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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired Research Plant Geneticist. I am a city boy who pursued a career in agricultural research. I was raised in Utah but, because of my chosen career, I have also lived in Washington State, Florida, Texas, and Arizona. My wife of 60 years is also a Utah native. She has never complained about our many moves because she enjoys meeting new people and having new life experiences. We have 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls, 29 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren. They are scattered a bit but most make their way to our annual family reunion, usually held at a campground in Utah or Arizona. I am a 4th generation Mormon on both sides of my family. My Mormon antecedents are from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Denmark. After conversion to the Church, they emigrated to Utah and Idaho. My research career was exciting from beginning to end. While living in Florida, I worked on some tropical plants that are unfamiliar to most Americans. In Texas and Arizona, I did research on cotton plants. Part of my research involved studying and collecting wild Hibiscus and cotton plants in East Africa, the Galapagos Islands, and Australia. My non-research career was my association with the Boys Scouts of America almost all of my adult life. Other interests include singing in the church choir, listening to classical music, exploring southwestern history, and family camping.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my personal conversion to the Church. Even though I was born and raised in a Mormon home, I had to develop a personal testimony, as does everyone else who becomes an active member of the Church. The central part of that testimony is that Jesus Christ is our savior, our redeemer, and our role model. Jesus was the only perfect person who ever walked the earth. My main goal in life is to become as Christ-like as I possibly can, even though I am far from perfect. Another important part of my testimony is my knowledge that the Church is modeled after the primitive Church organized by Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry, which includes apostles, prophets, and other Priesthood offices. Still another one is the doctrine that family relationsips extend beyond mortality-- families are forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith at several levels. As an individual, I try to live worthily as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments and teaching them to my family. I try to be a good husband, father, and grandfather. At home, as a family, we have morning and evening family prayers, a weekly family home evening activity, which usually includes a gospel lesson, a game or other activity, and refreshments. Once a month, we have an extended family home evening activity. We study the scriptures together or individually, either to prepare for an upcoming Church class or for our own enlightenment. We invite our full-time missionaries to dinner on a regular basis. At the local Church level, I have many opportunities for service. I serve as the chairman of the Varsity Scouts and Venture Scouts committee, helping young men to become Eagle Scouts. I also serve as chairman of the Proclaim the Gospel committee in my Priesthood quorum. My son and I are home teachers to three families. We basically have the responsibility for the welfare of these families. I have participated in many service projects, including working at the three Church-owned establishments: the Welfare Cannery, the Bishop's Storehouse (groceries), and Deseret Industries (used articles). I have participated in many service projects for individuals and families, both members and non-members. My familly and I have also enjoyed service projects carried out for our benefit. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said "inasmuch as ye have done it [unselfish acts of service] unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."