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Hi I'm Don

Four generations of my family have lived in Arizona. I teach in a public school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of six children. I enjoy cooking, hiking and being outdoors. One of my favorite experiences has been to work with leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. I enjoy reading and studying, as well. I served a mission for the Church for two years in the Japan Nagoya Mission. With two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree, I have twenty-plus years experience as a public school educator. I am currently the principal of the Quemado- Datil (NM) school district.

Why I am a Mormon

Everything that is good in my life has come to me because of my membership in the Church. Although one could say I was "born into" the Church, my testimony of the truth of it came to me my first year of college. In my community growing up, I was in the religious minority. When I went to college, I made a decision to attend church meetings. I met some wonderful friends and realized they were all truly happy. I wanted to be like them. Their influence helped me to decide to serve a two-year mission for the Church. Serving a mission is two years of immersion in a lifestyle of serving the Savior by serving others. As I studied more about the gospel, my testimony became even stronger. Decisions I made as a missionary about how I wanted to live my life after my mission led me to my wife. She has been an example to me of faithful obedience to Heavenly Father's commandments, and she is an anchor in my life. Family life has taught me more about how our Heavenly Father loves us and that He wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

My faith is both a private and a public matter. Privately, I live my faith by studying the scriptures and praying for guidance, peace, strength, and spiritual power in my life. These activities are periodically coupled with fasting, and they have served to help me know that Heavenly Father lives, that He loves us, and that He hears and answers prayers. I also have come to know of my need for a Savior, and of the reality of Jesus Christ's life, ministry, and sacrifice in my behalf. The private observation of my faith also includes the keeping of covenants I have made with God to be obedient to His will in my life as I understand it. Publicly, I live my faith by trying to be a good husband and father. I try to be an example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Honesty and integrity are very important to me. I have been involved in the leadership of the Church at the local level. I have been a youth leader and a home teacher (one who visits and helps others in our congregation with spiritual and temporal needs). I have helped organize and implement Boy Scout leader trainings and community preparedness fairs. I have also been informally involved in missionary work in the time since my mission. As an educator, I cannot teach about my beliefs at school, but I try to be a good example to youth of honesty, of integrity, and of living a life of service. I hope that others will see me as a happy person, living a fulfilled life, and that they will see that it is possible for them as well.