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Hi I'm Don

I was born and raised in northern Illinois. I served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 - 1975 during the Viet Nam war. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 17 after I graduated from high school, I joined the U. S. Navy. The slogan then was "Join the Navy, See the World." I did get to see a lot of the world during those four years. That really got me interested in traveling. Now that the kids are grown and gone, my wife and I try to take a major trip every two or three years. We also like to go on cruises during the off years. We have seen most of the Caribbean so far. Our next major trip as it stands right now will be to Brazil. One of the missionaries who served in our area is from there and will be getting married soon and has asked if we would come.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I got married to my present wife, I knew next to nothing about the "Mormon Church". I was like a lot of people. Ignorant and not willing to listen. Then I met my wife, and my life changed. She was a member of the church and invited me to go with her several times. At first I said "No". I didn't need an organized religion. I knew I was a good person. But she kept inviting me and after a few months I decided to give it a try. During our dating period, if I had questions about the church, she would refer me to the missionaries because she did not want to try to influence me one way or the other. If I wanted to know about the church, it had to be my decision, not because she wanted me to know. The more I met with the missionaries, the more I learned, and the more I heard the more it made sense to me. It was like, they would go over a gospel principle and I would think, "Yeah, that makes sense." Every thing I heard gave me the same feeling. THAT MAKES SENSE! It still took me a long time to finally decide to join the church, but it is one decision that I have never regretted. Now, here it is sixteen years later and I am still strong in the faith. I continue to struggle with some of life's challenges, but I know that if I do my best, Heavenly Father will continue to forgive and bless me. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ I will have the opportunity to again live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that I can be with my family again. This makes all the bad times I have had seem not so bad.

How I live my faith

I have had several positions of authority so far in my Branch. I now serve as a Family History Consultant and volunteer to work in the Family History Library a couple of times a month. I like to help people who are looking to find out something about their past. It is so rewarding when we find something, or when they come to me and are so excited because they have found some little tidbit about their family. It can be addicting.