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Hi I'm Donn

I'm a computer nerd and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Master's degree in computer engineer, so I write software for a living and play video games in my free time. I've been happily married for over five years. I sing in a men's choir. I love to read science fiction and sword and sorcery novels.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church, but that is not the reason that I am a Mormon. For the longest time, I was a "bench warmer" in my church, meaning that I attended the meetings and went through the motions, but that I avoided getting overly involved. As I got older, I realized that I was getting close to the time of my "mission", an experience that most 19-year-old men pursue in our church where we go to a foreign location for two years to spread the word. However, I worried that I was unqualified to go, because I wasn't sure if I believed the teachings that I would be sharing. I hadn't even read the Book of Mormon all the way through! So, I started to read and to pray. By coincidence, the youth in my congregation went on an activity to the "Sacred Grove", the location in New York where Joseph Smith first saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. While I was there, I prayed to know that what I had read was true and to know if I should go on a mission. I felt an overwhelming feeling that the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. I have never been so sure of anything in my life. Since then, I have participated in the church in many ways and tried to live the teachings of the church. As I have done so, I have experienced many blessings in my life. Myife has not necessarily been easy, but it has been happy.

How I live my faith

I have several responsibilities in the church. I am the clerk for our congregation, responsible for membership records and finances. I also teach a group of five-year-old children every week with my wife. Finally, my wife and I go to the local Temple with my parents twice a month to serve there in various different capacities. Although I dreaded some of these tasks when I was first asked to do them, they have since become the highlights of my week.