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Hi I'm Duane Volk

I'm a native of North Dakota. I retired from the US Air Force. I'm a husband, father, and grandfather. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 28 years. I have 4 children and 5 grand children. I love doing anything that involves family. I am a military retiree and I now work as a contractor for the military. I love snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, fishing and many other outdoor activities. I find joy in serving others and currently serve as a lay minister in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home and in a faith that provided me with some fundamental truths about God. Some of the doctrines of that faith caused confusion for me and did not answer many of my questions about my purpose here. Eventually I found myself wandering spiritually. I knew that I needed God in my life and I was certain there was more to life than what I knew. I always had a desire to serve Him, but did not understand how that could happen, given my background in another faith. My desires for more in life led me to call out to Heavenly Father in prayer that He might guide me. I soon found myself blessed with the friendship of an LDS family who seemed to have something that I felt lacking. I then found myself meeting with two Mormon Missionaries teaching truths that I had not yet known. As they taught the Holy Spirit burned in my heart. I felt what they were teaching was true. I accepted their challenge to come to know these things for myself and I inquired of my Heavenly Father through my own prayers. Even in those personal prayers, the Holy spirit again confirmed the truth of their teachings to me. I could not deny their teachings. There was no more confusion for me. I agreed to be baptized and committed to live the things I was taught. I can say without doubt that living the doctrines of Christ, keeping the commandments and keeping covenants that I have made with Heavenly Father has yielded real direction peace and joy in my life. I am a Mormon because I have applied the promise of Moroni (a prophet of God in the Book of Mormon)..."And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." This simple promise of personal revelation has brought me direction, peace and joy.

How I live my faith

We are taught that faith without works is dead. My faith has been predominantly lived through service to others. Perhaps the greatest way that I have tried to live my faith is in the way that I behave. The gospel of Jesus Christ have brought me much happiness as I have lived it. Beyond that, I have felt my first responsibility to share that knowledge with those that I love by first teaching my family about God and his plan for us. I have tried to live a life of service to God in hopes that my example would be one that my children would follow. I have always made myself available to serve in the Church and I love the way that callings have come to me. I now serve as a Stake leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Much of my service has enabled me to work closely with the youth of the Church. I am a scouter and have the great opportunity to serve and teach our young men within the Scouting program. I am also able to work within the Young Women programs in our Church and an able to teach and serve them as well. I am able to assist in organizing and planning our large youth events (dances, conferences, camps, service projects, etc). I also serve as a home teacher to assigned families within our congregation. Each month I visit these families and teach them spiritual messages and serve them where they may need assistance. Many of the activities within my Church service has involved service in the community. All of our organizations work to serve the community we live in. I have participated in everything from caring for local cemeteries, to helping to beautify and improve local national parks, and making improvements to local sports venues, as well as collecting and providing food for local food banks. In every case, my faith drives service to family, friends, neighbors and community; and in every case it always yields joy!

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Duane Volk
Tithing is not so much a Mormon law as much as it is God's law. It is one way we prove ourselves willing to trust in Him and exercise faith in Him. He, in turn, promises to bless us for adherence to that law. For me, I have lived it for many years and I can testify that He truly opens the windows of heaven and has poured special blessings on me and my family. In living this law and applying the faith that is required, I have come to see his hand in my life. I have marveled about what I have been able to do with the 90% that remains after I pay my tithes. I have found that it has blessed my wife and I to be wiser with what remains. Many of God's laws are given to bless our lives and for the express purpose that we might come to know Him. Show more Show less