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Hi I'm Don

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Wyoming, and joined the Church my freshman year in college.

About Me

I have a love for music; I play trumpet in several venues, including community bands and theaters. I also play and teach guitar and enjoy playing for family and friends. I am a banker by profession. I have two grown children, their spouses and two granddaughters. I enjoy kayaking and fly fishing, and love the outdoors. I also enjoy oil painting, and write poems and lyrics.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young person, I had a great deal of interest in history, especially western Americana. Growing up in Wyoming, I had visited the many historic sites, including frontier forts and trails. This, of course, included the Mormon trail. At age 15, something touched me deeply about the plight of the Mormons, and I became interested in researching their church, and Joseph Smith. At age 19, after years of associating with great Latter-day Saint youth in school, I was baptized a member. After one year of membership, I took a break from college and became a full-time missionary for the Church, and assigned to serve in Thailand. It was a wonderful experience. Upon returning, I met my beautiful wife and we married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. That was 32 years ago. I can not imagine life outside of the Church. It is indeed the restored gospel of the Savior, and has lifted me to personal heights I never would have experienced otherwise. Knowing our family is sealed together for eternity, and knowing we have the support and love of like-minded members where ever we may travel, is a great blessing and comfort in these perilous times. The doctrine of the Church has always been, and continues to be, something that just makes sense in this nonsensical world. I know deep in my heart and soul that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and indeed restored the Gospel to its fullness in these, the latter days.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, the Church as an organization is unparalleled in its ability to provide an opportunity for each individual member to grow, both spiritually and temporally. By virtue of a lay-ministry, or in other words having no professional clergy, it gives each member a responsibility to administer to the needs of one another, and the opportunity to grow as each calling to serve comes, and the opportunity to learn how to serve in many different capacities. Outside of the Church, my professional life and the success to lead and work with all types of people is directly linked to the service I learned while accepting callings to serve in the Church. Second of all, what other organization allows one to physically serve on a regular, weekly or daily basis, to the needs of others? Through such inspired programs like Home Teaching and Visit Teaching, each and every single member of the Church is not only assigned to be a representative of the leader of the congregation (Ward), but in turn is assigned the responsibility to visit monthly the homes of one or more families. That way, every member of the Church is watched after, and when in need can have those needs met by the Ward in a quick and efficient manner. I am always thankful to the Lord when given a calling to serve, whether it be as simple as cleaning the building, or in a leadership position with a stewardship of a Ward to take care of. I think this is what the Savior meant when he said, "serve one another."