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Hi I'm Don

I'm a retired physics teacher, twice-widowed father of ten and grandfather of 18 (and counting). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a mission for my church in Germany for 2 1/2 years, studied physics and acoustics in college and graduate school (earning a BA in physics, MS in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Acoustics), married my high school sweetheart and had one daughter. My wife was a college librarian, a pianist, and a wonderful companion, but passed away from cancer in 1995. Two years later I married my second wife, who was also a fine musician and equally wonderful companion. Having been divorced, she brought to the marriage nine children, four of whom were still at home. Together we served a mission for our Church on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. She also passed away from cancer, in 2011. For the past six years, I have been retired from my profession as a professor of physics at a small, liberal arts college/university where I taught for 34 years. My hobbies and activities include walking, lifting weights, doing home repairs, reading, writing, teaching Sunday school, directing a church choir, singing in a community choir, traveling (often to visit and dote on my children and grandchildren),

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and baptized at age 8 to a mother who was not a member of the Church and a father who was, but not living his religion. Later Mother joined the Church, and Dad became fully active several years after that. My assurance of the truth of the Church's teachings did not come to me immediately but only as I prepared for and served my mission. It has also come through countless sacred and inspiring experiences in my life, leading to my firm conviction that God exists, that He knows me, and that He intervenes from time to time in my life as I seek Him and serve Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been my spiritual compass over the years, guiding my decisions on career, marriage and family, where to live, and, in general, how to live. I have also witnessed the influence of that gospel on my family, helping my children to become good people and giving them righteous principles by which to govern their lives. I love my Savior, His perfect example, His teachings, His atoning sacrifice for me, and the promise of the resurrection that He enabled. Particularly in my times of grief and sorrow, He has brought me solace, comfort, and relief from pain that has made my mourning brief and yet profoundly therapeutic. I appreciate the priesthood authority he has allowed to reside in the Church. I know that the heavens are not sealed, that God continues to speak to His people through modern-day prophets just as He did in ancient times. I am grateful for the scriptures and seek spiritual guidance almost daily from the Bible and The Book of Mormon. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of my firm testimony that it is Christ's church on Earth today, and I love it.

How I live my faith

Whether or not I live my faith is matter for others to determine. I try. My firm conviction is that we show our love for the Lord in what we do, not in what we say, so the following should be read with that in mind. In my church, I have served a full-time mission to Germany as a young man, three times as bishop (similar to pastor, but with no monetary compensation) of our local congregation, and a senior-couple mission on Temple Square in Salt Lake City with my wife. At the present time, I teach a Sunday School class for adults in gospel doctrine and direct the choir. Twice each month, I drive about 160 miles each way to serve as an ordinance worker in a temple of the Church for two days each time. Once every six weeks I am privileged to drive a large, refrigerated truck full of groceries from our Church's Bishops' Storehouse to five different cities around the state where the food is delivered to needy families in those areas. I also volunteer at a local church's food pantry one day every other week, unloading groceries and stocking shelves for patrons. In addition to these specific activities, I also have the responsibility to visit monthly and provide spiritual and temporal assistance to four different families in our congregation. Daily prayer and scripture study are an essential part of my life. Above all, I take seriously my role as patriarch to a large and loving family and recognize the need to set a proper example and teach correct principles and values.