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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in Edmonds Washington. I have been married for 36 years. I have three children and 4 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was blessed to find not only my best friend but my wife 36 years ago. We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren with another on the way. For hobbies...I love to read and read anything when I have the time. My mother introduced me to the joy of reading at a very early age. It is my escape and chance to relax. I have been a certified SCUBA diver since 1971 and I always look for opportunities to dive wherever I can. This means I also really enjoy seeing the world, different cultures and eating the food from the countries I visit. We have been fortunate to travel to a number of countries. Photography is a passion and a way to record the moments of my life...I have thousands of photographs and need to get them better organized. The digital world has helped but I have a long way to go!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and her family had roots in the church. Although I was baptised at 8 years old the family was not fully active in the church. My father was not a member and he was antagonistic towards the church. His version of church was fishing and drinking. I even attended a Baptist summer school for several years with a friend. At 12 my mother was diagnosed with cancer...it was a difficult time for our family. My father began to reflect on the life he was living. Around 13 years old I became more active in the church, attending regularly and forming friendships with the youth group and scouting. My father's conversion to the church was a major event and motivating factor. Watching as he struggled to leave his old life style and friends behind, seeing and hearing his prayers and then observing the changes he had to make really had a lasting impact. It was good to see that he was truly becoming a new man in Christ. Our family became very active in the church even though my mother was very sick at times. Watching her deal with her cancer, the surgeries and radiation treatments was very hard and emotional. Just after graduating from high school my mother died...her death was something that caused me to question... I found myself asking ...where did we come from, why am I here and where am I going after this life? The life I had was no longer there and it sent me into a flurry of study. My mother had always hoped I would serve a church mission and I told myself before I left I had to be sure that I really new what I personally believed in. After much study, some fasting and prayer I came to know that the Christ is my Savior, the Bible and the Book of Mormon are testiments of Jesus Christ and that God reveals his words today through a living prophet. I served a misson in a foreign country...New Zealand...I loved the people, I loved my mission and I thank the Lord everyday for that wonderful opportunity.

How I live my faith

Currently I teach an adult Sunday School class at church that we call Gospel Doctrine. I enjoy teaching because it forces me to study and to interact with the other members. I have had positions in the church teaching the youth at all ages, assisting with the scouts and sports programs. One of the additional callings I have is visiting 3-4 families in our congregation each month to check on their welfare...we call this home teaching. These visits are usually just enough time to teach a spiritual thought and do a little socializing. It is also a chance to serve and really get to know people you might not share time with on a regular basis. Lastly, I try to be a good example to my family, friends and co-workers.