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Hi I'm Don

I'm a Mormon who is fighting cancer, but at peace with my future. I am blessed to have a beautiful wife and 3 incredible children

About Me

I am a 65-year old husband, father and grandfather and am now retired in Ivins, Utah. My wife, Susan, and I consider our home and this area our little slice of heaven on earth. We have two daughters and one son, each of which is happily married to a wonderful spouse, and they have blessed our lives with NINE incredible grandchildren, ranging from age 24 to 1 year. I spent my working career in the field of on-highway heavy truck maintenance and had the privilige of meeting and working with gifted and caring associates throughout North America. After 30-years of intense labor, I was able to retire early and pursue things that are more meaningful to us. Sue and I were able to serve a fulltime LDS Mission in the Ohio Columbus Mission in 2003 and 2004. We have served in a wide variety of church callings, among which my years as Bishop of the Woodland Park Ward in Los Altos, California, and our years of serving in the St. George Utah and Columbus Ohio Temples have been our most favorite. My hobbies include interests in race cars, particularly muscle cars, and I am currently engaged in the process of building a Hemi-powered '64 Plymouth Sport Fury. This project is teaching me much about patience and appreciation for those who have been kind enough to assist me. I was diagnosed with seminoma cancer in October 2010 and have endured surgeries and radiation treatments to overcome the disease. Recent tests indicate that my cancer journey may not be over, but I am at peace.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I searched deeply to find answers to life's questions and found the answers in the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ. I was 34-years old and a father of 3 children before I really became serious about seeking answers to life's most serious questions. While I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ at age 8, I really didn't have a foundation of understanding and didn't have a testimony of the truth of the Church or of its guiding principles. At age 31 I was living with my family far away from home in Medford, New Jersey,and began to feel an urgent need to find the meaning of my life and what I needed to do to find happiness. I read a great deal, invited the LDS Missionaries to come to our home and teach us the lessons that explained what Mormons believe, met with my Bishop from the local ward and began a journey to seek my Savior and to understand what He wanted me to do. This began a journey that continues today, as I continue to search the scriptures, pray and serve in my callings and in my community. I have an absolute knowledge that God lives, Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son and our Savior and Redeemer. The Book of Mormon truly is Another Testiment of Jesus Christ and I read and study its pages every day. I seek the truthes contained in the Holy Bible and continue my study of the Doctrine and Covenants and of the Pearl of Great Price, additional scripture that has expanded and enlightened my life. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and that he was the instrument that our Heavenly Father used to translate and restore the truths contained in the Book of Mormon. We are lead by a Prophet today, even Thomas S. Monson, who is God's Prophet on the earth today. The keys and authority of the Holy Priesthood authority were restored to the earth. I know this is the true and living church and am grateful to be a member and to strive each day to live my life as my Savior would have me live. I love HIM!

How I live my faith

I currently serve as 1st Councilor in the Bishopric of the Red Cliffs Young Single Adult ward, and love serving these 18 to 30-year old members. They make me feely young again and freely offer their faith and prayers in helping me overcome the disease that I battle. I also serve as a Temple Ordinance Worker in the St. George Utah Temple and treasure the opportunity to stand in holy places each and every week. While calling in the YSA Ward takes me out of my home ward, I continue to serve as a home teacher for three families and treasure the opportunity to serve them with visits each month. Each has become a great friend that I treasure.