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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a triplet, I'm a cuber, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student studying computer science and Chinese. I enjoy watching college football, Rubik's Cubing, and eating Korean barbecue with my friends. My family is very important to me. I have two older siblings - twins - and two younger siblings - triplets with me. We love spending time together, even though we're sometimes separated by school and missionary service. When we're together, we clean together, garden together, watch Pride and Prejudice and football together, and play boardgames together.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a Mormon just because my parents were. As a family, we went to church together, prayed together, and read the scriptures together. At the time, I knew the Church was definitely a good thing. It had helped me avoid many of the problems that plagued my friends, and my family seemed particularly happy. I had felt that God existed and loved me when I prayed. But eventually, especially when I moved far away from home to a more religiously liberal environment, I had to confront the fact that all religions are good things, and almost all of them believe in a loving God. How could I assume that just because I had grown up in this one, it was the right one? So when I was a freshman in college I decided for the first time to really, consistently read read the Book of Mormon every day. And every night as I went to bed I would plead with God in prayer to let me know if this was true. God gave me my answer. I didn't see an angel, and it didn't come all at once, but God gave me a feeling that grew and grew until it became a knowledge. I now know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the restored, complete, living church of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. This matters to me because it means I know my family can be together after this life. I have direction in life, because I know why I'm here and where I'm going. I have comfort, because I know that my Heavenly Father watches, loves, and protects me. And I have hope, because I know that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins, and I can be made perfect in Him. I used to be a Mormon because my family is, but now I'm a Mormon because God told me this is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith now by being a missionary in Taiwan. It was hard to leave academic success and fly to the other side of the world to talk to strangers about the purpose of life in Chinese, but I knew this is what God wanted me to do. I now have the privilege of inviting all to come unto Christ, and to join His church and be saved. It's not easy, but the Lord is with me, and I see His hand at work here every day. The happiest part about being a missionary is seeing the light of the Gospel change someone. There is no better feeling than to know that you were a tool in God's hands to bring joy, salvation, and eternal life to one of His precious children.