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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a carpenter and a musician. I began a career in music at a young age and was encouraged through my teens by my parents and brothers. I became a carpenter and contractor in my early 30's following a long line of builders in my family. I am married with four kids (two stepchildren and two of my own). My oldest (my only daughter) is now in college and pursuing a musical path, and I couldn't be more concerned or happy for her. She has an awesome voice like her mom. The other three (all boys) are my main focus and all are pursuing various interests, some like dad and some new things. Life is busy in our house. My wife is pursuing a career in cosmetology and it means that I make more meals, clean the house and take kids to school and activities more. I'm willing to make the sacrifice because I can see it makes her happy and excited about life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was following a spiritual path as I traveled the country with a band years ago, but it never satisfied me. I couldn't find comfort in knowing there was something bigger than me out there, so I continually teetered on the edge of self empowerment and an all-knowing, all powerful being that created me. My wife introduced me to the church while we were dating and it was when I met with the missionaries the first time that everything in my life began to click. The Book of Mormon was the missing link between my belief that Christ had visited the Americas and the purpose of my life. The lights came on and I realized, possibly for the first time, the role that men were made for. In a word - the priesthood. My testimony of the gospel grows stronger as I see the miracles in my life and the lives of those around me. As I serve others, my life is blessed, sometimes by a lightened load, and many times by witnessing the effects the gospel has on those struggling with personal challenges. I love being part of the brotherhood of priesthood holders who know that Jesus Christ guides their work.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I work closely with the full-time missionaries - you know, the ones you see riding bikes or walking in your community. These are some of the finest young men and women I have ever met. Often times these missionaries are teaching someone about the restored gospel and I am privileged to be able to share my testimony of the gospel with these investigators. I have some families that I visit regularly in my ward. Christ asked us to watch over the flock, and this is one way we can do it. My oldest son and I share a gospel message and see if there is anything we can do to help our families. I teach a class on the basic principles of the gospel on Sunday mornings. It is one of the highlights of Sunday for me. I enjoy talking with new members and discussing the principles that can help to make their lives more fulfilling. It's a lot of fun to see people grow in the gospel. It's way more rewarding to encourage them to pray about their questions and not just rely on what I have taught them. I'm fallible, Christ is not.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. Joseph Smith is highly acknowledged and revered by the church as the prophet who restored the gospel and the priesthood to the earth. Moses, Adam, Noah and Elijah were also prophets who were instruments in God's hands to perform His work. Joseph Smith and successive prophets in these latter days fit the same profile as their early forebears. They boldly proclaim that we have a loving Heavenly Father and that His son, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, that we may have the opportunity for eternal life. We are grateful for the calling that Joseph Smith held, and the difficult work that he did, but worship is reserved for our Eternal Father and his resurrected son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less