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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, teacher and journalist. I'm a grateful child of a loving Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family is everything to me. Through a "blended family" with my second wife, we have five children and four grandchildren. I love seeing their little faces light up when we share time together and when they learn something new. I am also very interested in my family history and have published a website with information about our ancestors that is used by myself and relatives -- near and far -- to find out more about our family legacy. I spent 30 years as a professional journalist -- primarily as a sports writer -- and loved every minute of it (except sometimes on deadline). Now I am a college journalism professor and I love teaching the craft to young people. I also write and edit content for an Internet training site. I love playing and watching baseball, watching (not playing) hockey and talking about sports. American history is my great passion, particularly the Old West. You might find me in the middle of nowhere, checking out a ghost town; searching through an old cemetery for family names; watching a documentary on the History Channel; or reading a biography about an interesting historical figure. I also enjoy singing, playing piano, and listening to Country and Bluegrass music.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I choose to accept the fullest blessings the Lord has made available to me, and because I know I am commanded to serve others. I was raised in another Christian faith and had a solid knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Bible, but I didn't really begin to comprehend the influence God and Jesus Christ could have in my life until the Mormon missionaries taught me about the Book of Mormon and the LDS Church. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ has always watched over me, even when I wasn't praying to ask him to do so. For years, I did not attend church and rarely read the Bible or prayed. I considered myself a good person, but to me a fulfilling life was covering sports events, going out drinking with my sports writer buddies, and playing ball with my kids. Eventually, my first marriage crumbled, the bills piled up and I felt overwhelmed. That's when the Lord reached out to me in my moment of despair. I met a woman who is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She introduced me to the fullness of the gospel through what I now know for certain to be the true church of God. Listening to the missionaries, witnessing the enriched lives of church members, reading the Book of Mormon and praying for guidance gave me the testimony I needed to join the church. I was baptized in 2001 and have been strengthened in my faith ever since. I'm a Mormon because I have an obligation to serve others and to teach as many people as I can about the gospel. I'm a Mormon because I want to receive eternal life with my family and to return to live with God and Jesus Christ. I have learned that mortal life is only part of an eternal plan, and that I must make the most of this life in order to be granted greater riches later.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Mormon church, I have a "calling," or responsibility I have been given by church leaders. I have had many callings in the last 10 years, including musical director, seminary teacher and leader of a ward priesthood group. Currently, I am a member of the High Council, which is a group of 12 men who assist the leaders of our "stake" -- a group of five wards in our area. As a High Councilor, I help coordinate missionary work in our stake. This is a delight and a privilege because I get to work with the full-time missionaries and other church leaders in talking to others about the Book of Mormon and the doctrine of our church. I have learned that we were put on this earth to look out for each other and develop the faith we need to live eternal life. In my missionary work, I have seen wonderful things happen to people who have converted or returned to our faith. I am committed to the principles of the church, which requires regular church attendance, purity in living, and daily prayer and scripture study. I am no better than any of God's children, but I know I am better than I was, which is exactly what God wants for me.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Doug
Yes, we have always had the Bible, but we haven't always had Apostles living on the earth to carry on God's true church. When Jesus Christ was crucified and all his original Apostles were killed, there was no one left with authority from the Lord to administer His church. That's why so many other churches sprung up and incorrect doctrine was taught. Through a heavenly visitation to young Joseph Smith in the early 1800s, the earth was prepared for a restoration of that authority -- which we call the priesthood. This priesthood was restored by angelic visits to mortals by Jesus Christ and some of the original apostles. This returned the priesthood to earth, and from Joseph Smith's day on, there has been a prophet and apostles on the earth again. This may seem hard to believe when you first hear it. If you doubt this, take the time to listen to the missionaries, read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. That's how you get an answer. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Doug
Yes, Mormons are Christians because we believe in the teaching of Jesus Christ. We agree with the teachings of the Bible. We do, however, believe that additional scripture was left for us by ancient prophets and was revealed through the discovery of records which were translated into the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Doug
Our life definitely does not end when we die. Through God's plan, we are guaranteed eternal life. We determine whether we live that life in God's kingdom or spend eternity in "outer darkness" hell because of our poor choices here on earth. After we die, our spirits go to the spirit world, where we are taught more about the gospel and where we await judgment day. If we live righteously and follow the commandments, when we are resurrected, our earthly bodies will be restored to their most perfect state and we will come before the Lord to be judged according to our mortal works. This will determine what degree of glory we will receive in heaven. Yes, it does matter how hard you try in this life. You can try a little and receive some of the blessings of heaven or you can try a lot and end up even closer to God. If we do not live righteously or commit serious sin for which we do not repent, our soul will be banished to hell for all eternity. So if you're going to live forever anyway, wouldn't you rather it be in heaven than in hell? Show more Show less