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Hi I'm Don Thurman

I grew up in Sacramento, worked 34 years for the IRS in Utah and retired 12 years ago. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young man I began doubting the existence of God. I was born into an active LDS home and I went to church and youth activities while growing up and got my Eagle Scout award too. I thought the teachings were good, but I had secret doubts about God and religion in general. I talked to my older sister about my feelings and she strongly encouraged my to never doubt the existence of God, so I began trying harder to find some way to know if God existed. In the LDS church we have a monthly meeting where people who feel the Spirit prompting them stand up and bear testimony of their beliefs. I had done this as a child, but not since them, and I was now about 18 years old. As I sat in the meeting, a very strong feeling came over me that I needed to stand up too. I kept fighting it off, but felt like if I didn't stand up I was literally going to die on the spot. Just before the meeting ended, at the very last minute, I stood up. All I said was, "I know that God lives!", and I did. As I sat down I was filled up with a burning sensation. We sing a song titled, "The Spirit of God Like A Fire Is Burning." That was what and how I felt! From that point on my faith grew and increased until I left my schooling to serve as a missionary in Germany for 2 1/2 years. I have had many experiences since then that confirm to me that God and Christ are real beings who love me in spite of my weaknesses and failings. I have been greatly blessed in my life, more than I could have ever imagined.

Why I am a Mormon

Another experience that strengthened my faith happened when I was in college. I was driving to a Young Adult dance with my non-LDS friend Jerry when I distinctly heard a voice say to me, "Slow Down!" I heard it clearly. In my smart aleck attitude I mentally responded, "Why?" And then I knew. A car had pulled out to turn left and had stopped right in front of me. No seat belts in those days! I slammed on the brakes and swerved to the right, missed his rear end then saw a telephone pole and swerved to the left. Then I saw open road & relaxed. In that instant the car flipped onto its top. I thought perhaps I was dead as I watched the sparks flying around me. The car rotated about 360 degrees and then came to a stop on its side. Both windshields were gone. I waited a second and said, "Jerry, you okay?" He said, "Yeah! Let's get outa here!" We climbed out through the front window. Then I reached back in and turned off the engine. In the midst of the accident I felt literally as if I was strapped tightly into my seat. Neither of us was hurt. Jerry had on a jacket with thick shoulder pads. His shoulder had rested against the top of the car. The heat from the melting roof had burned 2/3 of the way through the shoulder pad. I learned from this that God knew me and cared about what happened to me. A few months later I left on a mission for the LDS Church in western Germany. I have since married and have 6 children (one deceased) and 8 grandchildren, all great blessings to me!

How I live my faith

One of the most enjoyable things I like to do is serve my fellow beings. I do this by volunteering to work in the LDS Church Mill in Kaysville, at the cannery in Ogden, at Deseret Industries and at the Bishop's Storehouse, and by trying to be a good husband, father and grandfather. I also participate in community service projects and in helping people in need in our local community. I also take seriously my responsibility to be knowledgeable about local and national politics and I vote in every election. I also have served in many capacities in the church organization, including Scout Master, Cub Master (twice) and as clerical and financial assistant to the ward leadership. As one of our Articles of Faith states, I "believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men..." I try to follow the example of Christ in my daily life and to show love and care for all people.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Don Thurman
One of our 13 Articles of Faith states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly..." As a missionary in Germany I found out at least one reason for adding this qualification. The King James Bible, the Martin Luther German translation, and the Bible Society of Latin America's Spanish translation all state in Job 19:26 "...in my flesh I shall see God." However the German Evangelical Church's newer translation states in the same place, "...without my flesh I will see God." Clearly the accuracy and correctness of the translation makes a difference. German Evangelical Church does not believe in a physical resurrection Show more Show less