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Hi I'm Don

I was born and raised in Northern California. I spent my life working in the Redwood Lumber Industry.

About Me

I am a reader of history and biographies. I am a Father of two sons and the Grandfather of two girls and four boys. I am retired. I spent my working life in the Lumber Industry. Family History, Genealogy and Walking are my hobbies. I have been married to the same lovely girl for 46 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a young Father and my oldest son had turned 8 years of age. My wife had previously converted to the LDS Church when a teenager but was not attending regularly. When my son expressed an interest in attending a Church she took him to the local Ward. He was 8 so after a short time he wanted to be Baptized. He asked me to attend his Baptism. I did and after the Baptism he and the family were taken into the Chapel and some men gathered around him as he sat in a chair and rested their hands upon his head and confirmed him a member of the Church. They then "gave" him the Holy Ghost. At that instant, I, who was sitting on a pew a few feet away, was overcome with joy and warmth and emotion. I had no understanding as to what this was but recognized I had had a spiritual experience of great magnitude. Tears ran freely down my cheeks. At the time I was a non believer in any religion and had no use or desire for any religion. THIS moment changed my life. I for the first time ever, knew there was something else. I KNEW it! From this experience at my son's Baptism, I asked for and received the Missionary Lessons and read the Book of Mormon and was Baptized in a few short months and one year later was privileged to take my wife and children to the House of the Lord (Temple) and be Sealed for time and all eternity!

How I live my faith

I go to Church every Sunday and and partake of the Sacrament and attend my Sunday Church Meetings and try to keep the Sabbath Day holy by not shopping or engaging in worldly activities on that day. I am active in my Church through service to others and visit individuals and families to help them with their needs. I read the Scriptures daily and pray morning and evening for guidance and direction and give thanks for all I have. I repent of my weaknesses and ask forgiveness. I have had many callings in the Church from teaching the Youth and being a Scout Leader to teaching Adults and being a leader. We also go to the closest Temple once a week and do work there. I engage regularly in Family Prayer with my spouse and a granddaughter, who lives with us.