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Hi I'm Doug

I'm an Iowa Farmboy, I'm a Mariners Fan and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a bigtime baseball fan. I like watching most forms of athletic competition, probably due to the fact that My dad taught High School, and coached Baseball, and Basketball. I grew up in a big family (7 Boys & 1 Girl). We all grew up loving sports and participating as much as possible. I enjoyed a career in the Navy, and for a while officiated at girls Basketball games around the Kitsap Area, starting with the very young, and working my way up to High School. I coached for a while in the Central Kitsap Girls Basketball Association before, and while my daughters were playing, and ran clinics prior to each season starting for girls of varying experience levels. My wife and I enjoy good movies, dining with friends. We really like going to musicals (Phantom is probably the favorite for both of us) and traveling around the country, seeing the sights.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic, attended Catholic Schools, alter boy, etc.. When I went in the Navy, I fell into inactivity, and stayed that way until I had started a family, and my oldest child was about 9 years old. I began feeling a bit guilty that I hadn't had her baptized and hadn't introduced her to Jesus Christ. My wife who was born in an active family of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was inactive when I met her. We began attending churches, starting with one of the local Catholic Churches, and eventually we atteded the LDS church. Of course since she was a member, albeit inactive, numerous sets of missionaries had nocked on our door (with no luck). My wife had a visiting teacher who was a very faithful sister, who never missed her monthly visits. I found her entertaining, and she had a depth of love about her that was very real. She really cared about us, even though we continually declined her invites to join her at church on Sundays. Eventually the right set of Missionaries showed up at our door, and as I had become familiar with the tenants of the faith through my wife's family, who were active I became intrigued. Challenged by the Missionaries to "Just read the book" then pray about it... At the time I thought, sure why not. I read the book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, very much like the Holy Bible, and couldn't deny the feelings that I had when I prayed about what I had read. I realized that the same values that I had been taught in the many Religion Classes of my youth, were being reinforced and enhanced by the Book of Mormon. There was also a clarity in the message, that I don't think I'd ever known before. I received a very firm confirmation that this was the path that I was supposed to follow. If I had to point to one single aspect that best describes what drew me to this faith, it's the love that the unpaid ministry has for the people in the area they live, whether they are members or not. Truly Christ-like.

How I live my faith

I enjoy working alongside people who have the same values that I have. Beleive me, I'm not perfect. In fact far from it. Somebody once told me that this church isn't a "Hall of fame for Saints",, It's a hospital for sinners. The thing is, through the many activities I attend with my family, we are constantly surrounded by people who care, people who understand how hard this world can be to deal with, and people who are willing to help when needed, provide a pat on the back when needed, good advice when asked, and love all the time. As a convert, I have held assignments which I thought were above my capabilities. I've taught the gospel to the very youngest members, and the very oldest and every station in between. I've been active with the youth, and helped with projects with the men (young and old). I've helped people move in and move out. Through it all, I've enjoyed and grown from all of my assignments (called callings in the church). I've come to know what Charity really is, and why Jesus told us that the most important commandments were these. "Love God with all your heart, might, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself". It is during those moments, when you are helping others, especially those who really need it, that you find true peace and joy in your own heart.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely. The King James version of the Holy Bible is taught at all levels in the church starting from the very young. Our teens spend one of their 4 years of seminary during High School on the New Testament, another on the Old Testament. One on the Book of Mormon and one on the teachings of the Prophets of the Church called the Doctrine and Covenants. The Holy Bible teaches us, through the words of the prophets how to deal with the problems that beset us. It is the word of God, brought to us by his beloved prophets as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We Love the accounts in the Old Testament, and find solace in the words of the Savior as recounted by his Apostles in the New Testament. Our lives are in fact very much governed by the tenants contained within these two testaments as in all of Christianity. Show more Show less