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Hi I'm Don

I am a retired US Navy Senior Chief, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and yes, I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am semi retired, married for 36 years to Chris a father of four boys, have 5 grandchildren, love to hunt and fish and while growing up in the Great State of Texas, thought that 62 was old but now that I have arrived, I found out that it is not so bad (or old).

Why I am a Mormon

My wife became a member 12 years before I did. I met many people of the Mormon faith during those 12 years and found that most were happy, loyal family members, and successful at what they did. Whatever my preconceived notions were, disappeared when I met Thomas. It was also an older couple from Utah that convinced me that this was not a cult!! After receiving the discussions, I made the decision to become a member of the Church and have some of the happiness my wife had. Since that time, I have found that my Heavenly Father really does love me and wants me to be happy and successful both within my family and community.

How I live my faith

It would be erroneous to say that living my faith was easy because it is not. What I have learned to do is be in the world but not of the world. I am able to do that by visiting other members of the ward on a monthly basis, supporting the Boy Scouts and the young women of the church and by trying to do all that I am asked to do by my church leaders. It is by reading the scriptures (KJV of the Bible and the Book of Mormon) and studying them, I have come to learn that the precepts are not restrictions but guides to direct my path back to a loving Heavenly Father. The past eighteen years have been a lot better than the preceding years were because of my membership.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Don
It is because of the law of the tithe spoken about in the book of Malachi. Obedience is hard in many things but once you develop a testimony of paying tithing, it really becomes a privilege to pay a full tithe but also the ability to pay is a blessing. This is the only place in the Bible that Jesus Christ said to "prove me" and by doing this one thing, we are blessed beyond measure. It does not take a person long to figure out that tithing is not paid with money but with faith. Some people say that they cannot afford to pay tithing. I would counter that by saying that I can't afford NOT to pay tithing and do so willingly and cheerfully. It is through out tithes that we are able to move that work of the Lord forward and to help many throughout the world. Show more Show less