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Hi I'm Doug

I grew up in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah in the 60's and 70's. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I like to run, garden, and visit with family and friends. I enjoy meeting people and learning of their beliefs and customs. I've been married to my wonderful wife for 29 years. We have not been blessed with children, but love being around them.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the church, I had to come to my own conclusions and not rely solely on those around me. I was called to serve a mission for the church in Guatemala. It was an incredible experience that has forever changed my life. I was called to learn two languages, Spanish and Quiche, which is a Mayan language, (not pronounced like the egg dish:) I was able to see the effects of the gospel on some of the poorest people on planet earth. I can say with certainty that the principles of the gospel will lead the world out of poverty more than anything mankind has invented on their own. I wish every American could see what life is like in the third world. There's no way for me to summarize what the Gospel of Jesus Christ means and has done for me. It means everything. I can't begin to express my gratitude to My Heavenly Father for everything. I would hope and pray that everyone could consider the invitation to be baptized into the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continue progressing toward our great Reunion with Him.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve in the Church with people of all ages. My wife and I have served in the Jordan River Temple for 18 years. It has been wonderful to participate with others. I love talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it has practical, beautiful applications in everyday life. I've tried to remind myself that faith is a process, and it's o.k. to not have all answers. It would cease to be faith.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Doug
Joseph Smith Jr. was called as the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1800's in New York State. But we believe the church is an extension to the beginning. We believe that Adam was the first prophet and Joseph Smith received a more recent appointment of the same "work" and Gospel. We believe the Lord Himself to be the "founder". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Doug
Our doctrine is clear: we can only be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we do, our ordinances, our prayers, our activities, our personal lives, our family lives, etc. is done in His name. We believe that "...no flesh... can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah." (2 Nephi 2:8) Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Doug
In a similar way our society has authorized officials in various areas, the Lord has authorized His servants in all eras of the dispensing of His gospel. One may claim authority from Him, but Hebrews 5:4 probably makes it clearest who meets this requirement. "No man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.". Aaron was called by a living prophet, Moses. We believe no man can act without having a living prophet of God authorize all ordinances. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Doug
The Atonement of Jesus Christ was made through His life, teachings, suffering, death and resurrection as an answer to the consequences of the fall of Adam and Eve. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we have a hope of accomplishing our purposes and returning to our heavenly home to live with our Heavenly Father, the Savior and our loved ones. We can access this blessing by acting in faith in Him, repenting our sins, and accepting His ordinances through His authorized servants. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Doug
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first step in our progression. We act in faith first, then we receive knowledge of the truth. Too often we want to know why first. One of the first things we can do in faith in Him is to repent. We can know if it is right by how the change makes us feel. As we see ourselves, others and the world differently, we can know if it is true. Show more Show less