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Hi I'm Don

I'm a Canadian and became a Mormon in 1992 because of the spiritual force of the love of my life, my wife.

About Me

I have been a teacher, principal, senior administrator and academic support person for Early Childhood, elementary, secondary and adult education for over fifty years. My career was in the province of Ontario, Canada; however, since my retirement in 1998 I have had educational assignments in Myanmar (Burma), Egypt, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Mexico and Brazil. Probably the very best international education experience happened in Myanmar when my wife and I were humanitarian missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although we did a wide variety of humanitarian projects in the two years that we spent in Myanmar our key assignment was the teaching of English to high school English teachers. To this day I still marvel how the Lord guided us from project to project.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Alma, in the Book of Mormon I read "why do you procrastinate the day of your repentance"? That question challenged me to think of why I was not joining this religion that my wife treasured. My initial response was that I would not join anything that I didn't know absolutely everything about. Reflection revealed to me that even though I was a long-time educator I certainly could not claim that I know everything there was to know about education so why was I putting a stricter standard on joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once I learned that baptism was a 'gate' through which one entered the Church and that from that time on one learned 'line upon line and precept upon precept' and that as we could understand and live a principle more would be added unto us, then I took joy in being a Mormon. It is very comforting to know that I can be a life-long learner and take that knowledge with me in the afterlife and continue to add unto it there. I say, with all sincerity that I have always had a good life. A life with a wonderful wife and family, good friends and a rewarding career. As good as my life has been it has been and is better since I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

In the twenty plus years that I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have had almost every position that one could have at the local level. These have all added to my understanding of how Christ's Church is organized and operates. Being a Latter-day Saint is not for those who want a Sunday only religion. The beauty of this faith is that there is so much that one can do that your faith becomes an integral part of your everyday life. I firmly believe that this 'every day' involvement in learning about our Saviour or doing God's work helps one to be a kinder, gentler person.