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Hi I'm Duane

I am a gardener of heirloom, Eastern-European tomotoes. I live in Colorado. I smile often. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married. My wife, Teresa, and I have 5 beautiful children. I was raised in Colorado and Teresa in Utah and Idaho. We both served missions for the LDS Church and both received our undergraduate degrees from BYU. I also graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. I work in real estate brokerage/law. I love to exercise, read, spend time with the family and garden -- particularly heirloom, Eastern-European tomatoes (my favorites are Black Krim, Stupice and Ukrainian Pink).

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the LDS Church in New Jersey when I was a year old. My parents came from differing religious backgrounds and, with just starting a family, were searching for a church in which to raise their young family. Additionally, my parents had experienced being raised in dysfunctional families and wanted something better for their child and future children. Upon joining the LDS Church, their lives changed -- in someways, dramatically, and, in other ways, much more subtly. Their marriage was stronger, the family was stronger and their lives more at peace. I had the opportunity to grow up in a great family -- with loving parents who have a wonderful marriage and loving siblings who, to this day, are all very close to each other. I also had the opportunity to view and interact with my extended family who, while good in their own way, did not have the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives -- and it was quite a contrast. Why I'm a Mormon? Because I know it is true -- and I know by the happiness and peace of God that I feel in my life as I live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

By example. I love the quote attributed to St. Francis Assini, "to preach the gospel always and, if necessary, use words." I love gardening and the lessons it teaches. To bring a seed to full maturity, it needs to be nourished and tenderly cared for -- the soil needs to be cultivated, it needs to be watered, it needs sunshine and it needs to be weeded. In much the same way, our lives need "good seeds" -- but good seeds are not enough -- a seed/plant without proper care will shrivel up and die. A good seed needs to be coupled with good nourishing so it can reach its full potential. The Gospel Of Jesus Christ is that seed and, through living the teachings of Jesus Christ, that nourishing. As we plant it within ourselves and consistently nourish it, our lives are richly blessed -- we live the "full and abundant" life.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

To help others to help themselves. There is great personal satisfaction and confidence as one works -- whether in employment, education, service, family, exercise or fun. Concerning employment and finances, members of the Church help others to become self-reliant and to help themselves. Show more Show less