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Hi I'm Don Nielsen

I am a proud father of 5. I am an engineer and small business owner. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a cattle ranch in the high valleys of central Idaho. My parents taught me the value of persistence and hard work. I learned to love the outdoors and appreciate the beauty God has created for us. I have too many interests such as woodworking, horses, motorcycles, snowmobiles and saltwater aquariums. I own a small business which takes much of my time. I have always been interested in the sciences and enjoy talking about engineering, physics and astronomy. I am not a big sports guy but I do enjoy the 'sweet science' of boxing and mixed martial arts. Football and basketball are ok but I would much rather watch hockey, rugby, judo, table tennis or archery.

Why I am a Mormon

As an engineer I am constantly looking critically at and evaluating my surroundings. I see order and puropse in everything around me. My spirit tells me that there is more to our existence than just this life. While I was blessed enough to be born into the church, I have looked carefully at most of the major religions and spiritual paths. I make it a regular practice to listen to the teaching and message of national, world and local religious leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only religion I have found that teaches the message I read in the Bible. Like every other person who is born in the church I had to know for myself that what I was taught was correct and not just another contrived idea. I put the church to the test and I can tell you that it is absolutely true. Everyone can know if the church is true. They simply have to apply a simple test. God has given us proof that this church is true. It is called the Book of Mormon. This book serves as tangible, hard evidence.The test is to simply read some of the book, with sincerity, and ask God, the author of truth, if this book is true. This test is designed by God and must be carried out in his perscribed way. What a fantastic thing! We can know if this is true for ourselves. We don't have to depend on someone elses teaching or opinion. We don't have to depend on their interpretation or even our own interpretation of the scriptures to know what is right.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ said "come follow me". I try to do just that; follow and do the things that Jesus would do. He was a great example of service so I try to serve those around me. I have been blessed to hold many callings in the church. The purpose of each calling is to give service experience and to help others succeed in life's challenges. I also try to be a good example to my wife and children who are my greatest treasures. I have a good job and get to work with lots of great people. I strive to live my religion in the workplace and have found that everything works better when I follow the Saviors example of honesty and integrity. I have a lot of weaknesses and I don't always make the best decisions. Following the Savior helps me to gain strength and become better but i will always depend on His mercy and forgiveness.