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Hi I'm Doug

I'm 38 years old, married, the father of 5 children, a business executive, and an Assistant Scout Master. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are California natives. We grew up together in a small suburban town just east of San Diego, California. We weren't romantically interested in each other until I returned home from my first year of college. The first time I saw her after I returned was at the high school graduation ceremonies in our small town. We hadn't seen each other for over a year so I hugged her. But when I put my arms around her my tongue went numb and the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end. I knew she was the one. The only challenge that stood in my way was convincing HER that I was the one. We were married a little over a year later. I was 20 and she was 21. We will have been married 18 years this January (2011). We have 5 beautiful children ranging in age from 3 to 17. I recently sold my I.T. business and now work for the company that bought it. I have worked in the IT field since 1995 after a good friend and church member offered me an opportunity to teach Windows 95 to companies all over the Country. Having worked construction for nearly 6 years the chance to work with computers and make a better living was a real blessing in our lives. I am currently serving as the Deacon's Quorum advisor and the Assistant Scoutmaster in my ward. I am fortunate to be working with my eldest son who became a Deacon this past August. We really enjoy the time we spend together on Sundays, in weekday quorum activities, and on Scout camp outs and outings.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was baptized into the Catholic church at a young age and my mother was baptized into the LDS church in her late teen years. Neither of them attended church services. But my mother wanted me to be baptized and confirmed a member of the LDS church. My father agreed. I attended church with my older sister until my sister got married and moved out of the house when I was 11 years old. From that time forward my mother or father would drop me off at church and pick me up 3 hours later unless, of course, I was speaking or being presented with something special like the priesthood. In those cases my parents would attend Sacrament meeting. After high school I feel away from the church. I always knew the church was true, I just wasn't making good decisions. I was rebelling. Each of us have to be personally converted to the gospel. We are taught in Alma 5:14 that we must be spiritually born of God. We have to receive "his Spirit in our countenance". For some the change in heart is a process. For other the change in heart is a moment in time. That moment for me happened when I was in my early 20's. When our first child was born the doctor told us her trachea had not completely formed in the womb. As a result she would likely be mute her entire life. The doctor also told us not to let her cry because her larynx could swell and suffocate her. Needless to say, we were scared to death. We were both up all night watching over her in her crib to make sure she didn't cry. After over a week of no sleep and a lot of stress I asked my wife if I could ask my brother-in-law and my former bishop to give her a priesthood blessing. Not being a member of the church I had to explain to my wife what that meant. She agreed to the blessing because "it couldn't hurt". Two weeks later we took our daughter to the doctor for a follow-up appointment and the doctor told us she was perfectly health and that she must have misdiagnosed the problem. We know what happened. That miracle sparked my wife's conversion in the church and a mighty change in both of our hearts. I can remember the exact moment my heart was truly converted. I had returned home from work early because the job site was shut down due to rain. I came home to an empty apartment, flopped myself on the couch, and flipped on the TV. To my surprise there was a church television advertisement playing. It was the original "The Lamb of God" advertisement. The church must have purchased 1 hour spots on cable television to air the video. As I watched my heart was softened and my heart was turned to my Savior. I knew God loved me. I knew my Savior loved me. I learned that I had a purpose in life. I learned that I had a testimony that Jesus is my Savior and that His gospel had been restored upon the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I knew that the Book of Mormon was holy scripture written by ancient prophets for me to learn and understand the mysteries of my loving Heavenly Father. By the time the video was over I was on my knees sobbing. It was an experience I will never forget and my personal conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Gordon B. Hinckley, a modern-day prophet of the church, taught us that every member needs three things; a friend, a responsibility, and to be nourished by the good word of God. Every member has a responsibility. In the church we call them "callings". All callings are critically important to the building up of the Kingdom of Zion. I have had the opportunity to serve in many callings since I became active in the church. I am currently serving as the 2nd Counselor to the Young Men's president. As such I serve as the Assistant Scoutmaster and Deacon's Quorum Advisor to 10 awesome young men ranging in age from 12 to 13 years old. In addition to my calling I am also a High Priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood. As a High Priest I have the responsibility to act as the Home Teacher to several families. I visit each family that I Home Teach at least once a month to teach them a short lesson and to help them with their spiritual and temporal needs. As a father and a husband I live my faith by praying with my family twice a day, reading scripture together, and teaching my children the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Doug
The church "block" is three hours long. Members go to different classes based upon their age and whether they are male or female. Typically the first hour is Sacrament meeting. After Sacrament I go to Sunday School and then Priesthood. Sacrament meetings are one of our most sacred meetings. All members of the congregation are offered a chance to partake of the holy Sacrament which is blessed and administered by young men holding the Aaronic Priesthood. By partaking of the sacrament we renew the covenants we made with the Lord at baptism by remembering His atonement, repenting of our sins, and recommitting to follow His commandments. We leave Sacrament meetings with a renewed vigor and feeling spiritually cleansed. Sunday School (or Primary for young children) is a time to be spiritually fed. Classes are separated by age group, but the lessons in each class are similar which gives us a chance to talk about the class as a family after church. There is no paid clergy in the LDS church including the bishop. Sunday School teachers teach with the Spirit using manuals provided by the church. Priesthood (or Relief Society for Women) is also an opportunity to be spiritually fed. It is also a time for men to learn the duties of their respective priesthood. Young Men ages 12 to 17 hold the Aaronic Priesthood. The Aaronic Priesthood is a preparatory priesthood. Worthy young men ages 12 to 13 are ordained Deacons, 14 to 15 are ordained Teachers, and 16 to 17 are ordained Priests. At age 18 a worth Aaronic Priesthood holder can receive the Melchizidek Priesthood which is the same priesthood held by the Savior. There are several offices including Elder and High Priest. Certain duties in the church require men to be High Priests before they can receive the keys to perform those duties like being a member of the Bishopric. Show more Show less