parents. During high school and my first year of university studies I explored the teachings of several other religions and philosophies, but after prayer and reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon I developed a conviction of the truth of the gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and accepted an opportunity serve as a missionary in Peru. I have felt the blessings and influence of God in my life and seen the happiness that comes into the lives of others when they become members of this church. I have studied and have great respect for many other religions, including those that are not founded in Jesus Christ, but feel that there is a wholeness in his church that is not available elsewhere.

How I live my faith

I have served in many voluntary positions in the LDS Church including service as president of the ten congregations of the church in east Boise and presently serve as a missionary in New Jersey. However, it is at the family level where the Church has its greatest significance for me. Our children are all grown and married, but we feel close to each other, get together regularly with those who live near and visit the others. We pray together, study the scriptures together and attend church together when we can. We see the good in those around us and enjoy our associations with others who do not share our faith. I have participated in interfaith groups that meet community needs and promote interfaith understanding.