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Hi I'm Doug

I'm an Art Director and make video games for a living. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I were married 16 years ago in San DIego. We have three kids, and they keep us very busy between Scouting, gymnastics, school events, and especially as they are growing older and are becoming more active in sports. Our weekends during the fall and winter months are spent going to football and basketball games, but during the spring and summer months is our "time off" when our family time is less regulated by trying to make it to games on time. Neither my wife or I are from Washington State, but we've lived here for about 12 years and we love it. There is plenty of outdoor activity, and we enjoy biking, hiking, camping, and just about anything related to the outdoors. I like tacos.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Church, though that doesn't mean I didn't have to make a choice for myself whether to continue in it. After my first year of college, I decided to send in my paperwork to serve a mission. I was called to the Dominican Republic, where I served for two years. It was during my mission that I gained my testimony, and saw through the choices of others that true happiness comes from living the Gospel. I also saw that happiness doesn't depend on the material posessions we have, but on things of a more eternal nature, like faith and family.

How I live my faith

I've worked in the video game industry since I graduated from college. Video games often have a connotation for being violent, anti-social, and mind-numbing. For much of the content available, that negative reputation is well deserved. However, I've been fortunate enough, blessed actually, to be able to work on video games that I enjoy myself and that I am comfortable playing with my kids. Just like movies, TV, or many other forms of entertainment, there is an increasing majority of content which does not uplift or inspire. But I feel it's important to do my best to work on games I am comfortable sharing with my family. We live in a very familiy-friendly community that has a lot of good people, both in and out of our Church. My family and I try to be good examples of our beliefs in our neighborhood and to our friends, building on the beliefs we have in common, and also showing what our faith causes us to do differently. At Church I am very busy as the Elders Quorum President, which is one of our organizations which looks after the fathers and families of our congregation. We spend a lot of time encouraging and visiting members, helping those with spiritual or physical needs, and organizing monthly service projects.