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Hi I'm Don

I started flying airplanes when I was 13, and I flew fighters, bombers and passenger planes. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Mexico City. My Father was American, and my Mother was German. I started flying when I was 13, and eventually came to the United States and joined the Air Force. I went through pilot training, received my commission, and was assigned to fly fighters, then bombers, and transport airplanes. When I got out of the Air Force, I worked for an aircraft manufacturing company as a Regional Service Manager servicing distributors and dealers west of the Rockies, from Alaska to Mexico. Then I was hired by a major airline. I flew Boeing 737's, 727's, and 747's. I retired as a 747 Captain.

Why I am a Mormon

When I went through pilot training, there was a cadet who stood out in every area. He was a very special individual. I asked another cadet if he knew what made Phil so special. he said, "Phil is a Mormon." I asked, "what is a Mormon?" The other cadet said "I'll tell some time." I made it a point to get to know Phil, and we became good friends. He didn't tell me much about his religion, but he was an example to me and the other cadets. We finished our training and were assigned to different bases. Years later, when I was working as Service Manager, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints knocked on my door. I was living in San Francisco, California. They asked me if they could come in to tell me about their Church. I told them, that I was curious because of my friend in the Air Force, and I did want to know what made him so special. However, I told them that it could be a waste of time for them, because I had just joined the Baptist Church, and I wasn't going to be changing religions every six months. They didn't mind. We started the first of six discussions. At the end of each discussion they would leave pamphlets, which I didn't have time to read because of my busy schedule, but after the third discussion, they gave a copy of the Book of Mormon. I took it with me during my business trips, and changed my routine at the end of each day. Normally I would have dinner, make my plans for the following day, watch the news and go to bed. I skipped the news and started reading the Book of Mormon. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was reading a divine scripture. During the fourth discussion the missionaries asked me if I wanted to be baptized. I surprised them and myself too when I said "Yes!" It has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life

How I live my faith

In our church there are programs that make it possible for us to help each other. For example, we are assigned several families to visit each month. The visitors are called Home Teachers. My wife and I "Home teach" five families. As we get to know these families, our association with them progresses from something that we do out of duty, to a loving relationship. As Home Teachers we represent the Lord, the Bishop, and our Group Leaders. We support and serve all the members of each family. We nurture the friendship and respect of these members, showing genuine concern and love for them. Home Teachers are the Church's first source of help to members. They consult with the head of the household about the family's needs and the ways to be most helpful. I live my faith by trying to an effective Home Teacher