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Hi I'm Don

I was a career soldier in the United States Army and later served as a Department of Defense civilian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy being with family--especially my wife and our grandchildren. Grandchildren have added a new dimension to my life. I also enjoy participating in physical activities such as swimming and weight training. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve with and lead magnificent soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines throughout my career. Some of my most memorable experiences include helping design and execute humanitarian assistance missions in the former Soviet Union and Mexico. I was always impressed with the appreciation shown by those who received this support and grateful to have represented a nation that values helping others in need.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe it contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, including the authority to act in His name on earth. Our standard works (i.e. Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) contain the word of God and enable me to better understand the magnificence and power of the Savior's atonement (i.e. repentance, help through the challenges of life, and resurrection). I am grateful for a living prophet who provides counsel for our times. My wife and I were married in one of our many temples and have the faith that we can live with our family for the eternities. I'm grateful to be a member of a church that closely follows the organization and tenants of the original church organized by Jesus Christ and whose members truly care and help each other during times of need.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the LDS Church has provided me many opportunities to be of service to others, including those not of our faith. When I was 19 years old, I was privileged to serve a two-year mission to Spanish-speaking people in Central America. I grew to have a deep respect and admiration for them and their culture. Over the past 40 years, I have personally observed the explosive growth of our church in this part of the world. I have also been privileged to serve in various unpaid positions in our church wherever we lived including Scoutmaster. My wife and I were recently asked to serve as welfare specialists in the Caribbean. Beginning in late summer of 2014, we will live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for 18 months at our own expense. We will help manage our church's large humanitarian service program throughout the Caribbean which is administered without regard to religious affiliation.