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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am now retired after a wonderful career with a major international company (18 years), owning my own business (11 years), and as a financial planner (10 years). I have always loved being outdoors hunting and fishing or just experiencing God’s creations. In my senior years may hobbies have been computers, gardening and service Explained below). I am married to a beautiful women for nearly 50 years. We have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. I have been a member of Optimist International, an organization that serves children. With Optimists I served as a club president twice and Lt. Governor. We have always loved to travel and have enjoyed worldwide experiences in 35 countries. My wife and I have completed a 25 month service experience in Asia Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. We next taught English at Qingdao University in China to graduate students and professors. For the next 18 months we are volunteering as public service representatives in Canada. Serving people of many faiths, cultures and personalities keeps us active, enjoying the pleasures of retirement, while staying young!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born of wonderful and faithful Mormon parents. Their examples of patience, perseverance and living Christian lives were an important influence on my life’s choices. However, I too had to gain my own understanding and testimony of Christ and His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This testimony came gradually as a youth, and it has progressed through many years of prayer, fasting at times and studying the Book of Mormon, Bible and other scriptures. I am far from being perfect, but I am daily striving to emulate the qualities of the Savior. Being a Mormon gives me great satisfaction knowing that my family will be with me not only for this life, but also for all eternity.

How I live my faith

One of the great attributes of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having the opportunity to serve others. The Church is an organization of volunteers with the opportunity to “accept or not” service opportunities. Service for me has become a necessity for me to “come unto Christ” as taught by the Saviors’ in Matthew 2540 “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. Some of my church service has included teaching classes in primary, youth, young adults and adults. I have also served in the Family History Center teaching courses and helping others research their genealogy and family histories. I have served as a full time missionary in the Eastern USA & Canada for 24 months and in Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia for 25 months. We spent a year teaching English at Qingdao University in China and are presently serving a Public Affairs mission in Canada. In my earlier years I served as a Bishop in two different countries, which encompasses being a “lay minister” to congregations of 300-400people. At each Church service opportunity I always felt very inadequate and under qualified, but with the Lord’s assistance I was blessed beyond description in a fulfilling each task. The Church truly blesses our lives by providing us opportunities of service to others.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Doug
In the Lord's Church the men hold the priesthood and women do not because that is the plan of God. My wife is my eternal companion and we jointly share in the responsibilities and blessings of the priesthood. In the Church the man neither walks ahead, nor behind his wife, but at her side. We are co-equals in this life. I am grateful for my wife as she has blessed our home and family with nurturing and care that only a woman could provide. She has strengthened me as a priesthood holder to be a better person and to fulfill my role as a father responsibly. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Doug
I declare, we are Christians in a very real sense. We have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement. Show more Show less

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

Doug
I believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). When Jesus lived on the earth (approximately 2,000 years ago), He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement —Jesus Christ saves us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, you can be forgiven of your sins when you sincerely repent (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). Show more Show less