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Hi I'm Duane

I'm a writer, a performer, a guitar player, an organic gardener, husband, father and grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had a great time playing high school basketball and played for a year at a division one university before other interests took my time and energies. Those other interests included performing in a music and comedy trio. After graduation from college my profession was traveling and performing with my two friends. We recorded on Capitol Records in Hollywood and performed in concert throughout the Unites States and in some foreign countries. I have performed in 49 states, still waiting for an invitation from North Dakota. I am also a writer of radio and television scripts, a book, and self improvement essays. For 14 years I was a writer of “The Spoken Word” and other materials for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Following my years in the entertainment industry, I became a university administrator. I am retired, and spend much of my time writing, and in businesses with our children including music and comedy shows, organic gardening and grass fed beef and chickens. My first wife, the mother of our 15 children (10 sons, five daughters) died of cancer. I was then privileged to marry another wonderful woman.

Why I am a Mormon

I have studied, and continue to study the doctrines of this Church and compare them with other philosophies and religions. I have fasted, prayed and asked my Heavenly Father if this is his true Church. He has confirmed to me by his Spirit that it is. I continue to get this confirmation as study, pray and serve others. I love the basic tenets of the Church. These principles include: that God is the literal spiritual father of every person, and that his work and glory is to help us become as he is; that we lived with our Heavenly Father in a life before this one, and if we are worthy we will live with him again after we die; that families can be together forever if we keep God’s commandments; that Jesus Christ will atone for my sins if I repent of them, accept him as my savior, and follow his teachings. Like every other person, I make mistakes, but if I do my best, Jesus will apply his saving grace to my efforts, and through his atonement I can become worthy to live with Him and with my Father in Heaven. For as long as I can remember I have been motivated by concepts of personal improvement. This Church offers the greatest opportunities for growth, improvement and service to others that I have ever found.

How I live my faith

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the ministering, administration, and teaching work are all done by the members without pay. I have served as a bishop (minister over a congregation) and in various other offices in the Church. All my adult life I have had one or more “callings” in the Church. This is typical of active members of the Church. As an unmarried young man 21 years old I served two and a half years as a missionary in the Tonga Islands teaching the gospel as we believe it to others, and helping to administer the organizations of the Church. Fifty years later following my retirement, my wife and I served in similar capacities in the Caribbean Islands. I give ten percent of my income to the Church. I also fast one day each month and contribute the money I save from not eating plus additional contributions to assist the poor. I give time and financial assistance to the Church to help those who need money, education, or relief from natural and other disasters. These contributions again are typical of active members of the church. I served our city as president and then chairman of "America's Freedom Festival," a week-long Independence Day celebration and encouragement of freedom for all people

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Duane
My perspective I don't know what is in other people's minds. From my perspective, they are either misinformed or deliberately trying to misinform and prejudice others. I have no disposition to argue religion or criticize my friends and others who belong to other churches or to no church. But if you would like to discuss the things I have written here, I would be happy to correspond with you. My email address is duanehiatt@Google.com. Show more Show less