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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a convert. I did not know what a gift I was being given. There is indeed a pattern for happiness!

About Me

San Francisco, 1968. Met a young woman from Utah who came to work in my office. We dated. She introduced me to a couple of young men who wore white shirts and both had the same first name of Elder. She returned to Utah and left me trying to decide if I was interested in the LDS Church because of her or because it spoke to my heart and was true. On a night in November on a secluded beach south of San Francisco, I was given my answer. And 45 years later, having tested the truthfulness of this faith, I have come to clearly understand the wonderful gift I received that night as I offered an earnest prayer asking for direction.

Why I am a Mormon

There is no organization on earth that requires so much of its members. There is no organization that gives so much. There is no organization that stretches and tests and teaches and offers both temporal and spiritual growth. It is a unique organization as, of course, it must be, given its divine origin. But in spite of that answer to my prayer on the beach in San Francisco, it is having lived these 45 years of life as an active member that has convinced me of the truthfulness of this gospel. It has come step by simple step. And there is great happiness -- deep daily appreciation -- for being shown a pattern that has made life sweet. Strong loving connections with my children and grandchildren; confidence in my relationship with my beautiful wife; gratitude for associations with great people who share a desire to build and encourage and grow. These are the reasons I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I had grown up as a member of a Protestant church and attended regularly with my parents. But the lifestyle change after my baptism as a 20-something was, nonetheless, dramatic. Clayton Christensen has written that the LDS Church is where state-of-the-art Christianity is practiced, and, for me, the transition from observer to doer was challenging. It was also amazingly rewarding. Most of life's greatest experiences have come directly from my association with the men, women and youth of this Church. And all of life's spiritual highlights have come directly from those associations which have required me to grow beyond my self-perceived boundaries. It is impossible to express my gratitude for those opportunities and experiences.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of this marvelous organization gives purpose and opportunity to my daily life. In spite of some natural tendency on my part to "hold back" or stand on the sidelines of life, the Church has lovingly and consistently offered a pattern of involvement and expectation that has been an incredible blessing. I did not always have that understanding. It has taken most of a lifetime to begin to recognize what our Heavenly Father sees in each of us as His children. Show more Show less