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Hi I'm Douglas

I'm a Mormon; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My faith is a solid compass I can follow with peace and assurance.

About Me

I've been involved with operations and process improvement during my career, including TPM (Total Preventive Maintenance), Quick Change (known as Single Minute Exchange of Dies or SMED), TQM (Total Quality Management - Crosby System), Quantitative Methods, Formal RCA, Fault Tree Analysis and Six Sigma methodologies. I am experienced in Team Management including Coaching for Results, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Situational Leadership and Development, etc. I love working with others. I worked as an operator on the production floor working myself through college as a non-traditional, re-entry student (I had a family and worked full time while pursuing my degree.) I received a BS in Production Management with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods and minors in Cost Accounting, Statistics and Food Science. I am the author of a book: The Only BAD MISTAKE You Make Is The One You Never Learn From: Lessons From The Battle Front (ISBN 0-9712680-5-3). I am engaged in another writing project with a third in the pipeline. I'm also a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and active in Toastmasters International and am currently working on the TM Accredited Speaker (AS) designation. I love spending time with my wife, and my son who is currently away attending college. Our family loves to travel together and experience new places and things, particularly in the U.S. Being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not what we do on Sunday, but rather who we are.

Why I am a Mormon

The doctrine of The Plan of Salvation, as revealed in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, answers many questions that are difficult for other theologies to answer, and even sometimes grasp. Questions such as, "Why would a just God allow so many of his children who have not heard the gospel to perish eternally?" (He does not.) "If marriage and family are so important, as expressed by other religions, why do we not exist as families in the eternities?" (We can.) "How can a just God allow for such terrible things to happen in the world? (Understanding this is key to a sense of personal peace.) I've a colleague who experienced a still birth and was very concerned that her spiritual adviser instructed her that the child would be "damned" and unable to attain salvation. She maintains the belief that such doctrine is incorrect and that there is something more to expect from a truly just God. She is correct. The Plan of Salvation, as revealed in the scriptures, provides answers to these and many other difficult questions that are often asked of others and not answered satisfactorily. I take great personal comfort in the knowledge of The Plan of Salvation and the answers it provides me. It helps me realize that my Heavenly Father loves and cares for all his children and as such has provided an opportunity for all, both living now and those who have lived before, to hear his gospel; that families can in fact, live together forever if they choose; that there truly is meaning for all in the tragedies of the world; and finally, that my colleague's lost child is loved and cared for by Him, and WILL NOT BE LOST.

How I live my faith

1. Daily journal entry allows me to reflect on my personal progress and the blessings the Lord has provided. I discuss and ponder my righteous desires, evaluating as to whether they are truly righteous or selfish in nature. 2. Daily scripture study: The only way to really get to know someone is to learn about them. With our friends and colleagues, we engage in social and personal conversation. With our families, these conversations have deeper meaning and intimacy. Of our forebears we learn about them and their character by reading of them, studying about them and getting to know them through their writings, such as in the case of my country's founders. We do the same regarding Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ by reading and studying the words they revealed in the scriptures. 3. Daily personal prayer is the conversation I have with my Heavenly Father. And like my earthly father, sometimes the conversations are strained because of my own weakness and self-interest. Other times they are richly rewarding experiences. I strive for the latter. 4. Service: I render service in many different ways, doing it because it feels right and good to lend myself to the needs of others of Heavenly Father's children. I serve in the clergy of a young single adult (YSA) congregation at Purdue University and find it richly fulfilling to provide leadership and guidance to so many whose minds thirst for knowledge. I am responsible for five young men and visit with them at least once each month to provide them with spiritual sustenance and help them with any temporal needs they may have. Finally, I look for opportunities to serve others in my workplace or even random individuals I don't know. There is always opportunity to lift the burden of another. King Benjamin said, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17) This is how I live my faith. It is reflected in my attitude and my relationships with my family and others.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Douglas
Some see God as the thundering God of the Old Testament. Others see God as benevolent, kind and compassionate as exemplified by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. We have much written about the nature of God, both in Traditional scripture and Modern scripture. It is good to study about God. But to gain a true understanding one is required to approach Him in humility and ask that He reveal his nature to us on a personal level. By doing so, one can come to learn that all the scriptures say about him, in their entire context, is true. To help understand his nature, it helps to understand that he is not just God, but quite literally, our Father in Heaven. This knowledge comes also through personal prayer. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Douglas
The Priesthood, is quite literally, the authority to act in God's name. Before he went off to college, I gave my son a Father's blessing, not unlike Israel of the Old Testament to his sons. It was a great comfort to me that I could bless him with the faculties required of him to be successful in the pursuit of his higher education. Quite often, Latter Day Saint fathers use their Priesthood (where they have been appropriately been ordained to do so) to give blessings to family members and others. On another occasion, the family in a congregation I belonged to called me in the middle of the night. The husband suffered from severe internal bleeding, was being moved to emergency surgery, and his life was in imminent danger. I arrived at the hospital and the family plead with the attending physicians that they be granted 5 minutes of privacy before moving their husband and father to surgery. After a time, the physicians grudgingly relented. A blessing by the power of the Priesthood was given, which I personally administered. The man to whom I had attended was wheeled away and I returned home. The next morning I received a call from a family member. The physicians, during the surgery, had found the bleeding to have subsided, for no reason apparent to them. They closed the breach from which the hemorrhaging issued. Although weak, the father of that family returned to fairly normal activity a short time thereafter. I have a solemn testimony as to the power of the Priesthood. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Douglas
This is one of the finest ways to render service to others. When you are paid, can it truly be called service? When you volunteer, you willingly give of your time, talent and other resources to bless the lives of others of Heavenly Father's children. I find deep and abiding satisfaction in this. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Douglas
I was once involved in an outdoors experiential training course where the entire group had to climb up a smooth vertical wall, to get to a platform behind the wall. To me, this is an excellent metaphor for grace. First, no one could get up by themselves. Second, all but the last person needed a boost. Third, the last person had to make an effort to reach the others on the platform, before anyone of them could help that last individual up on the platform. If we truly believe in what our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ say to us, we cannot sit idly by and think we can live in our sin and expect their grace to abide in us. This type behavior is consistent with the Jews of Jesus' day, for which he clearly condemned them. If we believe in the Savior, we will do his will. Will our works, in and of themselves, grant us entrance into His kingdom? Absolutely not. But our effort to obey God's commandments shows our faith in what he says. It demonstrates that we believe that he will do what he says, and all Christians agree that in order for His Atonement to take affect in our lives, we must believe on him. If anyone climbing the wall I mentioned above said they believed they could get over the wall and on the platform, but did nothing but sit on the ground and wait, how evident would have been their belief? The Savior asks that we show our belief in Him as well. The rewards are of significantly greater importance and benefit to us and our families. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Douglas
Faith in Jesus Christ helps us to understand that we each have our own agency, our freedom to choose. I have little or no influence in the agency of others. To spend all my time trying to make myself happy by trying to influence their behaviors and choices is not consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles. Given this knowledge, I focus on trying to exercise my own agency, by NOT reacting, but rather being PRO-active. This allows me be an example and to have influence on those who are also seeking to focus on their own agency. When you consider this approach, you find that it is selfless and bound in charity, as taught by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament, and the prophet Moroni in the Book of Mormon. This is not to say that I am perfect. I am far from it. But it provides the compass that directs my personal behaviors in nearly every situation with which I am faced. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Douglas
I love my family. I cannot imagine a heaven where something that can be so enjoyed on earth, will not be bound in eternity. Especially when the scriptures tell us that family is ordained of God. However, because the family can be bound in eternity, that makes the family so much more important to nurture and preserve on earth. That is why family is important to me, personally. I am deeply in love with my wife, for good and for bad. We have learned much together in our marriage and it is largely because of her that I have grown into the man I am now. We have learned that it is through struggling through our challenges together, that we grow in our love and the strength of our relationship. This is not consistent with how the world generally defines love and commitment. I love my son as well, and am immensely proud of him and his progress and development. How could a God who loves me, allow us to exist in the eternities, but not as the family we are here on earth? The thought to me, makes reason stare. The scriptures and modern revelation provide us assurance on this point. Show more Show less