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Hi I'm Don

I grew up in southeastern Idaho and moved to Phoenix metro area of Arizona after completing college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with my spouse to take a job. I have worked in Phoenix area ever since graduation. I am married and my spouse and I have three sons whom we love dearly. After working for about 28 years, my wife and I purchased a post-secondary education school that teaches adults how to obtain licenses in real estate, appraisal, home inspection, mortgage brokerage and other business-related professions. We continue to operate the school and one of our sons works there with us. We have several grandchildren. In our spare time, we enjoy boating, reading, traveling and participating in family activities. Family brings us a lot of fun and appiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. My parents, grandparents and more distant relatives were Mormons in their era. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormon" or "LDS" church) because it teaches me and my family members how to be as happy as we can be while living on this earth, how to prepare ourselves to continue to live together as a family after we depart from this earth and provides the Melchizedek Priesthood ordinances that enable us to achieve the goal of being a family together forever. The Mormon Church also teaches me and my spouse and children how to develop strong family ties and to develop positive ties with friends and neighbors. The Church teaches us how to be a good member of the community in which we live and to be of service to those around us. All these things give us the tools to be as happy as we can in this live and to prepare for the life to come where, hopefully, we may again live with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is sometimes a challenge and from time to time I make mistakes. But most all the time living my faith makes a lot of sense and ends up providing me the most options and happiest existence. I live my faith by assisting my family members whenever I can and by participating in the service needs available through my Church and my community. In the LDS Church right now my wife and I are team teaching a sunday school to youth in their early teens. Once a month I also teach a class to men holding typically over the age of 40. As I prepare the lessons I learn spiritual truths myself and learn more about how to relate and pray to my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I learn more about what they want me to do and enjoy the feelings that come from such learning. In my community I also have opportunities to help others and provide service. For example, I am an attorney with expertise in real estate, mortgages, lending and business. I have taught a business law class at a local university. From time to time, I participate in service by providing counsel to those who do not have the funds to pay an attorney and I enjoy the good feeling of being able to help others. Once in awhile, I am also able to suggest to people that they would be happier and have more productive and satisfactory lives if they turned to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, became Christians and investigated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the "Mormon Church" or the "LDS Church"). We try to be of assistance to others as often as we can. For example, some years ago, my wife and I allowed a young girl who was pregnant to live with us until after the birth of her baby and until she could make other, more permanent arrangements. We enjoyed being able to help her. For several months, until after the baby was born and she moved back with her family, she was almost like a daughter to us. We learned from her too in many ways.