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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in New Jersey and Arizona. I'm a big advocate for Boy Scouts and Public Schools. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I grew up near an ocean, I learned to swim at an early age. Swimming led to my love of scuba diving which led to becoming a certified dive master. Eventually, I intertwined by love of scuba diving with my service to the Boy Scouts. I've enjoyed traveling with the military, Boy Scouts and my wife. Traveling all over the globe on business and for pleasure has given me a deeper understanding of other cultures and the economies of the world. Learning is a hobby. I pursue reading history, science fiction and stories of innovation and exploration. I like to share this learning with people around me. My wife and I together have 8 children and 23 grandchildren that are scattered all across the U.S.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came from the doctrine of baptism for the dead. After infantry assignments with MATA (military advisor training assistance) with the U.S. army in Vietnam, I wondered why I was still alive. I also wondered what had happened to the people we had ambushed and killed. In searching the bodies, I would frequently uncover photos of their wives, girlfriends, or extended families. This caused me a great deal of distress. The Book of Mormon answered that question. A clearer understanding of the atonement of Jesus Christ followed. The Mormon church taught that we are all children of a Heavenly Father and that we can all return home to Him. The sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes that possible along with our devotion and obedience to his commandments. The baptism for the dead allows those who have passed from this life the opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. This church has shown me that we are all part of a big family. We are brothers and sisters and need to be in service one to another. That is one reason my wife and I decided to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We hope to share our testimonies of how this gospel can unite families forever.

How I live my faith

Since I have been greatly blessed in my life, I believe in giving back. Community Service is a big part of my life and working with youth has often taken center stage. I have worked with the Boy Scouts for over 40 years. This has included many stints as scout master, explorer post advisor, and attending numerous Boy Scout Jamborees. I've also been involved in assisting the arts programs in public education and have been the president of a fine arts high school. Additionally, I have been on several foundations that supported career and technical education in public schools. In my church, I have served in various leadership positions that included administration, youth programs, and advisory roles.