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Hi I'm Doug

I am a Latter Day Saint, aka a Mormon.

About Me

I have reached the age of RETIREMENT. That apparently doesn't mean retired. I worked in many aspects of the work force, ie: bottom of the totum pole to the top. I served in the labor force on the rigs, in the lumber yard, in gardening and landscaping, in the hardware business, then in middle management in the hardware business and landscaping industry, followed by owning and running my own business for over 30 years in the small engine repair and service, during which time I attended college in Buisness management courses. I am still not fully retired but enjoy serving people who need assistance with their small engine quandries. I spent 4 years in a wheel chair with a sever back injury and another 12 years on crutches and canes during my working career. I continue daily with severe back and lower leg pain but have overcome the devistation of the situation. It isn't the face that hurts so I CAN STILL SMILE.

Why I am a Mormon

A change of Focus: Worldly things vs things that matter. As I spent many hours daily in the persuit of the all mighty dollar and the desire to have THINGS, I soon learned there are much more important things to focus on. During the demanding career of gardening and landscaping I acquired severe back injury which ended that career, As a result of being layed up I was unable to qualify to renew my mortgage and lost my home and property. My second oldest Son (age 14) was injured coming home from school and died after 8 months in the hospital. Trying to get another job from crutches and the wheel chair was not working especially in the deep snow of Alberta Winters. With part of my family in tow, we moved to better weather on the west coast in British Columbia. I attended School with the intent of a career change. Even the no one would hire me in the wheel chair. My focus was still on the dollar. The change came when I was having a hard time dealing with the pain from the back injury. To make a long story short, I received a blessing from two young men (Missionaries) who then offered the testimony of the gospel and the opportunity for me to learn more. As a result my focus was changed from worldly things to the reality of what really matters. Why we are here on earth and where we can excell to if we listen and obey the teachings of our Savior.

How I live my faith

Since I was baptized in 1991, I have had the opportunity to serve 2 missions with my wife and continue to serve in various callings in the church. No greater joy have I found elseware. I have not found nicer people to be around. It is a pleasure to look forward to attending the Sunday meeting even though they make the day a very busy one. I look forward to opportunities to serve others to make thier day go smoother and simplify obsticles that seem insermountable. All I need to remember is that the Savior Loves ME and my time on this earth is but a test to see if I can qualify to return to be with Heavenly Father again. Though the trials and obsticles of this earth can present pain and sorrow, It is only temporary and I still know that a Smile given can produce another in return. A service given can produce another in return. And love given can produce another in return.