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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in Maryland. I am a professor. I have eight brilliant children. I am a kind, interfaith, East Coast Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy being a hybrid Mormon. My father read the Book of Mormon in Athens when he served in the U.S. Navy; my mother is a descendant of Mormon pioneers. I feel most comfortable outside of the high-density Mormon states in the Western United States (Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona). After attending graduate school in Utah, Texas, and Michigan, I taught at universities in Massachusetts, France, Nevada, California, and Michigan before returning home to Washington, DC in 2006. For the last seven years, I have been working full-time on the improvement of strategy formation, strategy management, and strategy implementation processes in the U.S. national security system. Not an easy job! In addition to leading an exciting life at work, I am a newlywed with eight children. I have three amazing sons from my first marriage; my wife has two boys and two girls from her first marriage. We met at a church dance on March 12, 2011, and were married in the Washington DC temple on October 29, 2011. Our eighth child was born on October 27, 2012 -- a smart little boy with a great sense of humor who is now fourteen months old. We are all very happy with our untraditional Mormon family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were unselfish and kind people who devoted themselves to living Mormon lives on the East Coast. Being Mormon protected me from a wide variety of self-destructive paths that I could have taken as a teenager, in my twenties, as a young father, as a divorced man, and in my current role as an older father. Each week, when I take the sacrament at my church, I use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to repent of my sins and try to become a better person. My wife and I found each other, and continue to find great joy, within the Mormon faith. We are both committed to helping bridge the divide between Mormons and non-Mormons; there are far too many mindless prejudices on both side of that divide. We took the baby and one of our college-age daughters to Haiti in June 2013 to study how Haiti is recovering from the January 2010 earthquake. We plan to continue our family project of helping to build small resilient interfaith communities around the world. I wish you happiness in your spiritual tradition, whatever it might be, and hope that you will consider me your brother in that struggle.

How I live my faith

We are engaged participants in our spiritual tradition. I drive our seventh child to scripture study classes that begin each morning at 6:10 a.m.; he has youth activities on Wednesday evening as well. We are very proud of him. He will be serving a two-year mission for our church very soon. I serve our spiritual community as a volunteer outreach facilitator. Our strategy is "Have a gospel conversation with a non-member each week." My favorite part of the calling is teaching a "Gospel Principles" Sunday School class each week. This allows me to see my spiritual tradition through new eyes each week. My wife serves our spiritual community as an expert in interfaith collaboration. This has allowed us, in the last year, to spend time at events hosted by Zoroastrians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Amadiyyah Muslims, atheists, and a wide variety of Christian faiths. We are proud of all eight of children and the diverse spiritual paths they are pursuing, inside and outside of the Mormon faith, and hope that our choices make them feel loved and happy.