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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently married, almost one year. I am about to finish my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, and am getting ready to start graduate school. In my free-time, I love hiking, playing basketball, and dancing. I also enjoy reading classical literature, joking with friends and family, and discussing ideas including politics and philosophy. Perhaps this love of politics and philosophy is one reason I was on the debate team for three years in high school. I love the exchange of ideas and seeking for find answers to life questions such as the purpose of life and how to treat others, and to more personal questions such as what I felt I should choose as a profession and where to go to college. The more I study the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more it provides answers to both life and personal questions.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Latter-day Saint, Mormon, family and regularly attended church. Throughout my life, I have felt that the things I learned at church and in my own study of the gospel were true and from God. One distinct memory I had was listening to a hymn (song) about the restoration of the church and gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. As I listened, I was impressed by the reality of this restoration. I was sure, and knew, that God had in reality restored His true church to the Earth through Joseph Smith. This impression brought an overwhelming sense of peace and love for God, which I now recognize as fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). A few years later as I was just about to finish high school and trying to decide where to go to college, I chose to pray. Specifically, I wanted to ask God if the Book of Mormon is true and if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church on the Earth. As I knelt in pray by my desk and asked God my question, I felt close to God and felt the similar feelings of peace, joy, love, and certainty that I have felt many times as I read the scriptures and attended church. These wonderful fruits of the Spirit has continued to fill my life with meaning and joy as I attend church and read the words of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church each Sunday, where I partake of the sacrament in remembrance of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This give me time each week for think about my commitment to follow Jesus Christ and his gospel, and to reflect on how I can improve and better follow his example. There is a quiet peace to the church meeting that provide a wonderful environment for me clear my mind from the troubles of the week, and focus on improving myself and my commitment to God. In addition, I live my faith by serving others at church and throughout the week. At church, I associate with people who are genuine friends and care about me and my life. Through this association, I can learn from their experiences and faith. The church also provides way to participate and serve through assignments, or callings. I currently serve as a leader of the Sunday school organization. I help sure that teachers are ready for Sunday school lessons each week, and also help teachers improvement their ability to teach effectively.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I know that the Bible is Holy Scripture and the word of God. I particularly love reading the stories of Jesus and His Apostles in the New Testament. I have learned so much about my Savior Jesus Christ through them, especially how to improve my every day life. In fact, the phases and parables of the Savior often coming to mind when I am thinking to a questions or challenge in life. For instance, I frequently think of the Savior challenge to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). I also love the reassure that God gave Joshua, in the Old Testament, "be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid...for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" (Joshua 1:9). These scriptures empower me to success in my day-to-day efforts. Show more Show less