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Hi I'm Doug

I enjoy cycling on business trips, climbing mountains with my kids and exploring Europe with my wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy traveling and meeting people. While my father served in the military, we moved many times throughout the U.S. then over to Germany where I spent my teenage years. I now travel internationally as an engineering consultant and value the friends I have from many cultures and religious backgrounds. At home, I enjoy volunteering as a Scout leader and in booster organizations for my kids' school activities: marching band, orchestra, choir and cross country. I am blissfully married to a wonderful woman who likewise shares her time and talents unselfishly. Our family loves outdoor adventures such as cycling, camping, backpacking and climbing Colorado's high-altitude mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

My father committed himself to this church in spite of many childhood challenges. My mother joined the LDS Church after being introduced to it by a high school friend. I admired my parents' dedication and recognized how the Church helped them become great parents. For myself, the Church was a source of consistent direction and support in a life of constant change. While attending college in California I saw friends struggle with life's challenges with no understanding of its overall purpose. As an LDS missionary in New York City I experienced the joy of helping people rebuild their lives on the sure foundation of Christ. It was in the inner city where I internalized Gospel principles and committed to serve Him the rest of my life. Now I rely on our Savior to guide my wife and me as we raise four teenagers in a world of shifting values and opinions. The Church continues to strengthen us through inspired programs implemented by loving friends in our local congregation.

How I live my faith

I know the Spirit guides me to make wise decisions about my work responsibilities and strengthens me beyond my natural ability. I strive to live with integrity and purity so I can be worthy of this divine help at all times. In our church congregation I serve as one of the three ministers who supervise the programs which benefit all families and individuals. In particular, I enjoy working with the children (ages 3 - 11) and the young men (ages 12 - 18). My faith is strengthened as I see regular people strive to follow the Savior by doing His work in His way. As a father, I strive to teach and guide our children in the way I know Heavenly Father nurtures me -- with unconditional love, patience and a firm commitment to true principles -- including accepting responsibility for the natural consequences for our choices. Watching my children make righteous choices and grow as disciples of Christ brings me great joy. As a husband, I know I am more compassionate and supportive because I appreciate the eternal value of the service my wife gives as a mother, sister and daughter. Because I want our relationship to last forever I make the time to keep our marriage strong and to support my wife as she develops her individual talents and interests.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Doug
There is a Star Trek episode in which an immortal being wants to end his life because he has no more opportunity to learn and grow. I cannot accept a view of heaven which confines me to an existence without challenges to overcome, things to learn and people to serve. The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ assures us that eternal life with God will empower us to grow and develop forever as individuals if we willingly commit ourselves to serving our Heavenly Father as resurrected beings purified through the glorious Atonement of Jesus Christ. It also assures us that family relationships developed in this mortal life will sustain us throughout eternity. Show more Show less