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Hi I'm Don White

I was born in California and moved to Utah when I was 11 years old. I was not a Mormon then, but I am now and grateful for it.

About Me

I am a father whose children are all married and have their own families. I love to visit them and enjoy my relationships with my grandchildren. I love hunting, fishing, my family, and just being in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, a person from another religion expressed his beliefs. I must have been about 9 or 10 years of age. I was not a Mormon at the time. Actually, I had never heard of the Mormons. I asked my mom and dad if I could join his church. They said no. Since that time, I had been interested in religion. My mom and I went to the Baptist church and I attended there for a while, but I was bored. Not saying that what they were teaching was wrong, they did their best with what teachings they had, but it didn't suite me. When I was about 11 years old, things around my neighborhood was getting rough because of the gangs that infiltrated the area so my father wanted to get his family out of there. He had been to Utah before and thought this would be a good place to relocate. He put in for a job and got hired immediately. The first day of elementary school in Utah, I was asked by a boy if I was a Mormon. I said no. During my schooling in Utah I met a Navajo Indian boy who was living with a foster family that I became friends with. He took me home one day and I met his foster family. I felt a good feeling in that home and knew that something was right. I went home and told mom and dad about this family and their religion. We began taking the missionary discussions and were soon baptized and confirmed into the church. Our entire family of five. I now look back and think that was not a coincidence, the Lord led us on the path to the gospel. All we had to do was accept it.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving others because it helps them and I feel a sense of joy after I serve. I know that I make my Savior Jesus Christ smile when I serve others. At least every month my companion and I visit assigned families and teach them the gospel and ask if they have needs. If we can be of service to them, we provide that service. I study the scriptures and pray daily that I may have the spirit with me wherever I go or whatever I do. I love to teach the youth of the church because they are special and they end up teaching more than I teach them.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Don White
Have you ever asked in your mind why are you here on the earth living at this time? Have you ever wondered where you came from? Why are you here and where you are going after this life? Did you ever think it possible that you could be like God our Heavenly Father? He tells us that we can be because he loves us and he makes it possible for us. There are things we need to do to get there however. We have to gain a physical body which we have, we have to exercise our agency and choose between good and evil, we have to be tested, meaning learn the experiences needed to be more like our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less