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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in the Inland Northwest, I have traveled the world, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married 12 years, and we have 5 beautiful children whom we cherish. I enjoy life, especially the simple things like eating good food, reading books, and dozing in a warm bed on a cold morning. I am an electrical engineer and have been privileged to travel all over the world for work. I love to learn new and challenging things, especially foreign languages. I relish time with my wife and children - we spend our time working on our land, playing games, and learning together, among other things. We are working diligently to pay off our home mortgage.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith, so as a child and a youth I did not think much about why I was a member of the LDS Church - that's just how it was. That being said, I still believed in the teachings of the Church and lived those teachings. As I have grown from a teenager to the man I am now, I have spent much time analyzing the motives behind my choices in life in an effort to continually improve and achieve the desires that both I have and that Heavenly Father has for me. It always comes back to this - when I live the principles of the Gospel as taught in the Mormon faith, I am blessed in every aspect of my life: physically, mentally, socially, financially, and so on. Obedience to these correct principles and to the commandments of God brings feelings of peace to my heart and mind, which is the most important reason I am a Mormon. No matter what happens in life, I am at peace because I understand the purpose of my life and am fulfilling it. I will be forever grateful for being raised in the Church and being taught the Gospel from a young age. It has blessed me to avoid many of the pitfalls that can come to youth (and adults) who lack eternal direction, standards, and guidance in a morally ambiguous world.

How I live my faith

I strive to daily study the scriptures and pray to our Father in Heaven with my family and by myself. I try to fast (abstain from food and water) once a month, attend the temple monthly, and serve others always. Our family meets once a week to participate in Family Home Evening, a time when we talk about Gospel principles, have treats, play games, sing songs, plan family goals, and so forth. Our family pays tithing (10% of our income) both because it is a commandment and because we want to express gratitude for the innumerable blessings we have, both spiritual and physical. We attend church weekly. Most importantly, I try to emulate the Lord Jesus Christ in all aspects of my life, though I often fall short and have to rely upon His longsuffering and patience with me.