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Hi I'm Duane

I was born and raised in a small town in Arizona. Now I live in the "big city" with my family. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 5 wonderful daughters. I enjoy my job working in a small business providing computer networking to other businesses. It provides a different adventure every day. In my spare time I enjoy camping (when I can get all the girls to go out in the woods).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised by faithful LDS parents. My grandfathers were not members, while my grandmothers both were. My parents have always been great examples of Christians, and the way they live has always been an example to me. After I was married, my wife and I committed to follow the example of our parents and those around us in living the gospel. We have tried to live our lives so our daughters can see the gospel in our lives, and the joy it brings as we follow the Saviors teachings. I am thankful for the scriptures that I can study to find help in my life. With the Bible and Book of Mormon, I can read of Christ's ministry and learn what I should do to be more like Him. I have been blessed in today's world to have a living Prophet and Apostles that give guidance to me and my family. I know that when I follow their counsel my choices will be easier. Life today is hard enough, I am thankful for a Heavenly Father that loves me and looks to give me guidance in all parts of my life. I am thankful for a church that provides opportunities to serve. We have the chance to visit, uplift, serve and minister to our friends, neighbors and family members. That service blesses my life, and also helps teach me to be more like the Savior. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the fulness of the gospel on the earth today. That helps me be a better husband and father and provides comfort that I can return to a loving Heavenly Father one day. It blesses my family and guides us in all we do as we turn to our Heavenly Father and live the life He would have us do.

How I live my faith

Being in the Church has given me many opportunities to serve. There is change all the time, with different people to work with, visit with and give service to. I have had the chance to work for many years with the young men in the Boy Scout program, which is great with no boys of my own. I have had the chance to teach, to learn, to visit the sick, to help with moves, and to help with widows. I provide service helping with computer needs - a way to share my talents with others. And in all ways that I can serve others, I know that I get the most back in blessings from my Heavenly Father.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

One of the first things you learn in life is that life is not fair. At least it doesn't seem fair from our earthly view. Why are some people well off financially, or why are some gifted with talents I don't have? Or why do some struggle with disease, or famine, or results of warfare or abuse? As I have been taught about the plan Heavenly Father has for each of us, I have to put into perspective that life is not always fair - but a loving Heavenly Father will make it fair to each of us in time. And so the requirement to be baptized in order to return to God's kingdom is only fair if everyone gets that opportunity. And through the temple work we perform, we are able to assist those that didn't have the chance in this life. Show more Show less