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Hi I'm Don

I am a retired CPA, a devoted husband of 49 years, father of 6, grandfather of 23, and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Idaho and Utah for most of my life. I had the opportunity of living in two foreign countries as part of my employment: the Philippines for 5 years and Japan on two separate occasions for 9 1/2 years. As a result of these experiences I came to appreciate more fully just how fortunate we are to live in the United States and that we truly have something special as citizens of this great country. I am currently retired and enjoy reading, watching sports, and spending time with the family every chance we have to get together. My wife and I have served three missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: the first was in Tokyo, Japan for two years beginning a few months following the major earthquake and tsunami devastation; the second was in Nauvoo, IL, where we were able to serve as ordinance workers in the Nauvoo Temple; and the third was in the Utah Salt Lake City Headquarters Mission for 18 months where we had the opportunity to serve in the Collections Zone in the Church History Library. I enjoy reading good books; listening to good music; and watching football, basketball, and baseball, which are the sports I played in my youth.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always known that I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father who loves me. Knowing my relationship to God has helped me in my relationships with others because I know they are literally my brothers and sisters, even though we come to earth to different parents, cultures, countries, and a host of different living conditions. I have come to know that Jesus Christ is the Beloved Son of God and that he came to earth to suffer individually and collectively for the sins of mankind and that through faith, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. When we do what needs to be done to gain an understanding of our relationship to God and His Plan of Happiness, and the purpose of our life on earth, everything becomes clear and our ability to navigate the troubled waters we live in today becomes easier. I have come to know from personal experience that when a person is humble and willing to ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ, with real intent, he will come to know what I have come to know because Heavenly Father will answer those prayers by the power of the Holy Ghost. It is through the power of the Holy Ghost that we may know the truth of all things.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life. Between 19-21 I served a full-time mission in Scotland, which allowed me the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to others, giving them the opportunity to come unto Christ and keep His commandments. As the Church does not have a paid ministry, I have served as a bishop (similar to pastor or priest on other Christian religions) on two separate occasions, which provided the opportunity to help and serve people of all ages. I have also spent most of my life serving the youth and adults, which has resulted in blessing my life as much as I have been of help to others. I have learned that whenever I have been in the service of others, I am also in the service of my loving Father in Heaven.