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Hi I'm Doug.

I was raised in Mexico. I'm a father of four, including a child with special needs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small agricultural community in northern Mexico. I am a dual U.S./Mexican citizen and I'm bilingual. My wife and I have four children. One of our children was born with spina bifida. After working in various fields of employment, I returned to college in my 30's to earn a bachelor's degree in Spanish followed by a DDS degree to become a dentist. I have a private pilot's license to fly small airplanes. I love to travel.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because, as I do my best to live the teachings of Jesus Christ, I find that I am consistently more happy, motivated and successful in all areas of my life. I believe this is because our Father in Heaven has a plan for us and that our obedience to His plan results in immediate as well as eternal blessings. My membership in the church allows me to associate with people I look up to as examples of Christ-like love and service and this encourages me to live in such a way that others can also count on me to do what is right. One of the great blessings I receive as a member of this church is the clarity I have gained regarding the purpose of life. I accept this life as a time to learn and to show faith. It is a time to experience disappointments and successes. We are given the trials we need in order to allow us to rise to our challenges and rely on the Lord to help us overcome them. As we do so, we are better suited to help others as they carry similar burdens. I choose to believe that the purpose of our life is to help one another to live as Jesus taught so that we each might live with God after this life is over. I am confident that God lives. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to teach us and show us the way back to His presence. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Throughout history, He has given His authority to prophets who declare His commandments and His Gospel to His children. He has continued to do so in our time and the authority to act in God's name is still found in His Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by a prophet who is authorized to speak in the name of the Lord and reveal to His church His will concerning us. As I do my best to learn and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, I feel that I am becoming the person my Heavenly Father intended for me to become.

How I live my faith

The Church is very vocal about the importance of families in God's plan as well as their potential for having a positive influence on society. One of the programs fostered by the church that we have implemented in our family is called Family Home Evening. We set time aside on Monday evenings to gather as a family to sing, pray and have a short lesson. The lesson generally involves a story from the scriptures that helps to teach a principle that we feel our family can benefit from. The lessons in our home range from "Why it's not OK to bite our brother" to "Staying morally clean in a world of shifting values". I have a formal church assignment with specific responsibility for the wellbeing of several families in our congregation in a program called hometeaching. As home teachers, my son and I meet with each of these families at least monthly to share a prepared message and determine if the family has any needs that require assistance from us or from other members of the congregation. My family also has home teachers who meet with us regularly to share a spiritual thought and who are available to help us with any needs or concerns. In this way we take care of one another in the church. In addition to the time we contribute in church service, our family enjoys organizing and participating in medical and dental humanitarian projects in Mexico, where we helped to build and operate a humanitarian clinic. We find great satisfaction in showing our love and concern for others through service. Some of our most cherished experiences and memories are made while sharing our time and talents to benefit others.