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Hi I'm Doug

I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, retired from the Boy Scouts, and teach high school social studies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to a wonderful woman for 42 years; have 7 children and 22 grandchildren. I'm a ham radio operator, scuba rescue diver, numismatist, and an Eagle Scout. My college was interrupted a few months after we got married by getting drafted during the Vietnam War. I spent most of the next four years separated from my family. Upon discharge I joined the AZ Air National Guard and went back to college at night receiving my Bachelor’s degree in business 12 ½ years later. I returned to school after 30 years and got my Masters of Education degree in Leadership of Educational Organizations. As a veteran I had a very difficult time re-assimilating back into society because I knew who I was inside and what I could do under pressure, but all the jobs seemed too mundane and unchallenging. The outside world was all about money but I felt I had a greater purpose. I was asked to serve in the Boy Scouts and found myself. I found I love working with kids and feel I can make a difference. I now teach at an alternative high school for troubled teens. It’s rough and tough but I love it. I learned that I may grow old but I refuse to grow up. I’m still a kid at heart too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born at a time when there weren’t a lot of “Mormons” and went all through grade school as the only “Mormon boy” in my classrooms. I began by hitchhiking off my parent’s belief and faith. My mother is a convert joining the Church when she was 16 but I had to find my own way. Though I never doubted my parent’s faith and dedication I did doubt my own. As a teenager I began to question things waking my dad, who is a WWII veteran, up at night to ask him questions and why he was a member. I had a great Church youth leader who was a convert to the Church and I always questioned him. Never once was I ridiculed or belittled for my questions, only encouraged to look and think deeper. Though I was surrounded by friends of other faiths, I found I was beginning to want to serve a mission for the Church but I didn’t want to try to teach something that was false or wrong. I lived the teachings of the Church to prepare to go and constantly prayed for the assurance that what I was doing was right. Expecting and hoping for some miraculous conversion process that never came the way I wanted, I found the answer in one of those still moments alone when the thought came to me, “you already know it’s true just look at the fruits of the tree.” I served my mission in Germany teaching the Gospel and fell in love with a people who, just 20 some odd years before were our sworn enemies. The years have only filled in the gaps in my belief. I have never been disappointed with the Church or it’s teachings. Jesus is my Savior and I’m eternally grateful for his atoning sacrifice. I have experienced many astonishing tender mercies throughout my lifetime. I can say, without a shadow of doubt, I know we have a living Prophet with 12 Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ on the earth today. These are his chosen leaders just as the Apostles of old. I invite all to listen to His servants.

How I live my faith

I have been following in my father’s footsteps all my life. My 20 years of being a Scoutmaster seems paltry to his almost 40 years. I currently still am an Assistant Scoutmaster with the 11 year-old Scouts. I have worked in the Church’s young men program all my life and have also served, when asked, in many leadership positions. I have also served at the Unit, District, and Council levels with the Boy Scouts training others and helping where needed. In addition, I’ve served in the community as a soccer coach, certified soccer referee, and President of one of the local soccer clubs. I have volunteered for many charitable programs, blood drives, and Eagle projects donating thousand of hours to the community. It would be wonderful to say that I have overcome all of life’s challenges but I am but a man and still have my problems. I have difficulty sometimes walking the straight and narrow path because of some of my choices, but as one of our leaders once said, “I try to cross it as often as possible.” I do strive to live the commandments as best as I can and be a Christian in word and in deed. I’ve had my share of weak moments but I’ve also had many faith promoting moments. I strive to set an example for those students with whom I work, my peers, Scouts, and my family. I also try to be available when asked and to look for opportunities to help without being compelled.