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Hi I'm Doug.

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah and California. My wife and I have raised our family in Utah, California, Colorado and Texas.

About Me

I'm married. My wife and I have 5 wonderful children, four of whom are married. We also have 7 wonderful grandchildren. I work in the life insurance business and am very active in local financial services associations. My Dad was very involved in sports so I naturally followed in his shoes. Southern California gave us ample opportunity to indulge our passion. My Mom saw that I learned how to play the piano which I also developed a passion for. As a a result, today we have a very musical family. We love to sing and entertain with me being the designated accompanist. I enjoy teaching whether it be at church, at work or at home. I especially love a lively discussion. Occassionally I get out and hit a golf ball and when guilt overcomes me, I take our dog for a walk. Though it doesn't sound like it, we really love our dog. She is the best family friend we could have asked for! We live in a great multi-ethnic neighborhood with lots of kids running around.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family in Salt Lake City, descended from several generations of Mormons on both sides. For the most part, I followed the path that was laid out for me, never seriously questioning the truthfulness of what was being taught probably because it made so much sense to me. As I got older and had to choose whether my path would continue in the church or not, I chose to continue in the church because it made me happy on many levels - intellectually, socially, and most importantly spiritually. The social aspect of the church was very important for me particularly because I have Asperger's Syndrome which makes it hard for me to integrate socially. As I have learned how to better apply the principles that I have been taught, I have had many, many experiences that have strengthened my faith in the reality of a loving Heavenly Father and of the eternal nature of life. The beauties of nature and the complexities of life bear witness to me of the existence of an all-knowing, all-loving God. At the same time, the scriptures, which for us include the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Great, have helped me to better understand the role of Jesus Christ in my life as well as in the lives of all others. I have learned for myself, as our Church leaders have taught us over the years, of the importance of daily prayer and pondering of the scriptures. This practice, perhaps more than any other, settles my heart and gives direction to my life. I am amazed at the simplicity yet depth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the hymns that we sing each Sunday, their music and message. I am filled by the sermons I hear, especially during our General Conferences. I am inspired by the examples of our leaders. I am grateful for the family it has encouraged my wife and I to have and to nurture and to grow.

How I live my faith

My wife and I serve together in a young singles congregation (we call them "wards"). They range in age from 18 to 30. They help keep us young. My wife is a natural social director. I enjoy being around them and feeling their energy and enthusiasm. Occassionally we have them over to our home on Monday nights for lessons and activities. I am responsible for visiting 4 individuals who are members of our member each month. I enjoy bringing them an uplifting message and inviting them to particate in our ward's activities. I have become quite attached to a local nursing home. I try to visit it every so often. I listen to the residents or take them for walks in the hall. Occassionally I'll bring music and play the piano for them. Twice a year, I have my piano students perform for them. I love people in nursing homes because they are so appreciative of any attention you give them and it makes me feel like I am doing some good in the world that I otherwise wouldn't have a chance to do.