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Hi I'm Don

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired college professor. I taught geology and geochemistry for 26 years at two major state universities. After retiring from the academic world, I joined an environmental consulting firm, where I worked for another 15 years or so. Now, more or less fully retired, I enjoy our two grown children and five grandchildren. My wife of 53 years and I enjoy traveling to places around the world, including about 20 countries at last count. I thoroughly enjoyed my career in geology and would choose it again it gave me a chance to see, marvel, and understand the beautiful world in which we live. In addition to travel, I enjoy a hobby of flying radio-control model airplanes. My granddaughter says "Grandpa's hobby is flying and crashing model airplanes." Otherwise, my granddaughter is a very nice person.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born in Utah, most of my family was strongly anti-Mormon. I never fully understood why my family had rejected the Church. It took marriage, children, and about 30 years for me to realize how much I had missed by excluding myself from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As my wife and I began to raise our own two children, I came to realize how important it was to help them develop a faith in our Heavenly Father and to choose a wholesome, constructive way of life. As the years have passed, my own faith has grown and I now have a strong testimony of the life of the Savior and his Atonement, which makes it possible for us to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father if we obey the commandments.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be honest, sincere, and truthful in all of my dealings with my fellow man. I attend my Sunday meetings and try to be faithful in fulfilling my Church callings, including Home Teaching. I feel that Home Teaching is divinely inspired program to strengthen and help those for whom we are given responsibility. I also teach a class in Sunday School.