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Hi I'm Don

I'm a fourth generation Mormon.

About Me

I'm the 5th child of a family of 9 children. I have two older sisters and two older brothers. I also have two younger brothers and two younger sisters. Both of my parents have passed away--both lived wonderful lives dying in their late 80's. One of my older brothers passed away when I was 14 years old. My youngest sister was born with down's syndrom and passed away about 8 years ago. I'm married to a wonder wife. We have been blessed with 5 children--three boys and two girls. All married wonderful spouses and have blessed us with 17 grandchildren. I have worked as a volunteer in the scouting organization for many years. I have been to woodbadge and powderhorn. Haved served in many volunteer positions. I work as manager of a medical laboratory in a community hospital. It has been a wonderful profession. I

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both very active mormons and raised us as children to be likewise. I grew up never really doubting the truthfulness of the restored gospel. I, like everyone, had to discover for myself and had to develope my own conviction of the truth. I served a two year mission in what was called the Gulf States Mission comprising of Louisanna, Mississippi, Arkansas and part of Tennesee. I loved my mission. I felt the spirit many times and knew the joy of being a tool in the hands of my Heavenly Father in the conversion of many wonderful people. I have stated many tiimes and continue to believe it to be true that a day does not pass without drawing on some aspect of something I learned or experiened in the mission field. It literally changed and shaped my life. I continue to have correspondence and relationships with missionary companions and with families i was privledged to meet. I love my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ and express daily my gratitude for the Atonement of my Savior. I know if I repent and keep His commandments I can, with my family, return to His presence and we can live together in an eternal relationship. What great peace and comfort this give to me.

How I live my faith

I have for years served in volunteer assignments for my church. I love working with the young people. Although I am getting older, I still enjoy hiking and back packing. I'm not as fast as I used to be, however I am greatful I have the health and strenth to participate. My church membership allows me to be with wonderful people in neighborhood groups we call wards. Each ward has church leadership positions of which I have had the priviledge to serve. I especially like the program we call home teaching. With another male companion, we visit 4 other families on at least a monthly basis and have the opportunity to assist them with things such as yard care. We usually pray together with these families and participate with them, as invited to do so in such things as birthdays, weddings of children etc. We can also be of assistance when tradgedy or death comes into their family.