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Hi I'm Douglas Craig Smith

I'm from Arizona. I currently live in Pennsylvania. I'm a husband, father, field engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a husband and father while attending a university to finish my degree in chemical engineering. Since graduation, I have been a patent analyst and now, a field engineer in the oil and gas industry. I enjoy the arts, music and being able to share life experiences with others in conversation. I was a painting contractor for many years specializing in faux/decorative effects. The many influences that give me strength in this life is my family, my hobby of podcasting, remodeling my 40+ year old home, and of course, sharing the gospel. I have a continuing passion to learn new things and seeing new places. I have been able to travel to Europe, both for a mission and separately as a tourist. While meeting so many new people from around the United States and the world, I have come to love the fact that everyone is a child of God and has wants, needs, and desires that are similar to my own. Everyone wants to be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone has had a moment in their lives where everything they have believed in gets questioned. My story is very similar to the troubles many have at my age. I had graduated college with a wife and two children and many thousands of dollars in student loans. Problem was... I didn't have a career to start regardless of my best efforts over the previous 18 months. Upon graduation, I was left to find employment in the very same job that I had left to go to school. It wasn't going to pay enough to set my family of course of self-reliance nor did it relate to what I had studied. After a couple of weeks, my wife and I learned that our landlord was not going to renew our lease. We had to find somewhere to live and we needed to find it immediately. My work was not supplied enough income, so we were left to live in the spare room at my parents house. My wife, my son, my daughter, and myself all living in a 200 square foot room. This was the moment I began to doubt. How could this happen to me? I was doing what I thought to be the right thing to do. Why wasn't there a way prepared for me to better take care of my family? What had I done wrong? Everyone has the moment when they doubt... and everyone has a moment when they believe. I can still remember when receiving a job, however not fulfilling, I had accepted it graciously and with faith that better things would come our way. We were making plans to move out of my parents and had put a non-refundable deposit on an apartment. Still better things awaited. After that trial and reliance on faith, an even better career opportunity, one related to my education, became available. We had to move from Arizona to Pennsylvania to make it happen, but the blessing that have come from it have been immeasurable. We all face time of light and periods of dark. Sometimes all that is left, after all we can do ourselves, is keep the faith. I know my Father in Heaven is looking over my family. I know Jesus lives. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I choose to live my faith by being an example of clean living. I have been able to demonstrate my lack of coffee consumption and distance from viewing inappropriate material while at work which has raised questions about my lifestyle. This inevitably leads to an impromptu discussion of the gospel and how it has benefited my life by giving direction and leading me to have more opportunities of self discovery.