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Hi I'm Doug

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in California. Married 44 years, 5 children, 15 grandchildren. I am a practicing physician, an Ophthalmologist. Major hobbies have included coin collecting, wood working and wood turning, hiking, fishing and raising orchids.  

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself very blessed to be "born into" the LDS Church with two good, faithful parents. We all know that our own example is the most important teaching tool for our children. However, just before I began my mission to France and Belgium, I gained a stronger and deeper testimony of the truthfulness of the Church for myself, as a result of prayer and spiritual experiences. All my experiences in life tell me that the true Church of Jesus Christ really is the answer to the problems and challenges of the world. 

How I live my faith

The Church is such a major part of my life that I can't imagine what I would do without it! It is really a part of everyday life, not just an hour or so on Sunday. It is a blessing to be in the habit of praying every morning and evening, not only for my own concerns, but also to call upon the blessings of Heaven for my family and friends. Every day I ask Heavenly Father to guide me in caring for my patients. Another great blessing in our lives is the "Word of Wisdom", our health law that guides us from childhood to strictly avoid tobacco, alcohol and other habit-forming substances. My fellow interns at the hospital couldn't believe that I could begin taking care of patients every morning without a cup of coffee. We all know now the serious medical and social costs of abusing tobacco and alcohol. Every "commandment" we have is given by our loving Heavenly Father, who knows each of us individually, and who knows what is best for our happiness, even though it isn't always easy. Some friends ask how we find time to do our job, take care of our family and serve in the lay ministry of the Church. My answer is that we always have time to do what we value most.