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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a grandpa and a dentist. I love to ski and ride motorcycles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors and live in a beautiful area in northern Idaho. I am a dentist. I spend a lot of time indoors so I like to play outdoors. In the summer, I go boating with the grandkids often. They love to ride on tubes behind the boat, especially when we pull two big tubes at the same time. They jump from one tube to the other and beg for big waves to bounce over. We waterski, wakeboard and kneeboard.  I am a scoutmaster so I get to do a fair amount of camping. I ride bicycles, motorcycles and have even taken a few rides in an ultralight airplane. I'm not an adrenaline junkie but I like adventures and doing new things. I like to travel and have been to China, Mexico and Peru on dental service trips. In the winter, I like to ski, sled, ice skate and snowmobile with my kids and grandkids. I am married to a very talented and beautiful wife. She is a jewel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I've always been actively involved in the church. When people ask why I believe in God I tell them "because of the moon." That sounds strange and it really is kind of a joke but this is what I mean: have you ever thought about the moon thousands of miles away and yet it is in such perfect alignment with the earth that it rotates in perfect harmony with the earth's orbit, they call that synchronized rotation. That is, we never see the other side of the moon and no human ever did see the other side until astronauts circled it. You would think that the rotation would be off a little so that in some amount of time the moon would spin around so we would see the other side. In other words, pick a spot on the moon and it will always be in the same place, day after day and year after year. I guess I just don't accept that type of precision in a world that just happened. To me, there are just too many things that are so perfectly organized for all of this world and universe to be working so well without a devine creator. The gospel of Jesus Christ follows that line of reasoning for me. That is, the teachings of Jesus and the Church of Jesus Christ fit perfectly with the circumstances we find ourselves in in this world. We are born into a world well organized in every way for us to live in. We start as a single cell and gradually grow into highly developed thinking and doing machines. The body has an amazing ability to heal when injured. Life is organized into nice repeating units of days, weeks, months and years. All of these things make it possible for us to leave a loving Father, come to earth and progress in His great plan of life. I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church with all the teachings, organization and authority to help us through this life and then back to the presence of God again after this life.

How I live my faith

Boy Scouting is a big part of the activity boys are involved with in the church. I am a scout master and spend a lot of time with these boys and young men. We participate in quite a few campouts and other activities. The boys have recently become rather interested in geocaching(check out geocaching.com). We work on merit badges, we have had some nice service projects, and we are always thinking of fun and adventurous things to do. I attend church regularly and really enjoy attending classes where gospel subjects are discussed. I prefer to be a student in classes but my wife is a very good instructor and she likes to teach.