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Hi I'm Landon

I'm a medical student, a husband, an outdoor guy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a medical student. I am passionate about healing and about learning about the complexities of the human body. I find a lot of satisfaction out of developing relationships with people, and hope that as a future physician, I will be able to form these relationships. I still have a lot of school to go before I become a doctor, but I'm excited for the ride. I'm a very relaxed person and I believe that this quality will help me to be a good doctor. I met my wife during undergrad and we've been married for three years. We enjoy spending time together, cooking, traveling, spending time with family, and spending time in the outdoors. I am on outdoor enthusiast. I didn't know that I love the outdoors as a child because I think I just always was spending time outside. When I started going to school and working and having to spend time inside, I realized how much I enjoyed being outside as I often find myself staring out the window and wishing to be outside. I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, biking, running, snowboarding, wake boarding, and I'm always up to try something new. Nature really helps me to think clearly about myself and the world. I'm not a very emotional person, but I feel a lot of emotion when I'm in nature. I especially love being in the mountains and have had many spiritual experiences there.

Why I am a Mormon

Most of what and who we are we don't get to choose. We don't choose where we grow up, our parents, our siblings, our genetic makeup, our race, or our country of origin. The list could go on and on. The religion our parents introduced us to or didn't introduce us to is not our choice either, but unlike the examples I listed above eventually we will be forced to choose what to do with the religion given us. I was introduced to the church by my parents who were introduced by their parents and so on. But, I consciously decide every day to be a Mormon independent of my parents, friends, and social background. I make this decision based on how I feel inside, and also because it makes sense to me. The most fundamental belief to a Mormon is knowing that our Heavenly Father lives, loves us, and that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son. After thought, prayer, meditation, and conversation with dear friends, I have come to know that these things are true. These truths provide me with direction, comfort, joy, and a desire to be a better person. They are the foundation that I build the rest of my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with a template that we can use to guide our lives. It is designed to make us better and stronger people. It's not a measuring stick designed to make us feel guilty for never measuring up or being good enough, but a path that Christ has designed specifically for each one of us so we can reach our full potential. I follow the gospel of Jesus Christ because I know that with him, and only with him, I can reach my full potential. Being a Mormon also blesses other aspects of my life. The church has social programs that will help my family if we ever need it. The church has youth programs for my future children. The church is a gathering place where we can come to enjoy making friends that help us to be better people. The church provides me with opportunities to serve others and to be served.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is an every day thing. My life revolves around serving God, and my life is dedicated to Him. Daily prayer, scripture study, and weekly church meetings are a big part of staying strong. Doing my best to live what we believe also gives me strength. Family is a big part of who we are, and the church strengthens my family. My wife and my relationship is no doubt strengthened because of our faith in Jesus Christ. I currently serve in the church by working with the youth ages 16 to 18. My wife works with the 14 to 16-year-old, so we get to spend a lot of time together in our volunteer work. Working with the youth gives me the opportunity to take them on outings, attend youth nights weekly, and teach Sunday school. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was 18, so working with the youth is like hanging out with my friends. Dedicating this much time to the youth can be difficult, especially during medical school, but I believe that God blesses me when I keep my priorities straight by keeping Him first in my life. I have felt His strength in school as I have served him outside of school.