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Hi I'm Don

I speak Spanish, I'm a Scoutmaster, an Accounting student, coin collector, Father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in the finance/investment industry, I am currently going to school working toward an accounting degree and hopefully a CPA license. I recently started volunteering as a Scoutmaster for a group of about 10 spanish-speaking boys. I love it a lot! I am also an Eagle Scout myself so it brings back a lot of fun memories. I also love spending time with my children and helping them to learn new things. In my free time I enjoy watching movies. Since I have a family with small children, we rarely go to a theater. We prefer to watch movies at home to be comfortable and save a lot of money. I have been married for 10 years now and the entire time we have supported ourselves on a single income so that my wife could be a full-time mother for our children. Because of this we have learned to live frugally which has helped us avoid unecessary debt. Right now I have 3 young girls and a son to be born in November 2011. My wife is from Paraguay so we primarily speak spanish at home. It is great that my children can grow up being bilingual. I also am an avid coin and currency collector. I specialize in U.S. and Argentinean coins and currency but I love collecting from anywhere around the world. My favorite part of my collection is the majority of my Argentinean collection which was given to me by a friend I met in Goya, Argentina while I served there as a missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ to loving and kind parents. My father was a convert and my mother's side has been in the Church since it was restored and crossed the country with the mormon pioneers. Growing up in the Church I learned many important and valuable lessons which, along with the things taught at home, helped keep me out of many problems. Like most children I relied a lot on what my parents believed, knowing that they would not do anything to harm me or lead me to suffer. When I got to the age of 15 or 16 I really wanted to know for myself if the Church was true and if the Book of Mormon was true. I started to read and pray every night. I read one chapter a day and prayed before and after reading so that I would know if what I was reading was true. I don't remember how long it took, but I do remember the day when I received a definite and unforgettable answer to my prayers. I felt an immense feeling of joy which totally overwhelmed me. I began to shed tears of happiness. My body tingled all over. From that day on my testimony has grown and I have many times over received similar responses to my prayers, confirming and strengthening my testimony. I know that our Heavenly Father hears us and answers our prayers. I know that the Book of Mormon is the true Word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the true Church organized by Jesus Christ, back to the Earth.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings throughout my life, most of them in leadership positions. Until recently, I served in a finance position. Earlier this year I was called to serve as a Scoutmaster. It is one of the most time-consuming duties for those that want to do it well. I was scared at first, but now I love it. This calling was actually an answer to one of my prayers from long ago. About a year or two ago I was wanting to be a mentor of some sort to the youth. I have a lot of experience and knowledge that I could share with them to help steer them toward living a better life. There are many things about personal finance in particular as well as other life lessons that I wished I knew as a young man that I want to teach them. Now I have that opportunity in a larger scale than I had imagined. Along with this calling, school work, other church duties such as visiting and teaching other members, and my full-time job, I have to be sure to make time for my family as well. With the exception of when I take the Scouts on campouts, the the weekends are strictly for family time. We also do our best to be sure to read the scriptures as a family every night and say family prayers. We also always eat dinner together and play family games. It is tough living a life so busy, but I have always been the type of person to not relax much. I like to be constantly doing something. I especially like helping others. My father was the same way. When I see somebody in need, I offer to help. When somebody asks for my help, I can't turn them away. I know Heavenly Father wants us to be willing to serve others. I try to do my best to live the way Jesus taught and do what is right. I want to be a good example to my children as well so that they will know that their father was a good and honest man. I hope that they will learn by experience that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping others brings great blessings and happiness. That is the best legacy I can leave them.

Are Mormons Christians?

Don
Mormons are most definitely Christians. There is probably some confusion because of the word "Mormon". However, the actual name of the church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. He is teh head of our church and guides us through His prophets just as was done in ancient times. We strive to live His teachings and do the things He has commanded us to do. We follow Him and represent Him in all that we do. We use and study from the Bible along with the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Don
Our Heavenly Father loves us very much and wants us to be happy. Part of our happiness is knowing that we are living the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. God does not want us to be confused and unsure of where we are in life. He has promised us that if we seek the truth and ask Him in faith, he will answer us through the power of the Holy Ghost (James 1:5-6). He of course wants us to first do our part by studying it out and make a decision and then ask if our decision is correct. Much like any parent doesn't want to just do everything for their child without the child putting forth some effort of their own. Otherwise, they would never learn anything. With this in mind, if somebody wants to know if what we believe is true, they should investigate it first. Visit one of our church meetings, read from the Book of Mormon, visit with some missionaries and during this process pray. Talk with actual Church members. Many people make the mistake of researching using sources that are against the church and do not provide true information. After investigating, ask Heavenly Father if the things you are learning and hearing are true. Don't expect to hear a voice or see angels, but instead pay attention to how you feel. You will receive a good feeling such as warmth, happiness, joy, peace, etc. These are what are referred to as the "Fruits of the Spirit" mentioned in the New Testament. Do not give up if you don't receive an answer the first time. He will answer you when you are ready for it. Show more Show less