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Hi I'm Doug Howell

Married 29 years with four amazing kids. I'm a reader, a worker, a thrill junkie, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in California and moved to Utah after marrying an amazing woman (we knew each other three months of weekends before marrying). I never expected to live in Utah but got a job here before I finished college and have never left. Now, Utah is in my blood. I love it here. I have a degree in Marketing and for most of my career have been involved in the commercial side of business requiring a lot of travel (39 countries and 48 states, most of them many times) but there's no place I'd rather go, or be, than home. As a kid I earned my Eagle Scout (and three palms) and spent a lot of time in and out of Scouts looking for the next daredevil stunt to do. I love and appreciate things that are fast, beautiful, sleek and elegant. I use to fly planes, can't wait 'till the kids are grown so I can sky dive again, and want to retire early so I can travel the world with my wife (rather than business) telling everyone what makes us happy. I'm a handyman around the house and wish I could fix more things. I like people who hold a door, say "Yes ma'am", please and thank you, who let the other person go/talk first, and who pretend to be interested in what I have to say. I've been blessed with four amazing kids who do what's right and are nice. Most of our money these days go to Utah State. My wife is the cream of the crop and continues to be patient with my thinking I'm still thirteen years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I had an experience as an 18 year old that taught me in an undeniable way that Jesus Christ lives. I felt His power and authority in a particular instant that I called upon Him for help. That moment in time taught me that Jesus Christ lives and that He is in control. The experience also taught me that Satan is real and wants control. But the experience isn't why I'm a Mormon, though it IS why I love the Church. I'm a Mormon because my soul has received witness after witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the "church" to Mormons) is the Savior's church; the same gospel and authority that He established on the earth 2,000 years ago. The foundation of my belief is a result of the Book of Mormon. I've never had any earth-shattering moment of insight or spiritual enlightenment that told me that book is what it purports to be. But I know through quiet witnesses to my soul that the man who brought it to light could not have written it. I know that the evidences of that book to those who read it with a desire to know more about Jesus Christ are extraordinary and varied. I know that the book is a companion witness to the New Testament. I know there are those that swear the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith are fakes. In the end, for me it boils down to the gentle witnesses I have received over time as I've read and studied the book with real intent to learn and to know about the Savior of mankind. The doctrine of the gospel contained in the Book of Mormon makes perfect sense when viewed with an eye of faith. I was once a Mormon because I believed in the truth of that book. I'm now a Mormon because I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do things I think my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ want and expect me to do. I pray every day, read scriptures and uplifting books, and try to learn as much about the gospel and the life of Christ that I can. I contribute to great causes and help people I think are in need. I try to fulfill my responsibility to my wife and children by honoring them, being true to them, and treating them as God would want me to treat His children. I live my faith by thinking often about the great sacrifice made by Jesus Christ to pay for my sins and redeem mankind. I realize I'm a poor Christian and missionary but long to be better. I like to keep to myself and admittedly I'm hard to get to know, but I appreciate those that try. How I live my faith for me isn't a social engagement or experiment, it's an attitude of personal devotion that I'm always trying, often failing, to improve on.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Doug Howell
Joseph Smith as a poor, uneducated boy who grew to be a man of great faith. He spent his live devoted to doing the will of the Savior, in restoring His gospel to the earth under His direction. Joseph was a prophet, seer and leader. He was a mortal man with mortal frailties trying to do his best. He was a man of principle and courage. He did not choose to be what he became. He was chosen to become what he was. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Doug Howell
Mormon women are hard-working, loving, beautiful, and devoted to their children and spouses. They are educated and talented and contribute to their communities through providing service and mentoring for others. They are what holds us together. Show more Show less