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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and feel lucky to be raising my family here. I have a wonderful wife and three great sons.

About Me

My most important and most rewarding job is being a dad and husband. I have three wonderful sons and a beautiful and intelligent wife. I spent 13 years in my law practice, mostly handling commercial real estate transactions, with a smattering of bankruptcy practice. But then I launched an internet retail company with my brother, and now I'm working for my own company. I love boating, hiking, gardening, and playing Age of Empires with my sons. We spend as much time as we can together, and when the boys want to do something fun, they usually invite their friends over to our house. This week, two of my sons put together a special dinner and movie night for my older son, his friends, and their dates. They all had dinner inside and then went outside and watched "What About Bob" on our big screen TV, which consists of a projector, laptop, and the side of the garage. I really get into politics. I'm very conservative, and I love having political discussions and debates with other people, especially via e-mail. I also love studying the scriptures. For the last several months, I've been reading a chapter a day in the Old Testament, and I've been loving it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe the Book of Mormon is true and because I believe the LDS Church teaches the truth about Jesus Christ, the meaning of life, and what God intends for us after this life. I have a personal relationship with Christ, and I know he cares about me and approves my activity in the Church. I've watched his love being manifested in the lives of His children, in and out of the LDS Church, and I just know this is really His Church.

How I live my faith

I guess the biggest part of living my faith is service to others. Being active in the Church means I often have meetings, service projects, or other demands on my time, and sometimes it's hard to go off to help somebody else when I would rather stay with my own kids. But then I think back on how I watched my own father serve others in the Church, and I realize that one of the biggest reasons I have so many blessings with my own family come from the fact that I serve others. I try not to impose my faith or values on others, but I am also honest and open about what I believe. I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, and I believe that His church was lost after he died. It had to be restored through a prophet, and that's what happened when the Lord revealed himself to Joseph Smith and taught him the original gospel. I have served in several different callings in the Church. When I was 16, I was called to lead our ward choir. I served as a missionary for two years in France, and ever since then I have been serving in one capacity another, as scoutmaster, seminary teacher, bishop, and now as stake clerk. Each time I receive a new calling, I grow in that calling, and I think that's one of the important things about the Church--we get to stretch for our entire lives.