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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in Southern California. I'm a high school teacher and coach. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have four children. I enjoy being outdoors-hiking, kayaking, biking. I was a missionary in Japan, and now teach Japanese to high school students. I have been involved in choral music nearly my whole life. I am involved in several local volunteer organizations, and run annual food drives, coat drives, and Christmas toy drives.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to church, and my family has been in the church for many generations. Coming to own it for myself came when I was a teenager, and under pressure from well-meaning friends to abandon some of my beliefs and practices. This led me to search for answers through reading and prayer. I attended other church services and study groups, but was really disappointed by how my beliefs were mischaracterized and misunderstood. I received spiritual confirmation that the Book of Mormon really is scripture-true teachings of God given to his prophets for our benefit. It has not always been easy. I have chosen to be totally committed to serving and trying to became a disciple of Jesus, which sometimes means growing in ways unforeseen and even unwanted. Giving up my will in favor of following Christ is a daily test, but the blessings are remarkable when I'm successful.

How I live my faith

The most important place for living my faith is in my home, as it effects my relationship with my wife and my children. In the church, I have spent many years working with the youth. We'd meet twice a week, once on Sunday and once on a week night for activities. We would try to get out once a month for hiking and camping and spend at least one week each summer doing something really big: whitewater, 50 miler backpacking, etc... Lately, I work more with adults then young people. They are not always as fun, but training leaders and doing organizational work for multiple congregations has also taught me a lot about myself and others. The greatest benefit of my my faith is having greater purpose in my work and my relationship with others. There are still difficult times-times of struggle and frustration, but my faith helps me through it. I feel that it has allowed me to have rich relationships with family members and friends.