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Hi I'm Doug Rutherford

I grew up in Washington and So. California. I do tech support for call centers. Involved with ham radio & emergency response.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father to 3 cute blonde girls born 2001, 2003, & 2006. I got my Bachelors degree in 2006 in Information Technology & Network Administration. I work from home supporting customers that use call center technologies. I like camping & taking trips to new places. This also helps me enjoy another hobby, photography. I enjoy spending time with my family. think if I could get paid to travel the world with my family, take pictures, and write about the places we visit & things we do, I would do that. I enjoy playing with different operating systems. One of my first jobs was supporting the technology of an accounting firm and I worked for them for about 18 months before I got my own PC at home which I picked out all the parts for right down to the brand of memory. All my relatives, even my non-technical ones had been switching to Mac computers and eventually I did as well after Windows VIsta came out. However I enjoy learning a variety of operating systems including Mac, different versions of Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora Core Linux, Chrome OS, CentOS, Live Android, etc. I have also done some personal projects with digital video editing and have enjoyed creating via that outlet. I like a variety of music and listen to music while I work, drive, or whenever I can. I still play video games from time to time and my kids love when I play kid friendly family games on the Wii.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the church, as was my mother, I still had to develop a testimony of my own. As with many others in this situation, my testimony was like an infant in my youth and greatly developed during the 2 years I served a mission. I served in the central provinces of Canada and learned as I taught the gospel principles found in the scriptures. I'm a Mormon because I believe that by following those principles, we can find true happiness. My father taught me the joys of spending time with family and the strength & bond family members can share. As we moved around growing up, friends changed and I lost contact but family remained constant. Being a Mormon, we learn that families can be forever. We can be married, not just for time, but for eternity and be sealed with our family. This eternal perspective helps us work harder to have a loving family that we want to be with forever. Though this does not mean life is without challenges, obstacles, or drama, being a Mormon provides access to resources, tools, and knowledge that can help us through those parts of life and make us stronger in our relationship with the Savior and the ability to help others via our own experiences. I'm also a Mormon because I believe that the authority to act in God's name to bless people's lives and continuing direct revelation from our Heavenly Father is critical in our lives and that there is a living prophet on the earth today to bring that to us.

How I live my faith

Besides going to church every Sunday, I served a 2 year mission in central Canada. Since then I've taught gospel principles to children at church and have served in a number of other callings. I've given talks in church. I visit church families to help strengthen their testimonies, bring them closer to Christ, and help make sure their spiritual as well as temporal needs are met. I work with my wife on following council to be prepared for emergencies with food storage and other supplies and have become a licensed ham radio operator for emergency communications. I go to the temple to perform saving ordinances for ancestors who may not have had the opportunity to receive those blessings. I've participated in doing family history work and genealogy. Our family holds regular family home evening where we learn a gospel principle or participate in a family activity. We continue to teach these principles both by example and discussion. We have regular family prayer together as well. In addition, my wife and I regularly serve in our community by working with the Emergency Management office for the city we live in.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Doug Rutherford
Mormons help everyone in need. At a local level we are encouraged to participate in our local communities, to volunteer with local organizations and serve those around us. On a larger scale, the Mormon Church has an established welfare program that blesses the lives of people and communities all over the world. It has it's own dairy farms, cattle ranches, farms and other things that it uses to produce food for others. Deseret Industries is an organization similar to Goodwill where donations of goods or services are used to bless the lives of others. The church welfare program has also been used to help communities that have suffered from disaster or other emergencies. Missionaries are sent out not only on proselyting missions to share the gospel to the world but on welfare missions where they help build up communities with fresh water wells, teaching, and other services. Often the women's group in the Church will get together for humanitarian projects such as making quilts or care packages with sanitary or other supplies that get donated and / or sent to people, communities, and organizations in need of help and assistance. Show more Show less