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Hi I'm Donald

I was born in Utah, moved to Seattle 25 years ago to begin career as a CPA. I love the Pacific Northwest. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my wife on a train in England, she is from Idaho and I am from Utah. What a place to meet. Our paths crossed again a little over a year later and a year after that we were married. We have three children, two sons and a daughter. Our oldest son and our daughter are each married and each have one child. Our youngest son is a freshman in college. I have a degree in accounting (Univ. of Utah) and a master in taxation (BYU). We moved to the Seattle area right after graduating and have lived here for nearly 25 years. We love all that you can do in the area: snow ski, golf, hike, play in the ocean, attend theater and concert productions, Folklife, Bumbershoot, etc. It is all here. I love being a husband, father and now a grandfather. There is nothing that brings joy to you more than your family. We have had struggles and trials along the way (health issues, making ends meet, etc.), but each of these has brought us closer together as a family and has helped us to grow stronger.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my entire life. Many of my ancestors were early Mormon pioneers who came to Utah in the mid-1800s. However, my grandmother and her family immigrated from England in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines. They ended up in Utah and that is where she was introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was raised in a home that taught of Christ, they spoke of Christ and we tried to follow Christ's example in all that we did. We made (and make) mistakes, but we always strive to do our best to follow His teachings. This includes the teachings that Christ gave during his ministry, and also the teachings that He gave to the prophets who lived before his mortal life as well as after his mortal life. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and redeemer and this knowledge has kept me in the Mormon faith. This knowledge has come to me through the Holy Spirit. I have received answers to prayers that tell me that Christ has restored His Church on the earth and that He speaks today through a prophet and apostles who teach us today.

How I live my faith

I first live my faith by taking care of the temporal needs of my family and working with my wife to provide an atmosphere in our home for the spiritual needs of our family. This has helped each of our children to come to know and love their Savior and to exercise their faith in Him. As Mormons, we give service to our Church because we do not have a paid ministry. This has brought me a lot of great experiences. I have taught Sunday School classes to children 1-2 years old, to others who were 6 and 7, and to 11 year olds. I have taught, worked with and played along side the youth of our Church (ages 12-18). This included going on week-long hikes and canoe trips, playing soccer, dodgeball and ultimate frisbee, and working on community service projects with our city and the local food bank. In addition to serving in our Church, we also give service to our community. We have volunteered in our schools, helped the city to restore parks and build new parks and have volunteered at our local food banks by working at the center and gathering food for the shelves. I also strive to show my faith in my work profession. I strive to live so that my actions and ethics are in line with the example set by Christ.