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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm an orthodontist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The first thing you should know about me is where I come from. I grew up as the oldest of what would eventually be ten children. This meant that we didn't have much in the way of material things, and there was never a dull moment. I was born in Provo, Utah in the late 70s, but I grew up in the eastern United States. I've always loved sports. My favorite baseball team was and is the Atlanta Braves; ever since they went to the World Series in 1991, I've been a huge fan. I loved watching their unbelievable pitching staff during the 90s: Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux--so many greats! Lately, I have become fascinated with golf. I had a chance to go to the Masters in 2007, and after that I was hooked. I love playing and improving. I admire so many great players, including Tom Watson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy. I love being outdoors: hiking, golfing, driving with the windows down. The most important thing in my life, though, is my family. I have been happily married for almost ten years now. I have an adopted teenage son, a 7-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way. We have so much fun together! Reading, talking, playing games (lately we're hooked on corn hole and tag). I've always been interested in art and science, and dentistry was a natural fit for me. As an orthodontist, I feel fortunate to have a job that I absolutely love, that is challenging, and that allows me to provide for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ began in my childhood. I clearly recall the peaceful, comforting, and joyful feelings of the Holy Ghost that came over me as I learned the gospel in my home and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There I was taught to sing religious songs, to read the word of God, and to admire and emulate Jesus Christ and His disciples in all ages. During my teenage years, my relationship with Christ matured as I began to earnestly live the gospel I was being taught. The Holy Ghost expanded my comprehension of God's love and purposes for me as I chose to follow the Savior. That understanding continues to expand today as I strive to live what I have been taught. The restored church of Christ and his everlasting gospel have truly transformed me. I have become less fearful and more hopeful; I have been filled with God's love for my brothers and sisters; I have grown more patient with myself and others; I have seen my weaknesses begin to become strengths. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church, restored for our time. The complete gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is found in this church. He personally directs it through annointed prophet-servants, just as He always has. His Spirit, the Holy Ghost, speaks today and will always guide the sincere follower of Christ in the path of righteousness and truth. This has been my experience, and I know it can be yours as well.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. I do this by taking time each morning before work to study the scriptures (the Bible, The Book of Mormon, and teachings of modern prophets of God), pray, and meditate. I find that having the words of my prayers and the words of God kicking around in my head during the rest of the day helps me make good choices and be open to spiritual promptings. Reaching out to others also helps me live my faith each day. I have other church members that I look after, and I touch bases with them regularly to see how they are doing. I've been able to help them stay close to God, and that helps me to as well. I give time and effort in my church throughout the week and on Sundays as a sort of assistant pastor. No one in our church gets paid, not even the bishop (or pastor) of our church, so we all pitch in and help, and this also helps us stay close to God each day. By far, the most important way I live my faith is in my home. As a husband and father, I am responsible for being a spiritual leader, along with my wife. Together we plan daily spiritual lessons for our kids, based on their needs and things we feel impressed to discuss. We try to be good examples at home of the gospel principles we teach. We also try to stay involved in the community.