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Hi I'm Don

I'm a retired CFO and the all-time quarterback on the family football team, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Southern California, I was reared by a single mom, who still had her sense of humor when she died at 92. When I was a teenager, my mother felt a prompting to relocate to Salt Lake City even though she knew no one and had no job prospects. The move led to my becoming friends with Mormons who invited me to play basketball with them. I began attending church with them and saw the gospel come alive in the ways that the families worked together and loved each other. I decided that I wanted my future family to be like that, and so I asked to be baptized. After baptism I served in the Navy on a guided missile frigate and then was called on a mission to Scotland. College and an MBA led to a 40 year career in finance. I have created my dream house where my wife and I welcome our children and grandchildren yearly for a 4th of July reunion.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young man before my mission, I was reading the Book of Mormon one evening and well into the night. The spirit of the Holy Ghost was so strong, confirming to me that it was true, I could not put the book down. Sometime later, while I was preparing to be an LDS missionary, I was feeling afraid and alone, questioning my testimony. I spoke to the president of the missionary training center, expressing my doubts and fears. He asked me only one question, "Do you know the Book of Mormon is true?" Given my previous experience, the spirit rested upon me, reaffirming my testimony of the Book of Mormon. That knowledge has directed my life ever since.

How I live my faith

As I have served in leadership positions in the church, I have been witness to miracles, answers to prayers, and changes in people's lives as they dedicated themselves to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. My 75 year old mother gained a testimony of the church, in part, because of the faithful caring of neighborhood Mormons. That has strengthened my desire to reach out and care for those around me.