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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in Oregon and Utah. I'm an electrical engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a 17 year old cat. I finally got married! I am a tall (6'8") skinny guy working on getting stronger through a powerlifting exercise program, that I've gotten some good results from so far. I decided to mostly give up video games, tv, movies, and other popular media, and I have more free time to do other, better things as a result.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. I put in the time and read the entire Bible (King James version), as well as all of the LDS scriptures: Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. I had faith to pray about things and try out some of the stuff they teach at church. Through many experiences and testing things and having faith and persisting, I found out more truth. God has answered me many times. I'm going to keep going to church and doing some of the stuff they teach at church, and hopefully I'll do more of it as I keep persisting.

How I live my faith

I do indexing (typing in geneology records so computer can search them) on the computer. I go to church every Sunday, and sometimes teach the Gospel Principles lesson. My wife and I try to read scriptures and have family prayer every day. Currently my calling is Ward Missionary, so I do splits with full-time Missionaries. Splits are when non full time missionaries go with one of the two full time missionaires assigned to our area so they can visit more people in a given night.

What is faith?

I read a book the other day about the history of math. Euclid had 10 things he thought were true but thought were self evident and so didn't/couldn't prove that he used to prove many other things that followed from them. People tried to prove one of his declared true things by using the other ones but couldn't and finally modern math people declared this particular true thing can't be proven using other things but stands on its own. He had faith in those 10 things, and they turned out to be correct enough for practical application. So math is essentially faith based on the "axioms" or "postulates", and then (hopefully) logical for making many deductions based on those. We all use faith every day. If we didn't believe we could make money in the stock market, we wouldn't put our money in it. We don't know it will go up, but we hope and believe so, and act on that by putting our money in it, even though it could go down. Experiments are faith based. We believe that something might be true, and test it out to see if it is. Show more Show less