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Hi I'm Don

I have been married 25 years. I'm a father of 4 children. I've been an educator for 23 years. I live in Las Vegas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small community in Idaho. My father was a nuclear physicist and my mother a stay-at-home mom. At age 14, I earned the Eagle Scout recognition from the Boy Scouts of America. I served an LDS mission in Belgium/France where I spoke French. I graduated from college with a degree in Mathematics Education. I taught High School mathematics in Las Vegas for 12 years and I have been a school administrator for 11 years currently functioning as an Assistant Principal in Las Vegas, Nevada. . I have a passion for aviation and enjoy the thrill of seeing military aircraft from all eras of history. Las Vegas is the home of the Thunderbirds (Air Force Demonstration Team) and I love watching them perform during the annual airshow at a nearby air force base. I am a huge Alabama Crimson Tide college football fan (Roll Tide) and a Connecticut Huskie (UCONN) college basketball fan. I love the Boy Scouts of America program and enjoy hiking and camping with my family and friends. Despite my career and my interests, my greatest joy and happiness in life comes from the time I spend with my family. I have been married for 26 years. She has been my best friend, the love of my life, and has brought me the greatest joy that a man could ever hope for. Two years ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and I have admired her strength as she has overcome numerous treatments and surgeries. I am also a father of three boys and a girl who bring more joy to me than money or fame.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that God loves all of his children and that he has sent us to Earth with a plan to return to his presence someday. This plan was meant to be accomplished as a family unit with parents and children being bound together on Earth and into the eternities. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to this Earth to be the "Light and the Life" of this world. Jesus Christ set the perfect example for us and established His Church through which we could receive all of the teachings necessary to live a life of joy, peace, and happiness. Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross of Calvary, and his subsequent resurrection three days after his death, the gate to return to our Heavenly Father has been opened. I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ is upon this Earth and is led by a prophet of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints contains all of the teachings and ordinances that are necessary to return as a family unit to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ The only true and lasting happiness and peace that can be found in this life is following the fullness of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith is at the core of my life and that of my family. We strive to live the teachings of Jesus Christ on a daily basis and try to set an example to other people of high moral character and true discipleship of Jesus Christ. Weekly Sunday attendance with my family to Church meetings and activities has been one of the highest priorities in my life. My family and I conduct consistent family prayer, scripture study, and weekly Family Home Evening. We make spending time together as a family a high priority by supporting each others activities, sports, and school events. We plan holiday and vacations together and encourage our children to be good friends to each other. We strive as a family to provide service to local community groups and organizations. I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America program and the teaching of youth for numerous years. My two oldest sons have earned their Eagle Scout recognition from the Boy Scouts of America and they have both served missions for the LDS Church in Russia and North Carolina.