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Hi I'm Don

I play the cello. I can fix any computer problem. I like onions on my pizza. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 45 year old Manager of Software Engineering. I have a beautiful wife, 8 wonderful children, two sons-in-law, and a dog named "The Cuteness". I love to watch good movies, listen to all kinds of music, play the cello in the local symphony, and even do the occasional home or auto repair project. My life's ambition is to grow old with my wife, and see my children achieve success and happiness in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because my parents taught me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church that God has established for His children on earth. I am still a Mormon because I have learned for myself that they were right. There comes a time in everyone's life when they must decide for themselves what they believe and what path they will follow. For me, that time came when I started college. I was no longer living at my parents' house, eating my parents' food, or going to my parents' church. I had my whole life before me and I began to evaluate what I wanted that life to be. I began to ask myself with more earnestness than I had ever asked before, "Do I truly believe all the things I have been taught?" After a particularly difficult day, I sat down to relax by watching one of my favorite movies, "Fiddler on the Roof". I was impressed with the way the lead character, Tevye would talk with God. I had been taught to say prayers. I knew how to do that. But Tevye did not just say prayers; he conversed with God like a friend - like He was walking right alongside him. My soul hungered for that kind of familiarity with my Heavenly Father, so I went into my bedroom, closed the door and knelt down and started to pray. I spoke to God like he was right there in the room with me, sharing with him the difficult events of the day and, most importantly, my desire to really know Him. All at once I was overtaken by a powerful feeling which swept over me, like a warm embrace, and my heart was filled with love. This joyous feeling was so overwhelming that for more than an hour I could do nothing but lie on the floor and sob. I didn't care - I was happy. I knew that God was my Heavenly Father, and He really does love me like a son. I learned that He was always there and ready to have a relationship with me, if only I was ready to have one with Him. I had learned for myself how to come to God and get answers to my life's problems and questions. He has answered my many questions over the years, and now I can say that I know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the church which God, Himself has established for His children to bring them back to their heavenly home.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being honest and kind in all my dealings with my fellow men and women. God loves all his children - yes, even you. I know of no faster way to ruin a friendship than to be unkind to your friend's kids or family, do you?. Therefore, I try to remember that everyone I meet is someone that my friend, Jesus Christ deeply cares about. I try to always speak kindly to (and about) them, give help where I can, forgive when offended, and love them even if I don't like them. In the movie, "The Blind Side", Mrs. Touhy says to a bully, "You mess with my son, you're messing with me!" I think that is more or less what is meant by the scripture, "...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40) What ever way we treat His family, God will take it personally.