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Hi I'm Don

I'm a 40-year-old father of six. I love the outdoors, my kids, my wife, and most of all, the Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a suburban town in Arizona. I am deeply and eternally in love with my beautiful wife. We have six children; four boys and two girls. My wife is the joy of my life. Her smiles and laughter mean everything to me. Our children give us purpose and help us learn new things about how life works and how God the Father works his miracles and tender mercies to help us find joy in this life. I am currently enrolled in a graduate psychology program in Tennessee where I am working toward a license in marriage and family therapy. I love learning about families and all of their moving parts. There is nothing ordinary about any family. There is far too much of divorce and family decay. I hope with all my heart to make a difference some day in the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. But even those who are spoon-fed the gospel have to develop their own testimony some day. For me it was during my senior year in high school. I had a sacred experience that revealed the patient, enduring love of God the Father. I have become convinced through subsequent experiences that God will always be there for me and all of His children. The gospel as taught by the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirms that belief and gives me hope in a spectacular future. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ I am saved. Through the restored Priesthood I have been sealed for eternity to my beautiful wife and children. Perhaps my strongest testimony lies in the story of the answer to a 14-year-old boy's prayer. Joseph Smith believed the Holy Bible completely. So when he read the Apostle James' promise that if any man lacked wisdom, if he asked God with unwavering faith, that wisdom he sought would be given to him. (General Epistle of James 1:5,6) To Joseph the solution was simple in light of what he had read. Soon thereafter, Joseph found a place he could be alone and knelt in prayer innocently pleading for direction as to which of the current religions he should join. He fully expected the wisdom he'd read about in the Bible ... however, I do not think he expected the answer to come the way it did. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ visited Joseph Smith that day. I have come to know the truth of this through intense prayer, fasting and by the power of the Holy Ghost. I can no more deny that truth than I can my own name. It is as real to me now as my skin and the air I breathe. That same scripture in James still applies now to all of us. We all have the privilege discovering truth by this same method. Please get on your knees and ask for yourself, don't rely on anyone else's testimony, only let us pique your curiosity and then ask God for yourself and you can know as I do.

How I live my faith

I am a counselor to the president of our Elder's Quorum in the Murfreesboro ward in Murfreesboro, TN. I equate my responsibilities to those of an adult men's minister. I have a deep respect and love for the men I serve and count myself blessed to stand in their midst. I have learned through the teachings of the LDS Church that love grows through service. I try to serve others in the community by lending a helping hand, extending a sincere hand of friendship, or simply smiling as we pass by. I am not perfect but I have learned to view others more consistently through God's eyes. From his perspective we are all important. We are all worthy of love and understanding. Perhaps my greatest healing came from applying that same knowledge to how I view myself. God knows my feelings and thoughts and loves me anyway. There are no secrets between me and Him. I continue seek deeper communion with God and Jesus Christ through continued service and sacrifice. As I continue to do so, I feel more and more at peace about my own direction in life and the difficulties my wife and I experience. When everything is brought into perspective, life's trials become easier to bear.