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Hi I'm Duane

I teach high school business education classes and coach cross country and fast pitch softball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of four boys. I have a beautiful wife of 22 years. We met in college when she invited me to an LDSSA event when I was a less active member of the LDS Church. I have taught high school and coached for nearly 20 years. I enjoy reading mystery novels, collecting baseball cards, woodworking and golfing with my dad, and camping with my family. But mostly I love to spend time with my family. I have gotten much closer to my sons over the last two years as my wife has gone back to college. A lot of this closeness has been due to the Church in our lives. We all make mistakes but we can forgive each other by following the example the Heavenly Fathers and Jesus Christ sets for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Germany when my father was serving his country and was stationed there is the 60's. We moved soon after I was born with several short stints living in Michigan from about age 18 months to 11 and half. We then moved to a small border town in Washington. Within six months of moving there two LDS Missionaries knocked on our door and my mother invited them back to talk to the entire family. About four months later we were baptized. We attended church for several years but then let ourselves get "offended" and stopped going to church. In college, as a freshman, I stopped by the Latter-day Saint Student Association booth during the club fair signed up. I never really did anything with that group for four years, but during that time, they would occasionally stop by and drop off cookies or something special. But I never felt an interest in attending any activities. However, my fifth year of college I had moved into an apartment and when an LDSSA representative called and invited me to a stew and homemade bread dinner, I gladly accepted thinking cool, free food! Little did I know that I would marry that girl that called me on the phone six months later. Oh how I felt when I attended Institute, no drinking or hard partying, just plan old fun being with other LDS students. I never realized how many LDS students there were at our University. I hadn't felt accepted before for just being myself and not having to pretend to be something else. I loved the feelings I was having when I was at Church or with other LDS students. It wasn't until later that I realized what I was feeling was the Spirit. Oh, I had a few minor incidences of inactivity after that, but those were for selfish reasons. When it finally smacked me in the side of the head that the most important things to me were my family, my wife and kids, did I fully commit to living the gospel and was truly converted to Gospel of Jesus Christ. Families can be together forever!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to make my home a refuge from the world for my family. It is a safe place for my sons to come to. To know they are loved, have parents that love them, will care for them, and want only what is best for them. I live my faith by serving in various church callings, these are roles you take on to help your local Ward function as a meeting place for local LDS people. Currently I am a member of the Bishopric. The Bishop is the local leader of an LDS Church. He oversees the spirtual and temporal needs of his Ward. He has two counselors that assist him in these duties. I am one of our Bishop's counselors. It is a tremendous responsibility which we do not take lightly. You really learn to know and love everyone in your Ward by truly serving them. I live my faith by trying to live the commandments and being an example to my family, my friends and those I work with. Living the Gospel can not just be lip service. You have to learn it, live it, and then help others to do the same. It starts by helping your family learn and live the Gospel. This is best done for me by working with my wonderful wife. I live my faith!