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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Navy Vet, Master of Business Administration, management professional and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the sunny state of Arizona in the United States and have for the past 15 years. I was born and raised in Maine, a beautiful place with green summers, colorful autumns, white winters and wet springs. I love the 360 days a year of sunny, warm weather in Arizona and live here because the weather is so nice. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled throughout the United States, with North Dakota being the only state I have not yet visited. While serving the US Navy as a Diver I was also able to visit Guam, Chuuk, and the Philippians. I have also been to Canada and Mexico with hopes of someday traveling to Europe and Australia. I enjoy games, puzzles, landscaping and wresting. While I don't get to wrestle much anymore, there was a time while in the Navy that I was able to compete in an amateur league and fared quite well. I earned my degrees as an adult so I was not able to wrestl in college but maybe someday I can find the time to take it up again. These days I mostly work, spend time with my wife and four children and try to be better than I was the day before. I have worked in several industries like construction, manufacturing and marketing and in various positions from laborer to equipment operator to Vice President of Operation and other management roles.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. Baptized at 8 years old, ordained a Deacon at 12, went to church every week and seminary throughout high school. In my teens, I had a tendency to be a bit rebellious. After I joined the Navy, church was not a priority but I often found myself torn between what I had been taught as a child and the life I was living. I had to decide if I was truly a Mormon or not. If I was, I needed to act it; if not, I should disassociate myself from the church. How to decide? In my youth I had always been taught that one could know the truthfulness of the church by reading the Book of Mormon and by praying to know if it was true. So, I put it to the test. That was back in 1992. Now, 19 years later, I can still recall the sweet peace that filled my being as I read in Mosiah, Third Nephi and Ether. The more I read, the more I desired to read. The further I made it through this book the more I realized it truly was a piece of scripture. I gained a testimony that the Book of Mormon was a true book of scripture; that it truly did testify of Jesus Christ. It is said that a man can come closer to God through abiding the principles contained in the Book of Mormon, I can testify that not only is this true but also by just regularly reading this wonderful book, one will become a better person and grow closer to God. I have now been active for nearly 20 years and have enjoyed the tremendous blessings the gospel brings into my life. I have put other principles to the test in similar fashion; study, action and prayer. I now have a strong testimony of most principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know the church and its teachings to be true. I know God Lives. I know He loves me and desires me to be happy not only in this life but also in the life to come. The Book of Mormon is true and with the Bible and other books of scripture one can draw closer to God on a daily basis.

How I live my faith

It is the everyday things that help me live my faith. I pray, by myself, with my wife and with my family, in the morning, in the evening and at meals. I read my scriptures by myself and as part of family scripture study on a daily basis. I, with my family, attend church every week, even while on vacation, we try to find a church service to attend. Family Home evenings held weekly, family counsels held monthly, a monthly fast for more guidance and inspiration, attending the temple and the service in my church callings. My favorite part is the added ability to provide service to others. There are countless opportunities that arise, some because of friendships that are formed, others due to my calling as a Home Teacher, others through being a Priesthood holder and still others as a good Christian. As a Home Teacher, I get to visit with a few families each month, take a spiritual message into their home and get to know them. This calling often leads into strong bonds of friendship, such that I do not view it as a calling but more of friends getting together. I cherish the times these friends ask me for or accept my offer to help. The most satisfying is when I am asked to help in a Priesthood blessing. The sweet spirit that settles in during this time buoys me up and helps me strive harder to be better. I love the fact that everything can be prayed about and I can receive answers to my prayers. I do not follow blindly, I listen to what is being said or asked of us; then I decide if I can accept it as truth. If I can, I do so; if not, I pray about it and ask my Father in Heaven to help me know of its truthfulness. I generally receive my answers in the affirmative and rather quickly. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not for perfect people but for people wanting to become more like Christ. It is for those striving to live better lives and improve the lives of those around them. My measure of success is not am I perfect, but am I better than I was yesterday.