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Hi I'm Doug

I've spent most of my life in southwest Utah. I like to spend time with my mom, grandma, and dog. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy living in the southwestern USA -- I've lived in Glendale & San Dimas, California, USA; Cedar City & St. George, Utah, USA; Flagstaff, Arizona, USA; and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. I served a mission to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. My interests and hobbies include running, rollerblading, golfing, walking the dog, playing racquetball, watching college football, playing the piano, singing in choirs & performing solos, working with numbers, writing in journals, creating an occasional crossword puzzle, spending time with my grandmother, and participating in singles activities.

Why I am a Mormon

From age 4 to 10, my mother and I walked 5 minutes to the corner Wesleyan (Methodist) church in a city in southern California, and I had never heard of the Mormon church. At the time, I lived with my mother and her parents -- when we moved to Utah when I was 10, the nearest Methodist church was about 50 miles away, a Church of Christ (non-LDS) was a little over a mile away, and the nearest Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was 0.1 miles away! Fortunately for my family and me, a fellow came by to welcome us to the area, and he was the ward mission leader -- later, he and his family became really close friends to my family and me. When he found out that we weren't LDS but interested in learning about the religion, of course he was ecstatic! Within 9 months of moving to Utah, we all joined the church. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be true, and I know the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ to be true, because the Holy Ghost (the 3rd member of the Godhead) has caused my spirit to feel that these things are true. By being baptized, I made a covenant to always remember Christ, and I draw strength throughout the week when I remember the power of that covenant. I thank God that his Son Jesus Christ did something for me that I could not do for myself: atone for my sins, for I am not perfect! But he also bore my pains and adversities so I don't ever have to go through them alone.

How I live my faith

I like to read my scriptures -- every day, I try to read the Book of Mormon and either the Bible or the words of modern prophets & apostles as delivered in general conference, teachings of church presidents, etc. I establish communication with my Heavenly Father every day, and make it a habit to express thanks for the many blessings I have truly been given! I like my calling being the leader of a group of men of the same age and organizing socials and activities to help bring them together in a spirit of fellowship. I have a strong testimony of home teaching: I enjoy going to visit the homes of other families and build a relationship of trust with them. I enjoy being a part of church choirs, be it my ward choir, singles choir, etc. -- I testify with my heart that there is a special spirit in singing the hymns. I also enjoy being a part of service activities, whether quilt tying, humanitarian aid, improving the community, etc. I'm a strong advocate for preserving the sanctity of the family -- I participate in Monday family home evenings, either with my grandmother or with other church members, and partake of gospel & recreational activities. And even though I'm presently single, I realize I'm a very important part of this church, and look forward to the time when I can enjoy the blessings of having a family of my own and raising them in the Church.