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Hi I'm Doug

I am a husband, a father of four, a grandfather of six, a dentist in the suburbs of Chicago, and a 5th generation Mormon.

About Me

My father was a chemical engineer. Because of his work, I was raised in the Midwest, South and Northeast of the United States of America. I lived two years in Central America as a missionary for the Mormon Church. I am been married for 26 years. I am a general dentist. One of the reasons I chose to be a dentist was in order to be able to stay in one place to raise my family. I have lived in the same house for 23 years, in the same town for 25 years and in the same state for 35 years. I raised my family in a community that I felt would give each of them the best possible environment for maximum growth and development. I continue to practice as a solo practitioner. I spend time treating patients, managing my dental practice and keeping up in the current knowledge and advances in dentistry. My son and two of my daughters are married. I love to try and stay fit. I am interested in a good healthy, active lifestyle and nutritious food. I eat a vegan diet. I am 60 years old. I exercise regularly. I have a vegetable garden. I follow local, national and world politics as well as sports. I have been involved in Boys Scouts of America as an adult volunteer for a good number of years. I have my Wood Badge award. I am very dedicated to strengthening the bonds of love and concern in our family. I enjoy visiting with my family. I consider them the most important people in my life. Most of my time is centered around my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I originally became a Mormon or was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of eight years old. I am part of the fifth generation in my family to be members of the Church. Even as a young child of 6 or 7 I remember being delightfully impressed with the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I understood it as taught by the Church. As I approached my nineteenth birthday I engaged in a very serious study of my religion, particularly the Book of Mormon. With great sincerity I studied and read the Book of Mormon. I wished to have a spiritual assurance from God that all of the aspects of the Gospel as taught in the Book of Mormon were His and were pleasing to Him and were true. I also wanted to feel the joy and happiness of forgiveness which is the promise to the faithful followers and believers of Jesus Christ. The result of this intense study and discipline was a very strong spiritual witness regarding the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the calling of the prophet Joseph Smith, the restoration of the Gospel in its fulness upon the earth and also the sweet joy of forgiveness and redemption from the true and living God. Strengthened by these experiences I began a 42 year journey of dedication and commitment to spiritual growth and seeking to do the will of my Heavenly Father. Over those years I have continued to have received the strength and witness from God that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is everything it claims to be. It is His Church. It administers His ordinances by the power and authority of His Priesthood. Jesus Christ is real and ministers to each person on the earth as much as they will allow Him to do. I was born into a Mormon family, but now the Church is my Church and I know it is Heavenly Father's Church too. It teaches me how to return to my Heavenly Father with my family.

How I live my faith

My wife and I enjoy very much serving as Merit Badge Counselors for the Boys Scouts of America. As young men ages 11-18 advance through the ranks of Scouting toward the top rank of Eagle Scout, we mentor them as they participate in skill development and service in the areas of family life, communications and personal fitness. Part of this process involves teaching and setting goals with each boy. We do this together either in our home or at a convenient meeting place when we have larger numbers of boys working on the same merit badge. We also monitor their activities as they develop in these areas. A different activity I do in companionship with another adult male member of my congregation, is to participate in personal ministering to four families in our local congregation. Our assignment is to be close friends to the members of the families and spiritually strengthen them in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Together we visit their homes at least monthly offering our assistance in any way and sharing an inspiring message of hope and truth. In a similar way my wife and I serve a larger number of people as group leaders for a weekly twelve step Addiction Recovery and Healing program. Our work is particularly focused towards members of our faith, their family members, their friends or anyone at all who may be struggling with addictions of any kind or have any other particular need of spiritual healing. Our group meets on the same evening, at the same time in the same location each week, to receive the Grace and power of God to be spiritual healed and awakened in our abilities to overcome whatever weakness by which we may be challenged. We use 12 steps or principles to teach the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Besides our weekly group meetings as group leaders we travel on Sundays throughout the 11 English speaking Latter-day Saint congregations in our area to explain about our program and invite all who may have interest to participate.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Doug
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Son. We believe that under the direction of Heavenly Father, He is the Creator of heaven and earth, the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of the World. Through the His Atonement all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. Jesus Christ is our Captain, our King, our great benefactor, our mediator with the Father. He is our great Physician, our hope, our God, our Example, our Helper, our Healer, our Life and Light, our Way back to the Father. He is our Advocate with the Father. He gives us strength. Through His Grace we are strengthened in our weaknesses. He understands our thoughts and feelings. He understands our hearts. He feels after us. He changes our hearts. Mormons believe that all of the spirits of the inhabitants of the earth were created spiritually before being born to earthly parents here on earth. We believe that we existed as spirits for a long time before we came to be born of earthly parents. We believe that of all those spirits Jesus Christ is the First Born of Heavenly Father’s spirit children. As He declares in scripture “I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn.” (D & C 93:21) We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, the Father, in the flesh. This means that Heavenly Father is His literal Father and Mary is His mother. Show more Show less