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Hi I'm Douglas

I was born and raised in Scotland.Had career as a police officer. Now a Director in several organisations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Had career in Police Service. Afterwards involved in community work and was elected member in a local authority, non-exec. Director of a Health Board and enjoyed various other positions. Currently working as a non-exec. Director for several organisations in public sector. Married for over 45 years with 4 sons and 12 grandchildren. Was an Elder in Church of Scotland for several years but converted over 30 years ago after reading the Book of Mormon and receiving discussions with missionaries. It changed my life for the better. I'm far more conscious of the worth of souls, am far more appreciative and treat others as I'd like to be treated myself. It's good to see my grandchildren growing up with good standards and values which will be a protection to them in times to come. I enjoy reading, sport (although most likely to be watching rather than participating these days), meeting new people, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Scotland and became a member of that church when I was 17 years of age. I was ordained as an Elder in that church when I was just 25 years old and enjoyed my fellowship for several years. However, as I continued to study the scriptures there were several things pertaining to the doctrine of the church which bothered me, particularly the doctrine of infant baptism and the doctrine of the trinity. I spoke about my concerns with my local minister on a couple of occasions to no avail so continued my own research at the reference library for about a couple of years. I had told my minister that I could no longer discharge my responsibilities as a Elder because of my strong reservations about the doctrines of the church and my inability to square them with the teachings of the scriptures. During this time of inquiry and indecision, two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on my door. I was anxious to hear their message and invited them into my home. As they taught, I could feel the hair on the back of my neck rising and a silent bell was ringing in my mind which said "What these Elders are teaching you is the truth." When I prayed with them that evening I could hardly catch my breath and I knew that I had to learn more about Mormonism. I devoted the next few weeks to reading the Book of Mormon, discussing the book with the Elders, and doing a lot of praying to receive a spiritual witness of the Book of Mormon and particularly whether Joseph Smith was a prophet and had had the experiences he claimed to have had. Through hard work and prayer I eventually received that witness and was baptised one evening with my wife and another 5 people. A few months later, after receiving the Priesthood I baptised my eldest son. He is now serving as a Stake President, having previously served as a missionary for the Church for 2 years. My other sons were also baptised, and the Church has been a blessing to my .family.

How I live my faith

For more than 45 years I have contributed to my community by starting a number of initiatives eg Victim Support Scheme, a Boxing Club, an organisation to help disabled people, a University of the Third Age for retired people, while involving myself with community groups such as the local community council, Gala committee, and accepting invitations to be a pro bono non-exec. Director of two community organisations. I've been involved since the inception of a local Faith Forum and promote inter faith dialogue. A police officer for almost 27 years, helping others became second nature, and whilst still serving in the police also trained as a youth and community worker to enable me to work effectively in youth clubs with young people. I have cherished my membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and over the last 30 years have been called to serve in various callings including that of a bishop, and counsellor in a Mission Presidency. I also served with my wife for 2 years as a Public Affairs missionary in Scotland. Currently I'm serving as a counsellor to the bishop and as a Home Teacher. I very much enjoy my responsibility to reach out to others, to set a good example, to do what I can to help others in difficulties and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Any person of 8 years of age and over can become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through baptism by immersion and by the laying on of hands by those in authority to receive the Holy Ghost, irrespective of race, ethnicity, skin colour, religious background or nationality. By the same token, all males aged 12 years and over can be ordained to the Priesthood if they demonstrate by their faith, actions and worthiness that they will honour and respect that Priesthood, recognising that is the means through which service is rendered to all. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons is a nickname used to refer to people who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The word "Mormons" was coined after the Book of Mormon, a book of ancient scripture compiled by prophets of old describing their journeying and experiences over a passage of about 1,000 years. One of the 'books' comprising the Book of Mormon was written by a prophet by the name of Mormon. In essence when asked "Who are the Mormons?" the answer could simply be "your next door neighbour", "the local postman", "one of the teachers at the local Primary school," "the mechanic at the garage on the next street," or any one of a number of alternatives. The truth is that Mormons are ordinary people, employed in everyday occupations, in streets throughout the length and breadth of the country, but who have a devotion to Jesus Christ, to their family, and who try to live in such a way as to be model citizens, supporting the rule of law and living according to Christian values. What is perhaps extraordinary about Mormons is that they are to be found attending church each Sunday as they take their discipleship of Jesus Christ seriously. They neither drink alcohol or smoke tobacco, and abstain from drinking tea and coffee as these are prohibited by the Health Code known as 'The Word of Wisdom' which was revealed to a prophet of God by revelation in answer to his prayer. And Mormons strive to treat others with kindness, respect, dignity and exercise charity in daily life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith is regarded as a special prophet by Mormons inasmuch as he was the instrument through which God restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all its glory and majesty to the earth. But he has never been someone to be worshiped - simply respected, revered and admired as all our prophets are. Mormons are grateful for the devotion and sacrifice of Joseph Smith, recognising that he was not perfect, but that he applied himself, as he was called of God to do, not only to teach, expound and to evangelise, but also to translate the writing on ancient metal plates which had been buried in a stone box set into a hillside and to publish these writings in what is now known as the Book of Mormon. It was Joseph Smith's perseverance, determination, and faith which built the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his unique leadership skills which ensured that the Church and its message would flourish long after he was martyred. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

On the contrary. Many Mormons contribute regularly to the Church Humanitarian Aid fund which alleviates poverty and provides humanitarian assistance to the impoverished and destitute and homeless throughout the world irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, or faith tradition (or none). It is not unusual to see Mormon congregations contribute to their local Food Bank to help those in difficult circumstances. Mormons take very seriously the scriptural injunction "When ye are in the service of your fellow man, ye are in the service of God." Service to others has become part of the Mormon DNA. Show more Show less