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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in south central Montana. I work for the U.S. Navy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 2+2. My wife had 2 sons when I re-met her. We lived one block away from each other and attended junior high school together, but with two high schools in town the dividing line split us in HS. She started a family early, and I went on to get a degree in Electrical Engineering. Eight years later during a holiday visit my mother told me she was single now and I should go see her. Eight months later we were married and have since added two more boys. She must really love me though since I moved her away from home and family to Washington State where I work for the US Navy and we have been here for 23 years so far. I have recently taken up repairing vintage radios...soon all my family and friends will have a vintage radio to listen to whether they want one or not.

Why I am a Mormon

My parent's were members of the Chruch, so I grew up in the Church. But they divorced when I was young and my father was not active. Not having a strong foundation it was easy to drift away. But when my life started falling into place (Married with children on the way) it was just as easy to return to the Church. The foundation from my youth must have been better than I thought. As my life continues down the path to happiness (teenage children, married children, grandchidren) my testimony of that plan and the architect (our Father in Heaven) is strenghtened. I believe in Jesus Christ. I am thankful for his sacrifice which enables me to gain as much happiness as possible.

How I live my faith

With four boys I have served for a "few" years in the various Boy Scouting organizations. My favorite is helping with the annual Pinewood Derby car races. It is great fun seeing the excitement in the faces of the boys with the fast cars. It has also been a good opportunity to work with the boys whose cars were not the fastest and help them work through the disappointment to still have fun on race day. I have also had the chance to lead the discussions in the Gospel Doctrine study. I am not a scriptorian and when I would have real problems with a topic is was comforting to have someone in the room make a comment that solved the issue. You could feel the Holy Spirit testify in your heart to the truth of the Gospel. Most recently I am working with those investigating the Church and as the Spirit enters their heart it lingers longer with with me. Service in the Church seems like it is always more for the serving than the served.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Doug
To have Joy. Yes we are here to learn about ourselves, but it is supposed to be fun. Not wild time do whatever you want, but learn, grow, and be more than you were when you started. We should realize the earth is a beautiful place and a gift to us. We should want to be apart of creation and continuation of that purpose. Show more Show less