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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in Canada and moved to the states when I was young. My mother was Jewish and my father Christian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 74 years old and married to my wonderful wife for 46 years. We have two children and 6 grand- children. I am a retired transportation engineer and am enjoying my retirement. My hobbies are: reading, hiking and camping, gardening, walking, swimming, and doing family history research. I also enjoy doing remodeling work around the house. I am presently doing volunteer work at the Family History Center and am a Scoutmaster with about 11 boys in our troop. We have weekly meetings and do one weekend trip each month with a week of scout camp or high adventure in the summer months. This is my way of staying in shape and enjoying the great outdoors with my troop. I enjoy working with the youth and have been involved with youth activities for most of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with loving parents who taught good values. My mother was Jewish and my father Protestant, of sorts. I was one of five children. We were all taught to believe in God and to live our lives in a way that would always honor Him and bring honor our family name. Although my mother was Jewish, she was not actively involved with the Jewish faith. We were raised with the freedom of choosing our own faith. In fact our parents encouraged us to seek out a faith that would be important enough for us to dedicate our lives to. When I was about 16 years old I began searching for that true faith. Over the years, I attended several churches with my friends and though I enjoyed most of them, I couldn't commit myself to any of them. I spent my 21st birday at Fort Ord, California going through basic training for the Army. While there, I met my first "Mormon". He was a young man with high morals and looked at life with a smile and a very positive attitude. I asked him if he belonged to any church. That was the beginning of a life long friendship. He and other Mormon servicemen at Fort Ord taught me about their Christian faith. I soon discovered that what they believed, I had always believed. The few questions that I had were soom resolved with prayer. I joined the Mormon Church 6 months later with my parents blessings. It turned out that they had know many Mormons and were very favorable to them. I also discovered that two of my friends in High School were Mormons. They just neglected to tell me. This only increased my testimony that much more for they were young men whom I admired greatly. In fact one of them was having his missionary farewell the day that I was baptised. I have never regreted my decision and as my parents sugested when I was younger, to find a church that I could committ my life to and I would be happy. I have made that committment and have had tremendous joy throughout my years as a member.

How I live my faith

In my 52 years as a member, I have been blessed to serve the youth in the church in one capacity or another. I have served as a scout leader several times. I have taught youth in Sunday School, Primary, and Seminary. I have also served as President of our Young Men's Programs. I have served in several Bishoprics with emphases on youth. As a leader over youth, I have tried constantly to be an example of all of those virtues which we teach. I feel a great responsiblity toward our youth. I know that they need those examples in their lives that will help them make right choices that will give them proper direction and success with joyful living. I believe in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I have enjoyed a wonderful life of living His gospel and am committed to following his teachings for ever.