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Hi I'm Doug Herdt

I am a Certified Financial Planner, a pickleball player, and a father of 5, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am fortunate enough to have a family, career, and life that I absolutely love. First, my family. My wife and I have 5 children--three boys and two girls. I love them each dearly. Second, I have been blessed to find a wonderful career. In my early life, I had jobs, but nothing that I loved. One day, on a challenge from my wife, I was determined to find a career I would enjoy all my working life. Not knowing what that was, I turned to God in prayer. After much pondering and prayer, I knew what I was to be--which was a financial planner (but honestly, I didn't know what it was). Today, 22 years later, I am excited to go to work each day and help people obtain their financial goals. Third, I enjoy my life, and am constantly looking for new things to try. I took up long jumping in my 50's and have won numerous medals at the senior world games. I bicycle, play racquetball, lift weights, and now have a new love--pickleball.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah--surrounded by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), but knew very little about them. Most of what I had learned was not from Mormons. I had a lot of misconceptions about what they really believed. When I was 23 years old, I had a wonderful Mormon friend. She was so excited about life. One day, I asked her what made her so happy. She told me that it was her gospel. A few days later, she worked up the nerve to ask if I would like to learn more about her religion. I was introduced to the missionaries and they began to teach me of their church. It was different from what I had ever learned. I found out that the Mormons do believe in the Bible. They do believe in Jesus Christ, and that he is our Savior. I found out that they believe in His atoning sacrifice. I also learned what the Book of Mormon is really about--it is a second witness of Jesus Christ and His dealings with the ancient inhabitants of this continent. I found out the Book of Mormon is not a book written by Joseph Smith, but the word of God translated through him. As I continued to study, I determined that I needed to ask God if it was true. As I prayed, the Holy Ghost whispered to my heart that it was. The feeling I had was not like I had ever felt--nor anything that I could have imagined. I knew it was true, and I decided to be baptized. A year later, I knew that I needed to share my experience and decided to serve a mission for the church. I was a little older than most of the missionaries, and I had already graduated from college and was into a career, but knew it was what I was supposed to do. I was called to serve in Japan--and I will be eternally grateful for the experiences I had there which shaped my life in so many ways. I look forward to the day when I can serve another mission--this time with my wife as Senior missionaries.

How I live my faith

One of the things that has been so different from my previous church experiences is how I attempt to live my faith each and every day. Personal prayer and family prayer are a big part of our family life. We also study the scriptures daily (again as a family as well as individually). Service to others is a huge part of the Mormon Church and I have had tremendous experiences teaching youth and adults about the gospel. It has been a wonderful blessing for me to prepare to teach others, and I am always a beneficiary of preparing lessons for others. Although I try to live my faith, I make my share of mistakes and have had trials in my life. I am so grateful that the Lord still loves me and I can grow even by making mistakes and facing trials--as long as I have the Lord on my side. I love my Savior, and desire to follow him each day.