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Hi I'm Doug

I graduated from USC's film school and worked in entertainment for a few years. Now, I'm in law school. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming playing sports, listening to music, and watching movies. Not much has changed since even though I'm now a husband and father of two. I still hit the hardwood (after the kids have been tucked in), have trained the boys to appreciate my style of music, and watch plenty of movies with my wife. In between it all, I moved to L.A. and graduated from USC's film school, worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities, wrote a couple screenplays and a novel, was appointed and subsequently released as a Special Agent in the FBI, got accepted to law school, and successfully completed my first year.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon. Both my parents were active in the Church. But in my rebellious years as a teenager, I drifted away from some of the values I had been taught. It wasn't until I moved to L.A. to go to college that I decided to figure out what it was that I truly believed. I started by reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. As it says in the book, and as I'd always been taught in Sunday School, if I were to read the book and pray about it, God would let me know whether or not it was true. I decided to test that hypothesis. So, every morning before class, I went to a quiet corner of campus and read a few chapters. By the end of the semester, I had read the whole book. In reading, I never doubted the truthfulness of the book. I never questioned its origin. I just read. As I read, I felt closer to God. I felt like I was learning important life lessons, important principles. As I implemented those in my life, I felt better about myself and direction my life was going. While this pattern of learning and personal change suggested to me the truthfulness of the book, I wanted a clearer answer to that question. So, in accordance with what I'd been taught as a kid and what is taught in the Book of Mormon itself, I got on my knees and asked God to let me know whether it was true. As soon as I said, "amen," I felt warm rush in my heart, and something in my mind confirming my suspicions; that the Book of Mormon was indeed true. Knowing the Book of Mormon was true logically led me to being able to trust that Joseph Smith, who purported to translate the book, was a true prophet of God, and that the church he organized, the LDS church, was organized under the direction of God. Soon after this experience, I volunteered for two years as a missionary in Ukraine. The experiences I had in those two years solidified what I had learned from that prayer; that God lives, Jesus is His son, His church exists on earth today; it is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church, I've been involved with the youth in different capacities. I was the Stake Young Men's President in Los Angeles, which means that I oversaw the various youth programs throughout the city. The programs exist to help young men (aged 12-18) develop into well-adjusted, spiritually strong adults. For some of our kids in L.A., being involved in the Young Men's program prevented them from living a life on the streets or being involved with gangs. I've also served as a secretary to the Bishop, a housing coordinator (to help people moving into the L.A. area find apartments), and a missionary. Beyond the specific callings I've had in the Church, I live my faith by loving my wife and children, spending time with them, studying a profession that will allow me to provide for them. I live my faith by going to church, reading the scriptures, saying my prayers, believing in Christ, His life, ministry, and mission.