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Hi I'm Don

I have worked with the homeless, been involved in prison ministry, and am raising a family of seven. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am lucky to be Dad to 6 daughters and 1 son. I love to spend time in the forest chasing elk, or on streams or lakes fly fishing. Even though I have these passions, like anyone else with hobbies, I spend most of my time working. My work requires traveling to Asia and accross the USA, or just working in front of a computer each day for too many hours. I have found that serving others without expectation of return is one of the keys to happiness. I worked much of my career as a CPA, but now spend my time involved in international trade. Traveling outside of the USA has helped me understand issues facing families can be answered by applying the teachings of Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. While tradition was the reason for faith in my youth, as an adult, an understanding of Jesus Christ, the scriptures and the power of prayer are the reasons why I am in the faith now. I love the Lord. He is the answer to all of my anxieties and fears. Peace comes through striving to be more like Him. I have deep respect for other religions and have spent time searching out their teachings. All major religions help people to live better lives. My religion uniquely believes that God still speaks to mankind. Ultimately the simple story of a 14 year old boy going into a grove of trees in the early 1800's to ask a simple prayer resonates with me. Joseph came out with profound answers that have guided my path of faith. Life has had plenty of disappointments, but peace comes from perspective. Perspective comes from faith. Faith comes from yearning to know truth. I know the truth about the nature and character of God and that brings me peace. His chosen son Jesus Christ rose from the grave and conquered death. He made a personal sacrifice of His life in order to allow me to return to God's presence. He appeared after death to people living around Jerusalem and visited people on this continent. That is the story of the Book of Mormon. I can't imagine why He would not gather and teach them after his resurrection. He is merciful, kind and consistent in His dealings with all the children of God.

How I live my faith

I have worked in various assignments in the Church. Currently I teach adults the New Testament in Sunday School. My previous assignment was as a prison minister to men in the state penitentiary who would not return to freedom for many years or not at all. That experience taught me the love God has for all of His children and the broad scope of the atonement. Men can find Christ; even in prison. A feeling of fulfilment and joy comes when you serve those who have struggles in life. Lifting them in times of need brings peace. It also keeps your individual problems in proper perspective. While not a as a result of a church assignment, I have also been volunteering to work in a group that gives micro-credit loans to the poor around the world and teaches them to build businesses from scratch to support themselves. This experience has taught me to see the world as a much more complex place and that when the the rich get involved in being charitable they are blessed as they are tied to the poor through lifting and giving others basic needs in life. Linking those who have been giving much, with those who have little, blesses both parties in the process.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Recently I taught a Sunday School lesson about the Apostle Paul who was cast into jail because of being falsely accused of taking non-jews into the holy parts of the ancient temple. The penalty for doing so was death. It caused me to think of the sacredness of the temple, and that people throughout history have gone through a preparation process in order to approach God through temple worship. In our time, both members of the church and non-members who have not prepared are turned away from the sacred parts of the temple not because of secrets, but rather due to the sacred nature of the temple and the preparation required to go there. Anyone can go to the temple, given they prepare themselves and demonstrate that preparation in a visit with those responsible for qualifying persons for entrance to the temple. I love the peace that comes from being in the temple, having prepared myself to approach the Lord in His house. I feel His Spirit there. I am grateful that others who are there have prepared themselves in the same way. Anyone who wants to know more about the nature of the temples can ask any missionary what it takes to qualify to go there. My personal experience and witness is that it is worth qualifying oneself and experiencing the beauty and peace that is constantly there. Show more Show less