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Hi I'm Doug Beal

I'm just an ordinary guy raised on a spud farm in Idaho. Army; National Guard; Forest Service; now retired. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Raised on a farm I've always loved the outdoors. Found my way into a forestry career. Still married to my wife of 43 years; we raised 5 kids. I love being a grandpa and have fifteen grandkids to spoil. I retired from the Forest Service in 2006, but worked part-time in the local hardware store since then until now. I've quit that job now, too, in order to serve a mission for the Church. My wife and I have been called to serve on Sheppard Air Base (Wichita Falls, TX) in a military relations position. We leave in a few weeks to start this latest venture.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and served a mission for the Church as a young man. I had opportunities during college days, a hitch in the Army (which continued later with 17 more years in the Army Reserve and National Guard), and 30 years with the U.S. Forest in Florida, Idaho and Arizona to examine the beliefs I was brought up with. I'm a private person and was somewhat uncomfortable having to defend my faith to co-workers and supervisors who thought my religion interfered with my official duties on several occasions. Self-examination of my faith at those times, however, found me still holding onto the basic values I was raised with. I haven't found any alternate philosophy or religion that answered life's challenges better than what I already have. It still provides me the answers to where I came from, why I'm here, and where am I going.

How I live my faith

I've been active in my local ward where ever I've lived all my life. I've taught Sunday School and the young men in Scouting; I've done clerical work, and served as an assistant to leaders over the men's organizations within the Church. I've always been a home teacher where I visit a few other families in the same ward each month to check on their well-being and discuss gospel subjects. My wife and I have also tried to raise our children in a home that held daily family prayer, weekly family activity nights, and frequent scripture study. We practiced Christian values in our home and taught our children the same. Trying to face each day's challenges in a way that Christ showed us by his example is our guiding star.