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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in Utah. I love the mountains, especially hiking, rock climbing, exploring underground caves, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a small beautiful mountain town with my wife and best friend, Diane. We raised 4 successful and brilliant children who are all now adults. I worked most my younger years at the Snowbird Ski Resort - where I skied and managed their public water supply. I served a mission in Illinois and Missouri, attended the University of Utah and continued my long career in the water utility engineering and management business. I currently am the Technical and IT Director of a large government water district. I have served in many public service positions, including two terms on my local City Council and a term as Mayor. My wife served a term on our local School Board. I love science, especially physics, and I am currently the Gospel Doctrine teacher in our church. Our family like many others has experienced challenges. Our oldest son developed bone cancer at the age of 18 and went trough a very difficult ordeal for a year - he eventually served a mission to Ohio. Also - our youngest daughter developed ovarian cancer at the tender age of 22 and has courageously fought that battle for over two years. I also was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease at 53 called sarcoidosis. It has effected my lungs - forcing me to slow down, but I am undeterred and am still able to work. These difficulties have placed a considerable burden upon my wife and children, for which I am eternally indebted. All in all - our challenges have only made us stronger.

Why I am a Mormon

I like many others was raised in the church by a very strong and faithful family. While I have a testimony - I really became converted when I witnessed the effect of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the lives of others more than mine. I saw this not only on my mission but with friends, business associates, and family. At a fairly young age I watched my beautiful mother battle breast cancer for nearly 13 years before her death. I saw many miracles that preserved her long enough to see her grand children grow and develop into young Christian examples to many others. I have been part of the many miracles that have protected and preserved my family. Without the blessing and help of my older brother - Jesus Christ, I would not see my family as successful and productive as they have become. They have blessed so many people in their lives. My love for my wife is truly endless - hence I have become reliant on the faith and conviction I have that I can be with them in the heavens after this brief but often painful mortality. Along with my children and my ancestry, I know that heaven is really a family, made up of Gods countless children, serving each other with Jesus Christ as our Savior, Brother, Example, and Friend. I could not be more grateful for the Sacrifice of God's Only Begotten Son. I feel His love continually in my heart and family. He heals me from the wounds caused by my countless errors and mistakes I have made as I climb and fall and climb and fall on the spiritual mountains of life. I know that God's great plan of happiness is the miracle of all miracles, and through faith and obedience to His commandments, we can return to Him, with all of our scrapes of sin and wounds healed. It is the greatest hope and prayer I have, that I can serve Him through all life and eternity. Without the restoration of His Gospel in these latter days, led by Apostles and Prophets, who are as sure and steadfast as those of old - this great blessing would not be available.

How I live my faith

My faith has guided me in every difficult decision I have ever been faced with, whether at home, work, church, or play. I used my own wisdom too much when I was young, and I learned by trial and error, that it only went so far, and often just got me into more difficulties. As I have matured, I have relied more on prayer and faith in all my decisions. I and my family have served heavily in public service responsibilities. Even though I am quite shy and introverted, making it difficult at times to speak with others, I can lead and teach a very large group of people fairly easily - go figure! I love to teach the gospel doctrine lessons in our Church Sunday School to the adults in our small community. I learn much more from them than they do from me. I love nature, which is why I am so involved in the water development and conservation business. I see God's hand in all of the resources He has provided to us - AND I see the need to protect all of these blessings as much as possible, for our children and their children. When I look into the vast starry night sky, I am humbled and feel a warm shiver of awe run through my body - telling me I may be small in this infinite universe - but I am loved by a kind Father in Heaven, who answers prayers and wants ALL of us to return to him. One of my greatest blessings in my life was recently serving for 5 years in our Salt Lake Temple as a worker until my health diminished. Here I felt the same feeling I had looking into the vastness of space. A heart felt warmth that Gods Plan of Salvation does not end with just those who are lucky enough to hear the gospel in mortality. It spans the same vastness of space and time - well into the next life for all those children who have ever lived on this planet and missed the opportunity to hear of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The same Gospel of which I am a devout member and follower. I am His servant, a Christian, and a Mormon.