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Hi I'm Douglas

I grew up on a farm in Idaho. I love working with wood and building things. I love my wife and kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife Anadine and I have five children three girls and two boys between the ages of 12 and 1. I love basketball, so much so that four knee surgeries later I can't play anymore. So I'm learning to adapt. My wife got me started riding road bikes and we have competed in a few races and sprint triathlons. I love riding my motorcycle. I love the outdoors and actively go on hikes and camp with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon but by the time I was 18 had strayed from the faith and saw that my life was not going in a good direction. I determined that I needed to discover for myself if Christ was my Savior and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I first felt I would need to make some changes in my life if I wanted an answer. I fasted, I prayed often, and studied the scriptures. I also avoided things that I knew were wrong. After many months I went to a place where I could be alone and I prayed. I prayed to know if the things I had been taught my whole life were true. Is there a God? Is the church true? Is Joseph Smith a true prophet? Is the Book of Mormon and Bible true? As I knelt listening I felt a calmness come over me and heard a voice in my mind say, "Douglas, I know you and I love you." I then felt I should ask if those other things were true. Words came into my mind saying, "You have always known they are true." I then felt the most amazing feeling of peace and warmth. I feel it even now remembering that experience. I felt the Spirit testifying to my Spirit truths. I knew the LDS faith was true and dedicated my life from that time forward to serving God. My life has been filled with light and joy since that day.

How I live my faith

My primary purpose in life is to point my kids toward Christ through my example. I can always improve but we try to do little things that keep us in the right way. We try to have daily devotional in the mornings before school. It usually consists of a short hymn, a prayer, and a few minutes of scripture study. We may only read a few verses but we try to apply things to our lives. We especially try to find opportunities to share our testimony of truths with the kids and see how following Christ leads to a happier life. We have a family night weekly where we spend time together. We eat together, play together, and try to have a monthly fun activity together. For me it is the little things. When I go to Ace Hardware to pick up things I try to take one of kids and have one on one time. I'm trying to learn to listen more than I talk. :

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Douglas
Like in the ancient tabernacle God placed requirements on who could come before him. Similarly we are asked to maintain a certain level of obedience so we can come before God in His house on this earth. Also, like the covenant people in the Old Testament we make covenants in the temple. We promise to keep commandments that bring us closer to Christ. We are promised blessings in return; the greatest blessing to return to our Heavenly Fathers kingdom after this life. As for being secret, there is nothing taught in the temples that are not taught in the scriptures. They are sacred, not secret. Show more Show less