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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Texas Medical Student, triathlete, water-skier, husband and father... and I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I love being active and I love my little growing family. I grew up in the sunny southern Utah where I was raised by loving parents who raised me in this church. Looking back on my short 28 years of life, I have found that I've received a lot of strength to overcome my trials through this restored Gospel. I believe that no matter the trial or difficulty, through Christ, we can overcome and improve all things. I've been cut from two high-school sports teams, fallen off a 2 story roof right before my 2 year mission for the Church, failed the Medical College Admissions Test, and have spent countless late nights studying in Medical School. Each one of these trials has brought me to my knees and helped me rely on my Heavenly Father and realize that I can't be successful in life on my own. The Church kept my parents together and strong, which brought me strength after experiencing difficulties in life. My parents helped me strengthen my faith in God, regain my confidence, work harder, and make the teams the following year. I received a special blessing by the restored priesthood of God after I had fallen off the two story roof and I received a miraculous recovery and was able to go on my mission on time. As far as getting into Medical School goes, my family all fasted and prayed for me as I studied very diligently for the same test the following year. Because of the prayers and fasting, and many other miracles, I did much better and I am in Medical School today.

Why I am a Mormon

As a member of a medical student bible study and other Christian medical student groups, I have learned much about others' practices and beliefs in Jesus Christ. I have found that many of these wonderful Christians have good pieces of the gospel, yet there is still something missing and you can see in their eyes that they feel that. Many times I have been asked by my colleagues, "Why aren't there prophets today?" and "How can we be saved by works AND grace?" I have had the opportunity to explain my beliefs to many of these friends and I have loved seeing their eyes light up as they see how restored pieces of puzzle and their true pieces of the puzzle fit together in the complete picture of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up a Mormon, and am still a Mormon because it has brought me great peace. Many of my friends say the essence of Christ's teachings is to love one another. I agree. Living the teachings in the restored Church of Jesus Christ has allowed me to do that. It has enlarged my capacity, desire, and depth of love towards God, His Son Jesus Christ, and all those I meet. Living the teaching in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided me with innumerable opportunities to serve, teach, and grow. I believe that the commandment to "Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34) can be compared to someone telling me provide healing to a dying patient. If I were with that patient in an empty room I would be able to do very little to fulfill that command. Yet, if I were in an emergency center I would have nearly all the tools, medicine, and personnel necessary to help facilitate healing for that person. Similarly, within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have all the programs, instructions, and personnel, including Jesus Christ Himself, necessary to keep all His commandments, including Loving one another as Christ has Loved us. I know this is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by starting off each day by reading my scriptures and words of living prophets, and having sincere prayer. I then have the strength and encouragement to smile and positively encourage and lift others. As a medical student I have a unique opportunity to interact with a lot of sick people and stressed out doctors on a daily basis. Living my faith has allowed me to know who I am, what my purpose in life is, and how I can return to live with God again. This knowledge helps me give as much hope and happiness to those around me; seeing others lives improve and brighten brings me much happiness. Every Sunday my wife and I get to teach 14-15 year old youth. We just moved to this new area and it has been helpful in our marriage to see one another teach and gain stronger faith by hearing one another bear testimony and explain gospel truths. We have gotten very close to the youth and its been good for us to get on our knees every night together, and pray for them by name. This opportunity to serve in the Church has brought us closer together and also drawn us closer to Christ. I also live my faith by serving in the community with my medical skills. Currently I am planning for a community preparedness fair where some classmates and I will be able to teach life saving techniques to families in the event the ambulance or medical professionals will not be immediately on the seen. I like to use my talents of teaching and medical knowledge to help others.