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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in California and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a teenager.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My wife is my best friend and we have five wonderful children and three three amazing grandchildren. I love to do almost any kind of work and like to organize things. I also love to hike, read, watch old movies, and teach.

Why I am a Mormon

In my childhood my parents would periodically take our family to a local non-denominational church. It was in that church that I first heard about and gained a knowledge of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The years came and went and when I was in my early teenage years I felt that I had not been as good as I should be, and felt that I needed to repent of some of my sins so I started praying that Heavenly Father would forgive me. This was about the same time that my sister joined a local protestant church and so as a family we started attending some of the protestant church meetings. I really liked the minister and expressed interest in learning more about the church. It was about this time that the family of one of my childhood friends joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sent the Mormon missionaries to our family. I remember the first visit by the missionaries. One of the missionaries held up a picture of the leaders of the LDS Church and, pointing to President David O. McKay (who was then president of the church), said that he was a prophet of God. A feeling came over me what the missionary was telling me was true, that President McKay was indeed a prophet of God, just like Moses, Elijah, and other Old Testament prophets. Ultimately we reached the point in the missionary lessons when the missionaries introduced us to the Book of Mormon, told us that they knew it was another witness of Jesus Christ, and challenged us to read and pray to find out for ourselves if it was the word of God. I took the challenge to heart and prayed asking Heavenly Father if it was true. After praying with all my heart, an overwhelming feeling came over me, more powerful than any spiritual manifestation I had ever before experienced, testifying to me that it was indeed true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping share the gospel of Jesus Christ with my neighbors. I also live my faith by discussing the gospel with my family on at least a weekly baisis. I receive great satisfaction from attending church services with my family and neighbors, partaking of the sacrament in remembrance of the Savior, and sharing and receiving insights with others during Sunday church meetings. I also live my faith by trying to help others in need of temporal, spiritual, and emotional help.