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Hi I'm Doug Tharp

I served 26 years in the US Navy, I'm a technical trainer in the nuclear industry, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Illinois, joined the Navy to see the world and learn a trade. I was fortunate to get selected for a commissioning program, get my degree in electrical engineering and become a leader in the Navy's nuclear power program. After my 3 children were born I left active duty to be home with my family. I worked in manufacturing for 7 years but went back to the nuclear industry where I am an instructor for a regulatory agency. I just retired from the Navy reserve after a total of 26 years of service. My main focus now is on raising three teen aged children, one who is about to turn 18 and preparing to serve a mission. At work I am leading a team to incorporate more technology into our training programs and I am having so much fun exploring things as they could be and trying convince others that the "way we've always done it", isn't the only way.

Why I am a Mormon

I loved the stories of the Book of Mormon. This is what got me interested in the Church. After taking the missionary discussions, when we talked about the living prophets and the nature of God, I knew that this was the true Church of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father lives and loves us, why in these challenging times would he not want to communicate with us and provide us the guidance we need to return to Him? Having a living prophet on the earth is how we can be guided through trials. Being able to pray to Heavenly Father and receive direct revelation from Him and answers to our prayers through the scriptures makes it possible to face challenges and recognize opportunities to serve others.

How I live my faith

As a Boy Scout leader and youth instructor I have the pleasure of taking a group of young men camping each month and teaching them Gospel principle each Sunday morning. What is really great is blending these two activities together. As we explore nature and see God's hand in all His creation we relate the lessons we learn in the woods to the young men's futures as church leaders, husbands, and fathers. My family has been blessed to serve twice in the Nauvoo Pageant and my wife and I enjoy monthly visits to the Temple. We enjoy serving others, and have lots of opportunity over the past couple of years as tornadoes have torn through our area twice and left behind many destroyed homes and downed trees. We have become chain saw wielding examples of what it means to love thy neighbors.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Doug Tharp
The family is at the center of God's plan for us. It's through our families that we learn to love unconditionally, we learn to work together to overcome challenges, and we can know what it means to feel joy for others. Show more Show less