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Hi I'm Duane Matsunaga

I was raised in a small farming community in central Ca. I was born to a Japanese father and a Chinese mother. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Today I am grandfather and still live near the small farming community where I grew up. I have been married to my lovely wife for over 32 years and we are the parents of 2 beautiful married daughters. I have two wonderful grandchildren who I love spending time with. I am nearing retirement, but currently work as the Director of Marketing for a large law firm. I graduated with a BA in Criminology My grandparents immigrated from Japan and China in the early 1920's. My Japanese father began his farming career as a young boy. His schooling was interupted when he, my grandmother, and his siblings were interned at the out break for WWII. When time permits, I love to travel and play golf. My wife and I discovered crusing some years ago and have been on multiple trips to Alaska and Mexico.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I joined the church shortly before my 21st birthday. I became interested in the church through high school friends who were good examples to me. That influence stayed with me long after we graduated. I began to read and the more I studied the more wanted to know about the church. When I could no longer ignore the feelings in my heart, I made the decision to go the local church building. I could not have been more warmly welcomed by people I had never met before. Within weeks, I was speaking with full-time missionaries who taught and prepared me for baptism. Suddenly everything I was feeling started to make sense and previously unaswered questions now had answers. I have been a member of the church for 40 years. In that time, I have been blessed with an opportunity to serve as a full time missionary to Japan, a marriage for time and all eternity to my lovely wife, serve opportunities of every kind including that as a Bishop and member of a Stake Presidency. As a member of the church, I have come to know that my Heavenly Father lives. I know for myself that Jesus Christ is the resurrected Lord. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church restored in these the latter days. I know that there are modern day apostles on the earth with priestood authority to lead us in these difficult days. My testimony is that this church holds the keys to happiness and understanding for all who will hear its messge.

How I live my faith

I have learned a great deal of the blessings of service to others through my church. So much of what we do as members is to focus on the needs of others. Though the sacrafice of time and personal resources many of my own needs have been met. I have met so many Christ-like people since joining the Mormon church. I have been consistently amazed at the capacity of the members of this church to give. It makes little difference whether they are men or women, whether they have means or not, they offer what they have. Each day begins and ends with prayers of gratitude to a loving Heavenly Father. Every day I learn more of myself and more of God's willingness to answer prayers. So many of my personal needs have been answered through other members who's example and offers of help were just what was needed. I have been blessed to serve in many areas in the church. Perhaps two of the most significant opportunities came when I was called as a full time missionary to Japan and the other when I was asked to serve as a Bishop. Our church is well known in our community and it is not uncommon for civic or municipal governing bodies to call up the church for help. Our ability to provide helping hands and organization are often sought after. The best way that I know to live my faith, is to be true to what I have been taught. To live like the Savior would have me live. I look to assist those in need of help and to be proper example in the work place. I recognize the need to continually prepare spiritually and learn more of what my Heavenly Father wants for me.