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Hi I'm Don Hilker

I am a husband, father, home inspector, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've recently changed careers from being a teacher to being a home inspector. It's been almost like starting over, but I trust that it will be worth it. I want to be able to provide enough so that my wife doesn't have to work because she loves being a Mom first and foremost. I have a Master's degree in Educational Media Design and Technology, which is a fancy way of saying that I learned how to use my computer and the internet to reach students a little more effectively on their mobile devices and computers at home. I have a background in construction, professional driving, working with at-risk teens, and education. I'm certified to teach Spanish in Arizona and Texas, but I have never actually done it yet.

Why I am a Mormon

During a recent church meeting, someone asked the group "How were you converted?" My answer was "Ask me that question when I'm much older." Even though I was born in the church and I've always believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I'm no stranger to repentance and I see my conversion as a life long work in progress. I've chosen to stay an active member of the church because I see it as the best way to protect my family from the evil in the world. I'm so grateful for the knowledge and blessings I've been given through the years that help keep me closer to The Savior. I also like being a Mormon because I know that I'm free to choose for myself what I will do. I know that part of Heavenly Father's plan for me is based on free agency. I also like having a living prophet who speaks with God and clarifies His will for us. Another thing I like about being a latter day saint is that no matter where I live, I always have a church family for mutual support and fellowship.

How I live my faith

Helping others out is really a huge part of why we're all here. Whether it's a chance encounter with a stranger who needs help with a flat tire, or someone I've been asked to go and visit so the bishop knows how they are doing, it's all on The Lord's errand. I like to be available to fill that role as an instrument in The Lord's hand and more often than not, the tasks I do or help with are small things. When someone helps me with something small it makes a huge difference. It makes me feel good to set aside some of my own time for the good of someone else. My wife is a great example of this. After me, our kids, and her current duties at church, she hardly has any time for herself, yet she is happy with how these so-called skewed priorities for a modern woman bring her closer to The Savior.