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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.I grew up on a farm in Eastern Idaho. My father died when I was twelve. I learned the value of hard work..

About Me

I am semi-retired after a career in the energy business. During that time I was affiliated with companies in railroad transportation, communications, energy, mining, oil transportation,and others. I have a special interest in health care and banking, having spent many years on the Board of a major hospital and having dealt with many banks in my career, including currently serving on the Board of a bank holding company. My hobbies are farming and ranching. I love to go elk hunting with my sons and family members each year. I have six children, including four sons and two daughters. All of my children are married. My wonderful wife and I have twenty grandchildren, ten boys and ten girls. Pretty good planning! Among our wonderful sons we have a doctor, a dentist, and a PHD chemist, so three of our sons are "doctors". Our daughters are every bit their equal. My wife and I grew up in the same area so we have known each other for nearly all of our life and have a wonderful marriage. My wife was a registered nurse and worked to put me through school after our marriage. She did that while I finished my B.S. and MBA degrees. We have lived in Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and of course Colorado. During my career I have always tried to be honest and act with integrity. I concluded long ago that there are things more important than money, worldly success or fame. I love our country and the American way of life and the wonderful opportunities afforded by our nation.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of the The Church of Jesus of Latter-day saints and be actively invloved in its activities because I have received a witness of the truths of it doctrines, including the reality of the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ to include his birth, his life, his doctrines taught in the scriptures including the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. I have a strong witness by the promptings of the Holy Spirit that the Savior atoned for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemene and on the cross. I know that the Savior was resurrected on the third day and lives and directs the His Fathers work among men today. I have a strong spiritual witness that the Savior and God the Eternal Father appeared to Joseph Smith to begin the work of the Restoration of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter-days, as foretold in scripture. My membership in the Church and my personal witness of the truthfulness of the doctrines taught by and the divine authority resident within the the Church are among my most treasured possesions in life. The divine authority of Jesus Christ, bestowed upon living apostles and prophets in the Restoration of the Savior's Church makes possible the continuation of the family beyond this mortal life through the blessings of temple marriage. My wife and I and our children find great comfort in those promises. As someone said, "Heaven would not be Heaven without my wife there by my side." The purposes of life, including where we came from, why we are here upon the earth, and where we are going after this mortal existance are answered within the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored in these latter-days. I am a member of the Church because on a continuing basis the Holy Spirit reaffirms to me that these things are true and of divine origin. I can think of nothing more important in life. Everything that is truly important to me in life relates to my testimony of Jesus Christ, of His Restored Church and my faith .

How I live my faith

As a young man I served for two years as a full time missionary in some of the southern states. I did this in between some of my college years. That was a faith building experience. Since then I have served continuously in many capacities, always responding to the calls from my Church leadership. These include serving three times as the senior (non-paid) ecclesiastical leader of three different congregations of the Church in Colorado and Texas. I also have served twice in the leadership (non-paid) of larger areas which include 8-12 congregations, including one where I was the senior ecclesiastical leader. These have consummed a total of seventeen years thus far. I have also served in leadership of full-time missionaries for over eight years. During all of this time I was employed in my vocation and served the Church on a volunteer basis. I have served in many other ways including assisting in watching over a few families on whom I called every month to see if I could assist them. In most of these instances one of my sons or my wife accompanied me. Service to my fellow men through Church activity has been a great blessing in my life. I have served in my community by serving for thirteen years as a non-paid member of the Board of Directors of a major Not-For-Profit hospital. This hospital is one of the best hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Area and receives much recognition for its excellence. I served as Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. We have assisted in our community by hosting the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration on property we are blessed to own. My wife and I have always been active and supportive of the activities of the Boy Scouts of America, including hosting one of the largest Cub Scout Day camps in the Denver Area Council for the past few years. I believe in the values espoused by the Boy Scouts of America. They are consistent with my faith. I received the Silver Beaver award from the Denver Area Council.