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Hi I'm Douglas Al Knapp

I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hi! My name is Doug! I just retired after 38 wonderful years helping young people make decisions! It was great! Will I miss it? You bet. Am I glad to be going? You bet. I have very few regrets, having given each day the best I could at that time. Besides, I have made other plans and now...I get to spend 24-7 with the girl of my dreams, who has also retired and after 40 years of marriage is still my sweetheart and best friend. How bad can that be? After welcoming 7 beautiful, but challenging little ones into our family and learning from them as they endured our well-meaning, but sometimes a bit ragged parenting, we find our nest empty. They have all married and our family circle is bulging with 27 bubbly, energetic grandchildren. We see ghosts of the past from our own parenting challenges appear in the anxious, but confident faces of our children. After all, who does not want to be a good parent? I am glad it is their turn to have a house full! Since we married, my wife and I have prayed for the day when we would find ourselves debt free, in good health and able to devote our lives to furthering the work of Jesus Christ on the earth. That dream came true recently with our call to serve in the South America South Area of the Church. We can't wait to get started

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of Mormons. We went to church each Sunday. We studied the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our home when I was a child. As a teenager I attended religion classes each day as part of my high school experience and learned much about the doctrines and history of the Mormon Church. I think I have always believed that the Mormon Church is Christ's church on the earth, but was not certain why other churches were not just as valid in their worship. It was not until I came to understand the importance of church ordinances that I really came to appreciate the need for man to have the authority of God and the power to do his work here on the earth. I read and studied the life of Joseph Smith and read and studied the Book of Mormon and I know that he was truly called of God and that this book contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Spirit has spoken to my heart and I know that God lives. He is my Heavenly Father. He has a plan for me that includes my growing and proving myself while here on the earth. I pray and study each day in order to be able to endure the challenges and trials that come my way so that I can return with honor to my Father above.

How I live my faith

For the past 3 years I have been assigned as member of the Stake High Council, which is a group of 12 men in a geographic location that oversees the progress of the Church in that area. I have been working with Spanish speaking people who have come here seeking a better life than the one they had in their native countries. I didn't realize that there are many who come from countries other than Mexico and have enjoyed my association with friends from El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, Panama, Chile, and Ecuador. I have been expected to check on both the temporal and spiritual welfare of these people and have found them to be very warm, friendly, and loving. I also have 3 families that I am expected to visit each month with a spiritual message of encouragement and love. I enjoy this service to others.