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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a lifetime Mormon but a convert to the gospel of Jesus Christ, just like any believer.

About Me

I'm a husband, father of five, and product manager in a local wireless telecommunications company. I enjoy playing trombone in the local community band with three of my oldest children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and can trace my family heritage back to the early days of the church. My Mormon ancestors participated in some of the most significant events in our church history. But that being said, I still consider myself a convert to the gospel of Jesus Christ. My conversion happened over time and continues day by day. It started with my parents teaching me gospel principles in the home. It continued by attending church as a youth and reinforcing the principles I learned at home. My testimony of the restored gospel grew by reading and studying the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scripture volumes that testify of Jesus Christ, His atonement and resurrection, and the restoration in these latter days of priesthood authority. It became a personal conversion through study, prayer, and pondering. It became a public conversion by serving in Japan for two years as a Mormon missionary and sharing my testimony with the great people of that country. It became shared when I was married to my wife for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls temple. It continues through the service I give to my church and family, and the service I receive from them. I have made the teachings and beliefs of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ my own. They influence all that I think and do. It is who I am. It is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to live my faith daily through service with other great people of other faiths. In the community where I live, I'm a member of the local school district accountability committee and serve on our local high school parent accountability committee. I'm also a Rotarian who believes Service Above Self fits well with how I was raised to give service in church and the community. I love the opportunity I have as a member of that service organization to deliver meals on wheels several times a month to shut-ins. And I love the opportunity I have to serve as a leader for the youth in our local church unit. Serving with them helps me to stay young with all of the activities we participate in.

What is being a Mormon like?

Doug
From my perspective, being a Mormon is not much different from being a member of any other faith. We care about our families, strive to make our communities a better place, and work hard to provide a living. Of course people like to focus on some differences, such as the fact that we don't drink or smoke. But I think my family and I are healthier and happier because we don't do these things. Deeper down, we experience great happiness and joy not only because of our lifestyle, but because we know that we are God's children, that we are here on this earth to experience the consequences of our choices and actions, and that we will return to live with our family and Heavenly Father after life here on this earth. The peace that this knowledge gives can not be underestimated. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Doug
Our family has been greatly blessed through paying tithing. We have been blessed with health and the ability to live within our means. When the budget on paper says we should be broke and yet we're still able to meet our financial obligations without using debt, that's a great blessing. Of course, we don't buy expensive toys, have a big house or drive new cars, but we're still happy. Show more Show less