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Hi I'm Maurine.

I grew up in Japan. I'm doctor, an Army wife, and a stepmother of 4. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Maurine, and I'm a 1st year resident Family Medicine physician. I grew up in rural Japan, where my dad taught at a university. I'm an army wife, so I hope that lets me travel more and practice medicine around the world. I love to be active - ballroom dance and ballet, hiking and climbing and mountain biking, and chasing around my 4 wonderful stepkids every time I get the chance.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many, I grew up Mormon. My parents chose to raise me Mormon, but I choose to be Mormon every day of my life. And it's so worth it! It's so wonderful to know of God's love for me and to have access to ongoing revelation and guidance from Him! Life is busy and crazy, and who knows where I'd be if it weren't for the direction and blessing of the Lord and His church in my life.

How I live my faith

Every day, I let my understanding that every person living on this earth is a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father guide my developing career in medicine. If nothing else, I tell myself, I can help each person find the dignity they deserve as a child of God. I can help them through their trials in this life, and guide them through some of the choices that Heavenly Father would have them make to maintain the gift that is a physical body.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

We believe everyone has special talents that God has given them. Some are born leaders, some are creative and fun, some are artistic or great with kids. Instead of paying clergy, we rely on the talents of members of the church. Serving in the church allows us to show our devotion to Heavenly Father, and to develop those talents further. We believe God strengthens and blesses those He calls so that they'll be able to fulfill any assignment they're given. And an extra bonus: we can use church donations for other things than paying clergy, like supporting the poor, building churches and temples, and funding youth and family activities. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies are precious blessings from our Heavenly Father. Part of His grand plan of happiness was for us to obtain bodies here on earth - they are crucial for our eternal progression, so that we can be more like him. We believe that Heavenly Father has a body, too, and that we are created in his image. By taking care of our bodies, we not only show gratefulness for that blessing, but we also allow our bodies to achieve their full potential. We can stay more in tune with our constant companion, the Holy Ghost, when we keep our bodies clean from the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and unhealthy foods. Eating healthy and staying physically fit also gives us the ability and energy to do the things Heavenly Father asks of us, like taking care of our families, serving in church callings, completing home and visiting teaching, and giving service to others. Show more Show less