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Hi I'm David Donaldson

I am the father of 9 and a pediatrician. I love learning both “the things of man” and “the things of God (1Cor2).” I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was the oldest of 9 children born to parents who felt that raising happy, productive children was the most important thing that they would do with their lives. I grew up on the outskirts of a small college town. My father was an accomplished scientist and taught microbiology and immunology. My mother took on much of the day to day responsibility of nurturing and teaching 9 children. I grew up in a home where education and particularly science were highly valued. As a result, I came to love learning about the world, which the apostle Paul refers to as “the things of man” (2Cor2:10). I came to love mathematics and the sciences and later decided to pursue a career in medicine. After 2 years of college, I served a 2-year mission in for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Central America. Among my primary motivations to serve were a desire to share the blessings that I had received from my upbringing in a loving family and from my own efforts to understand the life and mission of Jesus Christ. During the final year of my undergraduate degree in chemistry, I married a dedicated, faith-filled woman like my mother. We have been blessed with 6 daughters and 3 sons. We have moved our family multiple times in order to study, teach, and practice pediatrics at medical schools in California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nevada, and Utah. We are now retired and have 19 grandchildren. Gardening is my hobby, and I love to learn about the laws that govern God's creations.

Why I am a Mormon

The apostle Paul wrote: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.... For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God (1Cor2:9-11).” I am a Mormon because I believe that there are spiritual truths, ie “the things of God,” that are more important to our happiness than any of “the things of man” that can be learned through reason or intellect. I believe that a man can gain spiritual knowledge through “the Spirit of God” by paying attention the feelings that come as he lives the ideals and commandments taught by Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the truths that I have learned in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From personal experience, I have come to believe that every person on this earth is loved unconditionally by a Heavenly Father who hears and answers the sincere prayers of his children and who can give us personal guidance and help in our lives. I believe that the key to having happiness and fulfillment in this life is to follow the teachings and example of our elder brother Jesus Christ who came to this earth as God’s Only Begotten Son in the flesh. At the end of his life, He suffered for the sins of all mankind, died, and was resurrected. His infinite atonement provides us the opportunity to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by inspired men, apostles and prophets who are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. I have prayerfully read The Book of Mormon many times and have received a witness of the truthfulness of its teachings which complement the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. My commitment to these basic beliefs is the reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ taught: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matt22:36-39) Each day I try to recognize and give thanks to my Heavenly Father for creating this world and for giving so many blessings to me and my family. I am grateful for opportunities to worship Him, especially through hymns and with fellow believers on Sundays. I seek His guidance through prayer, study, and pondering Christ’s teachings and those of past and living prophets. I rely on the atonement of Jesus Christ to help me change when I recognize that I have made mistakes that would disappoint Him. Because I believe that God and Jesus Christ love every person on this earth unconditionally, I try to follow the ideals taught by Christ. I endeavor to show love, respect, forgiveness, and mercy to my fellow man. I strive to keep God’s commandments with the hope of returning to live with Him and his Son. I enjoy visiting people and getting to know them better. I feel that learning to love and serve others is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I try so see those who I try to serve through Heavenly Father’s eyes and to minister to them as I feel He would. Any time that I spend in serving others provides greater perspective and meaning to my life. During the summer, I particularly enjoy sharing produce from my garden with my neighbors and friends. As I work outside in the garden and then see the plants and fruit develop, I frequently think of the miracles of God’s creations. I believe that my life will be measured by how successful I have been in living and sharing Christ-like ideals and in serving my family and my fellow man. I try to recognize God’s hand in all things and to bring about whatever good I can in this world. I have had great happiness as I have worshipped and sought guidance from my Heavenly Father and as I have tried to follow Jesus’ teachings and example.