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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in Utah and served a mission in France and Switzerland. I'm a newspaper publisher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been in the newspaper business virtually my whole career. It has been a fascinating and challenging career. At its best, the media can be a source of truth and enlightenment, promoting understanding and bringing communities closer together. At its worst, media can be intrusive and divisive. I have seen both sides, but have concluded that, even with all its flaws, the media plays an important role in protecting our freedoms and holding government accountable. In my spare time I like to travel, paint (mostly water colors and oils) hike, jog and mountain bike. I love being out-of-doors. I spent two years of my life serving as a missionary in France and the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Today, almost four decades since my service there, I remain fascinated by the French language and culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church all my life. May ancestors made great sacrifices for their beliefs in the early days of the Church. Some were part of the handcart companies that crossed the American plains to come to Utah. That same sense of conviction of the truthfulness of the Mormon message that motivated them then, motivates me today. My wife, Karen, and I have seven children, all grown and married. We have 21 grandchildren who brighten our lives. We could not imagine having raised our children without the gospel of Jesus Christ and modern-day prophets and apostles to provide guidance and strength and encouragement. The standards of the Church have been both an anchor and a beacon. As a family, we have avoided many of the pitfalls and heartaches of life by adhering to those standards.

How I live my faith

My religion guides every aspect of my life. It teaches me to cherish my moral agency and allow others to exercise theirs. It makes me want to be a better husband and father and a more involved citizen. It teaches me that I am an eternal being with great potential and that I need to seek to fulfill my purpose here in this chapter of my eternal journey. And it reminds me that, if I am a child of my Father in Heaven, so are those around me and that I should treat them as my brothers and sisters. I often fall short, but I sincerely aspire to that standard. I have spent much of my church service working with youth, particularly young men of scouting age and have come to know first-hand how important it is for young men to become acquainted with scouting skills.