Don was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His parents were Christians and members of Bethel Baptist church, an independent Baptist church. Of course, this was an unusual situation because at that time, over 90% of the population of the city were members of the Mormon Church. At the age of five, he made a profession of faith, but always had doubts about his real spiritual relationship with the Lord. It was fifteen years later while in Bible college that he truly trusted in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. When Don was 13, his family helped to begin a new church in Salt Lake City, Anchor Baptist Church.
The church was very much involved in evangelism and in missions. From the beginning of his childhood all the way through his teenage years, these two biblical truths were taught and practiced by his parents and the church he attended. It was because of this influence that Don enrolled in Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatona, Minnesota. He had the desire to fulfill the principles that he had been taught all of his life. Unfortunately, something was lacking, and that was the reality of a salvation experience. It was in his third year of college and training to be a missionary, that the question of his salvation was settled as he kneeled down one day in his room and truly trusted Christ as his personal Savior.
His life verse is Romans 12:1-2: "1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Linda was born in Tacoma, Washington. During her growing up, she lived in several cities and states and many houses. But she always was in church. She came to know Jesus as her Savior when she was seven as she and her mother were reading a Christian book that an aunt had sent. Linda realized she was a sinner and understood that only Jesus could save her. With the help of her mother, she came know Jesus as her personal Savior that evening. Linda loved to read and read many missionary books while growing up, again given to her by the same aunt. She never really thought that she would one day be a missionary, but she did tell the Lord when she was 15 that she was willing to do whatever He would have her to do with her life. After graduating from high school, Linda studied at Pillsbury for one year and then studied to be a nurse. After graduating from nursing school, she and Don were married, and she studied one more year at Pillsbury.
Her life verse is John 3:30: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”