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Hi I'm Doug

I love climbing in the mountains. I swim competitively. Love playing music. I have an awesome family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in State College Pennsylvania. While in high school, I earned 7 varsity letters in swimming and baseball, enjoyed a rich musical program, and did fairly well in academics. My family would be considered agnostic. I began to rock climb in the quarries of central PA. I joined the Mountaineers in Seattle, taught rock climbing at college. I graduated with a BS in Biology, joined the LDS Church at 21, served a mission in the Dominican Republic for 2 years. After the mission, I married a wonderful woman, who in turn has become an awesome companion and mother of three children. I am the Director of Logistics for a multi-national German company. I enjoy travelling, watching my kids, and spending time as a husband and father. I still swim almost every day, play a variety of musical instruments, and live an incredibly blessed life. I still love to get into the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by fantastic parents. They provided the means for me to take on any adventure, sport, activity, instrument, schooling, etc that I desired. We did not attend any church while growing up. I had always had interest in religions, and felt that there was a living God who I clearly did not know. For most of my growing up years, this feeling was hidden by the many activities I was involved with as well as a generally awesome, happy life. After three years of college, I began to think more about my relationship with God and wondered what purposes life had. I did have some profound personal experiences which confirmed to me that God did exist and was personally interested in my welfare. But still I had no clue what to do with that knowledge. I took a year off school, and headed west to realign my priorities. It was there that a good friend sent me a Book of Mormon in the mail around Thanksgiving 1987. At the time I knew nothing about the Mormons. I recognized the young church missionaries always in pairs on bikes as representatives of a church, but never had any interaction with them except occasionally throwing snowballs at them as a kid. So I decided that I would read the Book of Mormon to get a better understanding of the beliefs of my friend. I can truthfully say that from the moment I began reading, an entirely new and wonderful feeling began to fill me. I had no idea what it was, but it felt right. I smiled more, priorites seemed easier to align, I was becoming a better person. And the God described in the Book of Mormon fit exactly to the experiences I already had. I knew that I would join whatever church was associated with the Book of Mormon. 23 years have gone by, and the reasons for being "Mormon" continue to add up. But the biggest reason is because I took the leap of faith to approach God in prayer to ask if this is right. In so many different ways over the years, this question has been answered.

How I live my faith

For me, I want to live a good life. I have never responded well to guilt, so I take a very practical approach to religion. Rather than thinking about all the wrong things I could do, and try to avoid them, I look for the good, and try to build my life around it. I do not want to live in a religious silo. I want to interact and associate with people from all walks of life. The church experience to me is simply part of my lifestyle. It is a significant part of who I am. But growing up in family who is non-LDS and non-religious, I truly appreciate the many gifts of life which can be enjoyed outside religion.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

I love this question, because the honest to goodness truth is that the missionaries will talk about anything you wish. They are simply happy to be in your home. Having said that, most people who have the missionaries for a visit are interested in learning about the faith, or a little bit more about the lives of their friends. Religion is normally a private, personal experience, so it is natural to remain guarded on the subject. But the visits with the missionaries are always faith building, family strengthening, and home building.  Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a step beyond basic belief, where a principle of the gospel has been confirmed to you as true. These confirmations can happen in a variety of ways. But the strongest and long lasting confirmation comes from the Holy Ghost. These experiences change your heart, provide eternal perspective, and motivate you to share your experiences with others. Show more Show less