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Hi I'm Don Milam

I'm a retired airline pilot, a husband for 40 years, a father of 4, and a grandfather to 11, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a career professional pilot. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Mormons all around me, but I wasn't of their faith. I met my wife in college and married her after graduation. I've spent my life traveling around the world and maintaining some form of normal life while raising 3 boys and a girl with my wife of 40 years. I joined the LDS church in 1973. My interests now are grandchildren and digging more into my roots--so far I know my ancestors came from Germany and Great Britain.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife, from Cottonwood, Arizona, was a Mormon at age 14. After we married she had the desire to become more engaged in church activity and she also wanted our future family to have a common belief, so since I was pretty much agnostic after my religious training in my youth, I decided to see for myself if what I had heard about the Mormons in my youth was true. My family believed they were communists, my religious leader believed it was a satanic cult, my friends just thought Mormons were weird and worshiped a man called Joseph Smith. I knew most of that wasn't accurate, but had difficulty believing that God and his Son had personally appeared to a young 14 year old boy in a grove of trees, as seperate Beings. I also had trouble believing the result of that vision was book of scripture written in hyrogliphcs that was translated, then miraculously returned to an angel and was never been seen again. It was troubling to me, but I had been promised that if I read the book and prayed specifically asking if it were a true and accurate record, my prayer would be answered. I read part of the book, but was impatient to know and didn't want to waist my time on something if it was fiction. So one night I knelt in prayer by myself, not having much confidence in the promise given to me. Before the words of my prayer left my mouth, my mind and heart was impressed with the truth of the Book of Mormon and the reality of the Father and Son actually appearing to a boy in 1820. I was baptized within a month.

How I live my faith

For almost 40 years I have been active in the Mormon faith. I've been a Boy Scout leader for 30 years participating in hikes, campouts, canoe trips, jamborees, a lay minister to countless families in the church, and a volunteer on several service projects in the communities where we've lived. I've had many opportunities to serve on various community projects and I've found that the training I've received in the church has helped me organize and successfully meet goals set by regional leaders. By nature I'm an introvert, but the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me do things I never thought possible through service to others. I stay actively involved in my children and grandchildren's lives because I believe the family is an eternal unit, not dissolved by death-which gives me perspective and goals beyond this life.