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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am my wife's husband, the father of two daughters, grandfather to twelve children and great grandfather to one. It should come as no surprise that I identify myself by describing my family. After all, I am a Mormon. I was born in Montana and raised in Eastern Washington among the pine forests, rivers and lakes. I miss them now that I reside in Southern California, but I do enjoy the mountains, the ocean and the endless summer here. I attended West Valley High School in the Spokane Valley, Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho (now BYUI) the University of Washington, the Naval Air Training Command and finally graduated from California State University, Fullerton. You see, life kept getting in the way of my education, and I was always more interested in basketball and track than academics anyway. I did not serve a mormon mission, but rather, during those years when young men serve missions for the church, I flew 120 combat support missions as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. After that, I flew 33 years for United Airlines and another five for NetJets. During that time I saw from altitude the mighty works of God and acknowledged His Glory displayed throughout the universe. Though I was born to faithful Mormon parents, I am one who lived his life far from home and church. I rediscovered my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ later in life, but I did rediscover it and so can you.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine a day spent other than as a Mormon. I am a Mormon because it is a wonderful way to live for me and for my family. My wife and I prove that every day. I am a Mormon because I have studied Scripture, prayed and received the testimony of the Holy Ghost that God lives, that Jesus is my Savior and that there are and have been living prophets in my day. The writings of prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, both of which we Mormons read daily, answer the most difficult questions for me. In the Bible, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ speak to me across the centuries to guide me in my life. In the Book of Mormon, Alma Ch. 40 and Moroni Ch. 10 are favorites. The revelation given to the prophet Joseph F. Smith in 1918 and recorded in the Scripture we call the Doctrine and Covenants goes far in describing what happens when we close the chapter of life we are living now and enter the next phase. Where did Christ go and what did he accomplish in the three days between Crucifiction and Ressurection? Who are some of those other sheep, not of that fold, of whom he told his diciples when he left them? One reason I am a Mormon, then, is that the Gospel and the Priesthood that were returned to us in the latter days have the answers I need. A saint, by Biblical definition, is one who follows Christ. We believe these are the latter days, and that we are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but if that seems too much a mouthful, just call me a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church regularly, study Scripture daily and visit the LDS temple often. I also raised my children to understand the tenets of the Mormon faith and teach my grandchildren occasionally as well. Sometimes I go with the full-time missionaries to teach the Gospel to those who have expressed an interest. I am blessed to have the Holy Priesthood to share with my dear wife, with whom I have recently been called to serve in the California Irvine mission. I hold the authority to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; the authority for the laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost; the authority to annoint the sick with consecrated oil; and am permitted to perform ordinances in the temple on behalf of those who have passed on without having had the opportunity to do these things during their earthly life. In these ways, I live my faith.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Doug
We're counting on it! It's not always easy, but I, with my family, believe that through obedience to our Heavenly Father's plan, through the saving grace of Jesus Christ on our behalf and through the accomplishment of saving ordinances we can be together forever. Show more Show less