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Hi I'm Doug Salmon

I'm a retired teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in central Ontario, Canada. My mother joined the Church when I was a young boy. My wife and I have four children - two boys and two girls; they are now grown, some with families of their own. I spent my career as a secondary school teacher. I play the piano a little, and I enjoy conducting church choirs. My wife and I have taught in Canada, the Netherlands, England and China.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) because I truly believe that in the year 1820, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared in vision to a pure young man named Joseph Smith, in response to his earnest plea as to which church he should join. I believe that through the prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored His gospel in purity and in plainness. I subscribe to the "Articles of Faith" of the LDS Church [see https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1]. One of these Articles states "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." I believe that the Book of Mormon is a wonderful second testament of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I concur with the statement made by Joseph Smith that “...the Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” (History of the Church, 4:461.) I am pleased to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed serving in Church assignments. Since our retirement, my wife and I had some wonderful opportunities for service. We have taught English in a university in China; we have served Church missions in the West Indies and in Hong Kong. We currently serve in the LDS Temple in Hong Kong.

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

Doug Salmon
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most important and most transcendent event in the history of the world. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, the Savior atoned for our sins. We can’t fully understand how Jesus suffered for our sins. But we know that in the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of our sins caused Him to feel such agony that He bled from every pore (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17). Later, as He hung upon the cross, Jesus again felt the weight of our sins even as He willingly suffered painful death by one of the most cruel methods ever known. Jesus the Christ, page 462 states, “It seems, that in addition to the fearful suffering incident to crucifixion, the agony of Gethsemane had recurred, intensified beyond human power to endure. In that bitterest hour the dying Christ was alone, alone in most terrible reality.” The Savior tells us: “For behold, I... have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer... even as I.” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17) Jesus Christ did what only He could do in atoning for our sins. To make His Atonement fully effective in our individual lives, we must have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized and confirmed by one having authority, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, obey God’s commandments, receive sacred ordinances, and strive to become like Him. As we do these things through His Atonement, we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father forever. Show more Show less