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Hi I'm Don

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and grew up in the Seattle area. After two years of university study, with a major in Geological Oceanography, I served a mission in Mexico. After returning, I completed study for a BA in Spanish and Business, and later an MBA. I worked as an accountant for over 25 years, and also taught adult education classes at a private university. I am currently a State employee and also do Spanish interpreting and translation. I enjoy distance running (having completed a 50-mile run/walk on my 50th birthday). I also enjoy choral and barbershop singing, as well as community theater. I have served in Toastmasters for a number of years, and also hold a Ham Radio license. Lastly, I feel at home in my vegetable garden, and enjoy feasting on and sharing the produce I grow there. I am married and have three adult children, one grandchild, and another on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the Church when I was ten years old. My 8-year-old sister and I were also baptized at that time. I gradually developed my own testimony of the truthfulness of all I had been learning by asking for and receiving confirmation from God. My testimony strengthened immeasurably while I was a missionary in Mexico, sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, and in turn watching them receive knowledge of the truth for themselves. I have been truly blessed to see how being a member of this church has strengthened our family. As we do what Jesus has asked of us, He continues to bless our lives (see John 7:17).

How I live my faith

Primarily, I live my faith by doing what the Lord asks of me. This church has no paid ministry, so we all volunteer to help keep the church operating. Over the years, I have served in a variety of ways--a teacher of youth and adults; in Scouting; a congregational music director; administrative and financial clerk; and currently as one of three individuals who oversee the quality of teaching in nine local congregations. I also serve weekly in one of our temples, helping those who attend there to complete saving ordinances for themselves and on behalf of those who have passed on. Service to others is a major emphasis in my religion. I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve others in my family, neighborhood, community, and world. A recent example was when a number of us from our local congregation participated in a national Day of Service. This involved working in a local park to remove invasive plants.