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Hi I'm Don

Loving my wife and doing my best to guide my family are my favorite activities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, served in the Navy, and then I joined the church, which led to serving The Lord on a full time Mission. After that, starting a family began the fulfillment of my purpose for being here on this earth, which I believe is to love God and to teach my family to love Him. As in many families, there have been mistakes, bumps in the road, and some difficult interruptions, including divorce, but I’ve learned that The Lord is always waiting to forgive us. He wants to heal us. I'm thankful for repentance and The Lord's Forgiveness. I try to teach this wonderful gift and principle to my family. As a result of my life experiences, I have come to believe that we all have a meaningful purpose in this life, and we will gradually discover that divine purpose at about the same rate that we come to know and love The Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

The key to successful conversion is a desire and a willingness to make lifestyle changes. "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also" (Luke 12:34). While in the Navy, I loved being out at sea. It was great, walking across that moving deck and standing watch, looking out over the sea with binoculars. It was especially beautiful at night, and it fulfilled my childhood dreams. The sunsets on the ocean were beautiful. I would have made the Navy a career but life offers conflicts, and sometimes we have to choose. Near the end of my enlistment, on a city bus in Philadelphia, I saw an advertisement inside the bus. It pictured a hand holding a lighted match. Everything was dark in the picture except for the glowing light that shone around the hand, holding that match. The words below said, “Live your faith. Light the world.” This advertisement inspired a crossroad in my life. I realized then that I wanted to know God. This desire didn't conflict with being in the Navy. However, I also wanted to have a family, and I knew that being out at sea would interfere with being with my family. I had to make a choice, and so I decided that I would join a church and have a family. I had some interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I knew that the members of this church were sometimes called Mormons, as a nick name. They seemed like a wholesome people, and it pleased me that they didn't smoke. So, I got out of the Navy, got a job, and started to earn money, then but I got caught up in the interests of the world. I forgot about God and I forgot about having a family. Fortunately, I was blessed that the missionaries knocked on my door one day. I invited them in and I felt The Spirit of the Lord as they spoke to me and taught me. The Spirit was so strong that I wished and I even believed that they might introduce me to God... They did. I'm grateful that the Lord helped me to change.

How I live my faith

Live Your Faith; Light the World: I have served in a Family History Research program. In our congregation, my wife and I were Family History Consultants. We're still interested in family research. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to search and find ancestors, and technology is making those searches more productive. I believe that all, meaning immediate family and ancestors, will be a family again. The last two verses in the Book of Malachi in the Old Testament are a prophecy regarding families. In these last days, the hearts of the children and the hearts of the fathers are turning to each other, this in preparation for the Lord's Second Coming, when we will be together again forever. An ancient prophet (King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon) said that when we are serving our fellow men, we are serving God. Many people are trapped in chemical and behavioral addictions. My wife and I visited numerous meetings, hoping to prepare ourselves to be able to serve at some future time in the Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) sponsored by the Church. This inspired program teaches us how to accept responsibility for our decisions, recognize our weaknesses, and then with the help of The Lord, overcome every type of addiction. Later, I realized that there was a possibility to become a professional addictions counselor. I studied, earned a degree, internship, and license. I counseled men, women, and youth at residential facilities and at a vocational training facility. There is a way out of addictions. An ancient american prophet quoted the Lord by saying, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness,...then will I make weak things to become strong unto them" (Book of Mormon, Ether 12:27). Counseling a wonderful profession. Now retired.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Don
I believe that Jesus Christ is the very God of the Old Testament. The Gospel of John 1:1-3 tells us that He was with God before the world was created, and that He created all things. Verse 14 in the same chapter helps us to understand that He came down and dwelt among us...that there were those who beheld His Glory, that He was the only begotten of our Father in Heaven. The scriptures are a wonderful blessing for helping us to come unto God. They teach us important points of doctrine. They also teach us the need for, and the reality of, personal revelation. In verse 17 of John Chapter 7 the Savoir said, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine..." This verse confirms that we can know of ourselves when things are true. It is wonderful to believe in Jesus Christ, that He is our Redeemer. It is even better to believe and to act upon His teachings. He came here to redeem us and to heal us. By my acts of believing His words, and by doing His will, I have learned that He keeps his promises. Thankfully, I say that I am a witness of Jesus Christ. By personal experience, by a witness of The Spirit of The Lord, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Don
The answer about the truthfulness of Mormonism can be received in a very simple and direct way; that is to accept the challenge to read The Book of Mormon, and with with real intent pray to your Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ about the writings and teachings in the book. Real intent is the key. If a person reads this book and prays about it with the intent to live by its teachings, if those teachings are found to be true; under these conditions, the Holy Ghost will testify of its truthfulness. In The Book of Mormon, a man named Moroni was the last of many ancient american prophets to write in the book. He made the promise; that the answer to your prayer about this book will come to you by the Power of the Holy Ghost. This promise does not rely upon discussion or negotiation with any person on this earth. It involves prayer between you and your Heavenly Father, who knows everything about you, who listens to you, and who loves you. After sincere investigation and wondering about the truthfulness of this book, I received a witness from the Spirit that The Book of Mormon is God's word. It testifies of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God. Show more Show less