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Hi I'm Glen A. Dolberg

Born in Nebraska, I lived all over in the western USA. I'm a retired humanities professor. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My parents, natives of the USA, were children of the Great Depression, which means that they grew up knowing severe poverty. In fact, they as children were itinerant workers who traveled all over the central and western USA looking for work - mainly farm crops to help plant or to harvest. Since my father's family actually owned a large farm that needed workers, my mother met my father when her family became workers on his father's farm. My dad's mother had died when he was a teenager leaving seven children alone on a big farm. Even though my grandfather eventually remarried, things on their farm were never the same, so life for both my father and for my mother was pretty tough. I think I benefited a lot from their hardships. My parents came from good Christian families but they were not strongly tied to any church; therefore, my parents gave both my sister and me full freedom to figure out religion for ourselves. When I was 13, I read the entire Bible. By age 14, I became interested in the many Christian religions. After trying many of them, I met the Mormons. Because I already knew the Bible well, I was very impressed with the young missionaries and I eventually did receive my own witness that indeed the Book of Mormon is as much the word of God as is the Bible. To me the Book of Mormon is tangible proof that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly Christ's church. Now as a highly educated adult, I can still say that even more firmly.

Why I am a Mormon

You might ask "why are you a Mormon?" My main reason is my relationship with my Heavenly Father. You see, I have a very close relationship with my Heavenly Father through constant prayer. This relationship started in my earliest childhood when I learned that I could speak directly to Him either aloud or in my heart - AND that He would actually answer my prayers. Because He did answer all of my prayers (not always instantly or in the ways I expected), I soon learned that my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ are the two most trusted persons in my life. When I asked my Heavenly Father if this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly His church, he not only confirmed that fact to me way back when I first started asking but He has continued to confirm that FACT again and again to me even when I've studied many other philosophies and even taught college classes about those philosophies and about those other religions for decades. After obtaining a B.A., M.A., and PhD, I have been privileged to spend my adult career teaching at many institutions of higher learning - starting at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, then Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, then University of California at Davis, California - and finally after discovering a much higher salary to support my wife and five children, I finished my career at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California completing a teaching career of a little over 38 years. From all aspects of life - social, financial, psychological, physical, and spiritual - there is no other religion or no other Christian denomination that addresses the needs of human beings better than the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in His church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For me hardly a day passes without having the above fact brought to my attention by what I read or learn from all of the world-wide sources of information.

How I live my faith

One aspect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that makes it for me most like the church which Jesus Christ originally established is the fact that there is NO paid clergy. Somehow paying a person to preach to you just never seemed right. Christ gave his teachings freely because he loved us. Why should someone else get paid for what he gave for free? Therefore, I get LOTS of happiness and joy from participating with everyone else in our congregation as we try do exactly as Jesus Christ preached = "Love one another" by serving one another. Ever since I was baptized on my 15th birthday, I have really enjoyed the good feeling of belonging to a group of believers who truly wanted to be like brothers and sisters. Even before I was baptized I was treated like a brother who was welcomed into all kinds of wholesome activities. Thereafter I received specific "calling" or assignments where doing my duties helped me to learn and grow. Way back then there was an organization called Junior Sunday School. One of my earliest "callings" was to teach a small group of 8-year-olds every Sunday morning for an hour. That was a lot of fun. I really learned a lot when I had to teach it to kids. Nowadays as a senior adult (I'm 70) I've had perhaps close to 100 different callings - each one teaching me more and more to better follow Christ. My current calling is to help our local missionaries. Also with my wife we organize monthly activities for our senior members who have no children in the home. I also serve as a "Home Teacher" which means that another brother and I work as a team to look after the needs of four families or households in our congregation - to visit them once a month and whenever needed to help them any way we can - i.e. we are assigned to be their special friends in Christ. Our whole congregation is divided up in this manner so that EVERYONE has special firends.