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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in Phoenix. My wife and I have 5 children and several grandchildren. I'm a software engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy photography. I have a nice Canon camera, but I'm still learning how to use it. I have a few pictures I'm especially proud of that I took at the beach in Galveston, Texas as the sun was rising. I've been in the software industry for many years. I've worked for AT&T and Microsoft and other companies. My favorite projects were implementing computer graphics and imaging systems. I love spending time with my wife and my children and grand-children. Without them, life wouldn't be nearly as meaningful or fun. I find that when I can make them happy, it makes me happy too. In the past five years, I've had two surgeries - one to repair my shoulder after a car accident and another to repair my hip. My shoulder seems as good as new, but my hip still bothers me. I worked hard to be able to run a 10K this summer. Not only did I finish the race, my time wasn't too bad either.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has taught me who I am and who I can become. To know that I am one of God's children and that He loves me and has a plan for me and that He wants me to return to Him has given meaning and purpose to my life. The holy scriptures teach goodness and values and the purposes of God in a way that transcends anything men and women could accomplish on their own. The virtues of love and family and service and faith and integrity that are taught by God and by His prophets are what make life good and are what make us happy and help us live in a way that we can return to Him someday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches nothing but goodness and love. The leaders are called by the spirit of God, not to put them in a position of power or fame, but to enable them to serve and teach others the way Jesus would. When I live the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of the Mormon church, I feel close to God and to my family - I feel good and right. When I ignore those teachings, I feel lousy. It's as simple as that. My prayers have been answered many, many times in miraculous ways. I know that God lives and that He loves me and that His hand is guiding the Mormon church. I want to be part of that. I want others to have the same happiness I have. Everyone can and everyone will if they will prayerfully seek to know the truth and to follow it.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve others in my church. I enjoy teaching the gospel, especially to children. They love to hear stories about Jesus and the prophets and the scriptures. They know instinctively that the stories are true, and they want to do right. I spend an evening every week helping in the temple where we perform priesthood ordinances, such as baptism, for our ancestors who didn't have that opportunity. The youth love to come to the temple. They feel the presence of the Lord there, and they love to serve Him by helping their departed ancestors. I love it too. I've served as a clerk over finances for one of our church units for the past 4 years or so. My responsibilities were to help the leaders of each organization (youth, men, women, etc.) with their budgets and to reimburse them for expenses related to their activities. It wasn't my favorite assignment, but it was another way I could serve. Every service opportunity is a way to thank Heavenly Father for all He's given me.