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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a father, I'm a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I wear many hats but above all I am a father and a husband. My family is everything to me. I am a primary care physician. I love helping my patients live healthy lives. I enjoy staying in shape. I am a wood carver.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to my faith at birth. My parents shared with me their love of God and his work. They fostered in me a desire to know for myself that this is God's church. I remain a Mormon due to a deep conviction that I am following God's plan for me. Through answers to my own prayers, I have felt directly the love of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He lives! This knowledge brings me peace in a troubled world, faith to continue on and joy in the journey.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every minute of every day. How well I live it depends on my choices and actions. Perfect, I am not but through the divine gift of continual repentance, I can slowly, step by step, grace by grace live a disciple's life. My desire is to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. My most important obligation is to be a righteous father. I struggle to nurture my children in the ways of the Lord. I pray constantly for help, to be quicker to praise, to be steady in comfort and to allow them to grow. Currently I have been asked to teach Sunday School. I love studying the scriptures, pondering their words and finding new understandings. Even more so, I love to share those insights with my class and hear theirs in return. Together we rejoice in the spirit, growing closer to God.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Michael
One of the aspects of the church that rang true to me as a child was that of the "lay ministry." Paul teaches us that we are all members of the body of Christ. We are all important and have unique qualities to bless the lives of others. It makes sense to me that we all be asked to participate in some fashion. This is the church of Jesus Christ. It is not the church of Joseph Smith nor any other man. He is the one that guides and directs his work. Though a professionally trained pastor may have more knowledge and experience, a humble follower of Christ can be led by his spirit to do and say precisely what is needful as well. For a time, I was asked to be the leader of our congregation. I constantly sought for Heaven's help and know that God was with us in all we did. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Michael
God requires perfection to live in His presence but asks for our very best effort. He will bless me for all that I do, but none of my works will ever merit eternal life. I will always require his mercy and his grace. Jesus Christ offers that to all who will follow him. He is the way, he is the only path that leads to eternal life. 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?

Michael
As a physician I am amazed by the human body. To me it is a testament the there is a God. It is a divine gift, given to us here on this earth to help us learn and to grow. By this gift, God has given the power to create new life to house the spirits of His children. By caring for our bodies we show God that we are grateful for this most wonderful gift. Show more Show less