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Hi I'm Don Ellingson

I'm married with 3 sons, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grand children; I'm retired and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised Catholic in Brainerd, Minnesota and, after graduating from Dunwoody College of Technology, moved to Seattle, Washington to work for The Boeing Company. I worked for Boeing twice (1959 to 1973 and 1980 to 1999) , and in between those two times, I was a Snap-On Tool dealer and owned a Mad Hatter Muffler business in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I retired from Boeing as a Quality Assurance Programs Manager in 1999, and am enjoying every minute of retirement. I have been married to my wife Carol Ann for nearly 45 years, and we have three sons, six grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Since retiring, our best times have been travelling to visit our sons and their families in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and my 97 1/2 year old mother in Minnesota (who passed on February 24th 2012). We have also visited a number of LDS historical sites as we travelled. In the fall of 2010, we moved from Bonney Lake, Washington to Fruita, Colorado where we currently reside.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1971, while living in Weatherford, Texas, my lovely wife asked me to take the LDS missionary lessons. After taking the lessons and reading the Book of Mormon, I knew that: 1) the Book of Mormon was true, 2) Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God, and 3) the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the only true church on the earth today with priesthood authority. I was baptized and confirmed on July 22, 1971. My journey from that point has not been without its ups and downs; however, I never changed my mind about my belief. Now, more than ever, I know that I was right in joining the church. I know that Jesus is the Christ, God lives, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is led by a modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson, supported by his two counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

How I live my faith

The most important thing in my life was marrying my wife in the Seattle, Washington Temple on May 1, 2004 for time and all eternity. We can now be together forever. Since 2004, I have had a number of church callings, and am currently a High Priest Group leader. I read the scriptures daily, say morning and evening prayers, attend church services regularly, do my best to serve in my church and serve others, and keep the word of wisdom. These things all help to strengthen my testimony and validate my beliefs.