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Hi I'm Doug Marshall

I grew up in California. I'm a father of five children and my wife and I have been married for 27 years. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of five great kids (ages 16 to 25) and husband to my beautiful wife. I went to college in California where I earned my bachelors degree in Marketing and my MBA. I've worked in marketing for over 20 years. I love playing sports like basketball and tennis. My wife and I love to travel and have been all around the world.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11 years old, my older brother, who lived in another part of California, had been investigating the Mormon Church. My two otherbrothers and I often visited him. He told us some of the things he was learning. At first, we didn't think much of it, but soon after he joined the church. Before long, missionaries came to our door. At the time, I was living with my dad, stepmom, and one of my brothers. When the missionaries entered our house, my dad was not very happy. However, my stepmom pulled my father aside and said something that would end up changing my life. She told him that it's better these boys have a belief system in their lifes. Although my dad and stepmom didn't participate, they supported us in our decision. As I listen, a few things jumped out at me. Keep in mind, I was only 10 or 11 at the time, but my father had taken us to several other churches so we could, as he put it, "see what's out there". Some things I heard bothered me, such as, if a person doesn't except Jesus Christ in this life and be baptized, they can't be with him. That didn't make sense to me. I knew there had to be a lot of people who never heard of Jesus Christ. The missionaries tought us about something called "The Plan of Salvation", which explains where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. Their words and my desire to find the truth seem to finally be answered. Later, the missionaries were once again visiting us. This time, however, they challenged us to pray to find out if the Book of Mormon was true and if I should join the church. After they left, I couldn't stop thinking about their challenge. I went to my room and began to pray. I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true...if the church was true...and if I should join it. I could feel a peaceful feeling come over me. I felt such joy. I knew my prayer was being answered. To this day, I remember those feelings. It's something I will always cherish.

How I live my faith

I try to keep very involved in the Church. I have had many callings, which are basically assignments that you are asked to do. Usually each assignment lasts about a year or two. I've had the opportunity to teach the youth and adults. I've also had the times where I was in a leadership role within the local congregation. I have had several opportunities to help serve others, including: helping people move into the area, cleaning up folks yards that they can't necessarily do, as well as particpate in scouting with the youth. When we lived in Colorado, our Church participated in an annual event called, "The Paint-A-Thon". This was a great opportunity to serve. Several of our congregation would sign up and spend an entire Saturday painting a couple of houses for the disabled or elderly. What a great feeling that was to help in a small way.