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Hi I'm Donnie

Born in Utah, grew up in Arizona, lived in Mongolia and later in Mexico. I am studying Computer Science in college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of 2 beautiful girls. I'm working full-time as a regional director of a pet cremation business. I am also going to college full-time. I'm studying computer science. I grew up in Arizona on the border of Mexico. I actually ended up getting married in Mexico and then living there for 3 years. I love the Mexican culture and of course the food. That's not the reason I married my wife, but of course is a benefit. (Smiling). We've been married just 4 years and have had many adventures. One of them being obtaining her permanent resident visa for the United States. It wasn't easy, but was worth it. I also lived in Mongolia for 2 years while serving a mission. Apart from the great spiritual experience that was, I learned a lot about our world. I know very little compared to others but now realize how different our cultures can be but how similar we are as human beings. It's a reassurance to me that we are all children of God, the same God. I don't have a lot of spare time, but when I do I usually get online and surf the Internet. I'm amazed with all the information available. Now what I wish I did in my spare time is to get on a bike and go on a ride, or play basketball. That's what I used to do. Being with my family is the best. We used to live in a desert and living near the mountains now has brought a whole new adventure to our lives. We are learning all the fun things you can do throughout the year. I wouldn't exchange that time for anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a LDS (Mormon) family and was baptized when I was eight. Although I didn't have many friends in the gospel growing up, I made the decision to follow my parents counsel to follow the prophet of our church. I did and have been able to have more joy than I thought I could. I continue being a member of this church because I know its true. I know its true because of its teachings. When I follow the principles I was taught as a child, I feel peace and know that I'm doing the right thing. I learned from my parents the importance of family when I was young. I understand now, that they were teaching me the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many things that I once believed because my parents taught me, I now know to be true because of personal experience. I love the many activities the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers to me and my family. My family and I do as much as we can together and I believe that is one of the most important things we can do in our lives. The testimony I've gained helps me remember who I am and who I want to share my time with. I know Jesus Christ lives and will come again. I know He has a plan for me. I know I can be with my family forever. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the cool things about church on Sunday is the time I get to share with my peers. The last 45 minutes of church, the young adult men meet together to discuss how we can improve our lives. I view it as a 'self-improvement' class. We talk about how we can be better husbands, better fathers, and better men in general. Its not always easy to discuss marital questions or 'manly' questions with those I work with, but at church on Sunday, we all understand we need improvement. I also live my faith by setting aside time every Monday night to talk about gospel principles with my family. With 2 little girls it is not always in a very formal situation. I try to share principles through examples and talking about situations we, as a family, experienced during the past week.