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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in Seattle, Washington, I am a convert of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four children and married to the love of my life for 28 years. I love to workout, go hiking in the beautiful Northwest and travel to new places. I love wildlife and the outdoors and beautiful sunsets. I feel a closeness to the ocean and love to walk along the beach and smell the refreshing salt air. In contrast, I grew up in the city and enjoy the hustle and bustle, ethnic foods, and learning about new customs and cultures. I am a human resources professional and enjoy helping people reach their highest potential. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone reach new heights of achievement and success.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was not overtly religious. My father was raised an Irish Catholic but never outwardly identified with the religion and when we asked him what religion we were he said Protestant. We went to church on Easter and Christmas a few times in my youth. My father died when I was 10 years old which left me lost and devastated. My grandfather filled the void as best as he could but he died two years later. At this point I was left without a male role model and although my dear mother and grandmother did their very best to raise me, life was difficult. At the age of 16 I moved in with my grandmother which was a great decision. Although she never attended church she identified herself as a Christian and was the most saintly women I ever knew. So I found myself in high school as a senior, captain of the football team but empty inside. I was not happy. Once day I noticed a young man, a freshman, in my Aircraft Maintenance class who was quiet but very mature. Someone told me he was a Mormon. He also had two sisters at the school who stood out as people who lived their religion. Once day I asked my classmate for some information about his church. A few weeks later he gave me a pamphlet entitled, "What Mormons think of Christ." A month or two later he invited me to a dance at the church, I went and had a great time. It wasn't until two years later that I saw my friend in downtown Seattle around Christmas time as a glanced in a restaurant. We talk for 3 hours that night at his house about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I met with the missionaries right away. I accepted their challenge to read the Book of Mormon and to ask God if it was true. Two weeks later I was sitting in my grandmother's rocking chair reading the Book of Mormon when the spirit whispered, "This book is true, you need to be baptized! I was baptized on December 28, 1978 and have never been happier! I love serving my Savior and look forward with joy to his return to the earth!

How I live my faith

I have served primarily the youth of the church. I have served in the scouting and young men's organization for the last 25 years. It has always amazed me to witness what young people can do when taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’ve watched kids from every socio economic background with every challenge you find in any family whether both parents are in the home, single parent, or blended families. As they obeyed the commandments and followed the prophet, they showed me that anything is possible, that miracles can and do occur, and that the future is bright. Every time the youth leaders moved on to missions or college I always watched with amazement the next generation of leaders assume the mantle of leadership. This cycle continues today! Our young women of the church are beautiful, virtuous daughters of God. They are the picture of beauty and grace and they hold the young men accountable for living up to their potential! They provide ample motivation for the young men to live the standards of the gospel and to stay true to the faith!