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Hi I'm Donald

I'm a Mormon and I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

About Me

First and foremost I am a husband, father and priesthood holder. My wonderful wife is from the Philippines and I grew up in Utah. I have three children and two grandchildren. I served for 23 years in the United States Air Force and lived all over the world. I now work for the US Department of Defense as a civilian and live in Virginia. I love the outdoors, fishing hiking and gardening. I love to play chess and spend time with my family. I also enjoy cooking and baking for my family. I have experienced trials in my life. Both of my parents passed away from cancer. My mother when I was 13 and my father when I was 15. I married at 18 and was divorced at 24. It was a painful experience. My oldest child is gay. I love him dearly but worry about his eternal salvation. I wandered away from the teachings of the church for several years during my early 20s. I discovered true peace only comes through Jesus Christ and a full measure of His peace comes through fully living the teachings of His restored Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? My conversion started with reading the Book of Mormon. I had been raised as part of the church, but there came a point in time when I had to decide if I really believed what I had been taught by my parents. So I started with an honest reading of the Book of Mormon. The more I read the more I knew it was true. 20 years later I know beyond doubt Joseph Smith was called of God to translate the Book of Mormon and restore the lost gospel of Jesus Christ in all its' fullness to the earth. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints means everything to me. It defines who I am everyday of my life and I cannot imagine not being part of this church. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

To me the only way to live my faith is by serving others. That is what Jesus would do. I strive to set a good example and teach others to have faith in Christ. I visit homes of church members and attend to their needs when help is required. The most important place I live my faith is with my family. We spend time together and hold daily family prayer and read scripture together. I do all I can to love and serve my family; this is the greatest expression of my faith.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

The Bible is a wonderful record of God's dealings with the children of Israel and Jesus Christ's personal ministry on this earth. It is God's word. But over the years parts of the Bible have been lost or altered during translation. Therefore a restoration of lost knowledge was necessary. The Bible alone is not sufficient to answer all the questions one might have about this life. Why are we here on this earth? What was God's purpose in creating the earth? What is the destiny God intends for me? These are some of life's most important questions and are not adequately answered in the Bible. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no restrictions based on rave or color for those who may join the church or hold the priesthood. If a person has faith in Christ and is willing to commit to follow Christ and keep His commandments they may be baptised. After Baptism a worthy worth man may hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is not always easy. Truly living the gospel requires sacrafic and commitment. The church asks for service and that requires time that can be in short supply. We are often misunderstood and misrepresented in the press and by others. On the other hand I know of no other thing that brigs me greater joy than being a Mormon and living the gospel of Jesus Christ. The service I perform brings me joy. Knowing I belong to a church that really believes families are forever and has the priesthood authority to seal families for eternity brings me peace. Being a Mormon means wherever I go I can find an instant brotherhood with members of my faith. Being a Mormon challenges me to be the best person I can be everyday. In short being a Mormon is not always easy but it is always worth it. Show more Show less