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Hi I'm Doug Goodman

I am a university professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have 5 children (3 boys and 2 girls). We live in the North Dallas area where I work as a Professor of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for several reasons. First, I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is true. I have read the Book of Mormon many times. As mentioned in Moroni 10: 3-5, I have prayed about it, and I have received a witness by the Holy Ghost bearing record that it is true. Second, I've had a lifetime of experiences where the Holy Ghost has born witness of the truthfulness of the gospel and many of its principles. Third, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes sense to me. I was raised in the Church. In fact, I have ancestors who joined the LDS Church in the 1830s in New York and eventually migrated to Utah and then Arizona. Being raised in the Church provided me with many opportunities to gain a testimony. There were some times when I felt to Spirit bearing witness that something was true. One such experience happened when I was 11 years old. President Kimball, the president of the LDS Church, came to the Gila Valley for a visit and conducted a devotional while he was there. I had the opportunity to attend that meeting. The church was filled beyond capacity and were talking to each other waiting for the meeting to begin. All of the sudden there was a hush that came across the congregation. Without any prompting people stood in unison and began singing "We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet" as President Kimball walked into the chapel.The Holy Ghost bore witness to me that day, that Spencer W. Kimball was indeed a prophet of God. I have had similar experiences with every prophet since. Another experience happened several years later when I was 18 years old. At that time I was struggling to know which direction I should take my life. I found myself driving into the foothills that overlooked the Gila Valley where I grew up. I exited my truck and knelt down and poured out my heart in prayer. That night I received my personal witness that God lived. I cannot deny a lifetime of feelings and experiences I have had. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am active in my church. I attend church services every Sunday. Since the church has a lay ministry it relies on its members to help run the church, especially at the local level. For instance, I currently work with the scouting programs in our ward. In the past I have served as a bishop, on the stake high council, and have worked with scouting and the youth in my various wards.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Doug Goodman
Mormon's view baptism as a saving ordinance that is needed to return to God's presence. There are billions of people who have lived upon this world who have never heard of Jesus Christ let alone had the opportunity to be baptized. Baptisms for the Dead is an example of our Heavenly Father's love and mercy. He extends the ordinance of baptism to those who have died not having that opportunity while on the Earth. These baptisms are performed by proxy in temples throughout the world. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Doug Goodman
Mormons no longer practice polygamy. Polygamy was banned in the 1890 Manifesto issued by President Wilford Woodruff who was the president of the Church at the time. Show more Show less