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Hi I'm Donnie

I'm a Husband, a Father, a Grandfather, an Entrepreneur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Houston, Texas. I grew up there and joined the LDS Church in 1973 when I was 22 and single. A year later, I went on a mission to Argentina Cordoba. In 1979 I married Susan, my wonderful wife, who is also my best friend. We have 5 daughters and 12 grandchildren. We have owned several businesses, but the one you may have heard of is Cold Stone Creamery. I enjoy spending time with my family, golf, flying, both remote control and full sized, and boating, especially at Lake Powell. I like going to movies, sometimes taking all the grandchildren with me, and an occasional dinner out. My membership and commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ, helping others, family, friends and those I may not even know, are my main focal points in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a knock at my door in 1972 and it was two young men, about my age, that taught me about the Savior and the Mormon Church. I found what they taught to be true and knew it would be the best thing I could do with my life no matter what else I was doing or no matter how much enjoyment and pleasure I already had in my then lifestyle. How could anything be better than doing what we were put here on Earth to do? Many people think the Mormon Church restricts you in life, but I think not so. It gives me the opportunity to do what we all should be doing, sharing the love of our Savior by living his precepts and serving his children. I don't know where I would be if those two young men had not believed in me and persevered along with me.

How I live my faith

I love the service our Church offers to the world. I have had the opportunity to serve and help those in need through various callings I have had during my many years a member of this Church. It has become a way of life for me and I make an effort to serve anytime I see someone in need, with or without a Church calling or assignment, whether I know them or not. The world is in need of the help from those of us that are capable, and I love the great blessings that come from serving my fellow man. We teach Jesus Christ, and I do my best to do what he taught us by his example of service to everyone with whom he had contact. I strive to make service a way of life for me. I am grateful for all I have and try to share my blessings with others.