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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a family man, a student, and a language lover

About Me

I am an outdoor and indoor enthusiast. Growing up in the great state of Idaho, I learned to appreciate and love the mountains and forest. Summers were filled with mountain biking, water skiing, wood cutting, and camping, and every day was filled with reading. Literature has been a central part of my life. From Sherlock Holmes to Dostoevsky and C.S. Lewis to J.K Rowling, my youth was filled with books and books and books. I am at college right now, preparing to teach Spanish and Portuguese linguistics at a university someday. I am married to the most wonderful woman I know, have a wonderful daughter, and am looking forward to the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a member of this church has made me and my family incredibly happy. When I go to church, and when I study the scriptures, I feel uplifted and hopeful. I am a Mormon because I prayed and asked God if this church teaches the truth, and he answered me. The teachings of the church make sense to me, and feel right in my head and heart. I have read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it is true. He answered me. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because when I go to church and when I read the Book of Mormon I feel a stronger relationship with God and Jesus Christ. This church makes me want to be more like Jesus and also be a loving and caring husband and father. I have seen the strength and unity which living the teachings of this church can bring to families and individuals, and that is something that I want for my family now and in the future. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is directed by Jesus Christ today. We have a living prophet and living apostles who help me come closer to Christ. Reading the Book of Mormon makes me happy and helps me feel God's love for me and others. The Book of Mormon is part of God's word for us today, and that it helps me have more faith in Jesus. Knowing these things gives me hope for my future and gives meaning to the world around me. This knowledge has helped me to overcome depression, setbacks, and the times when I have felt most alone and helpless. I know that God lives.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to serve and help those around me. I strive to remember Christ's example and act with more love and kindness to others. On Sundays, my wife and I take care of the little kids at church while their parents are in other classes. We play with them, sing with them, and teach them small lessons about how they are children of God, and how he loves them. We also go and visit people who need help in our area. I try to build my relationship with my wife, and set good patterns of living for when we have kids. As a teacher, I try to be a good example for my students and help them set high goals and standards for their lives. I take time to pray and study the scriptures daily, and I am also working on furthering my education so I can be a better employee and husband/father.

What is being a Mormon like?

Doug
Being a member of the Mormon Church is like being part of a large, incredibly diverse family. Just like being in a family, not everyone is perfect, and not everyone gets along all the time, but everyone works together to serve each other and Heavenly Father. Serving together with others in the Mormon Church brings happiness and fulfillment, as well as a strong sense of purpose in life. Being a member of the Mormon Church brings a lot of peace, and also special opportunities to learn and grow in new ways as everyone helps Heavenly Father in His work. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Doug
God loves all of his children, and we should too. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as followers of Christ, should seek to reach out to, understand, and really befriend those who deal with homosexuality. For many people, it is an incredibly difficult situation, not only for the individual, but for their families as well. We believe that we should follow Christ's example to love and serve everyone, and respect others' beliefs and ability to choose. Having homosexual feelings is not a sin. There is nothing wrong or evil about someone who deals with those feelings. Everyone deals with trials and problems, and being tempted to do something does not make someone bad. Everyone who follows God's commandments can fully participate in all of the activities and blessings of the gospel, regardless of sexual orientation. It is important to understand that this does not mean that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints condones acting on homosexual feelings. We believe that God's law of chastity asks all of us to refrain from any sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman. This is an essential part of God's plan, and will not change. With help from Christ and his sacrifice for us, all of us can overcome the trials of this life. I really like the church's new website: mormonsandgays.org. This is a great resource for understanding more about what the church believes about homosexuality. Show more Show less