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Hi I'm Cory

I grew up the oldest of six kids. I worked my way through college. I'm a 1st-year medical student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It's been a year since we were married, and life is great. We have a very small, one-bedroom place together, a convenient commute to school and work, and friends, fun, opportunity, and experience all around us! Marriage and family are wonderful -- we are committed to it and wouldn't have it any other way. I am almost finished with my first year of medical school, and people often ask me if am planning to specialize. I am, but it's a little too early still to say what in. Lately I've been thinking about a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology. It has always been important to me to have a solid background in general education--that's a lot of why I find a med-peds residency an appealing option. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, keeping up my jumpshot, learning, teaching, and sharing stories, laughs, and adventures with a good group of friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church but have felt my faith challenged at various times in my life. I have always been a deep thinker. This led me multiple times in the past to examine my beliefs more closely and to question if it really was all true, and how or if I could find out. I have done a lot of reading, thinking, and praying, and I have tested it out for myself. It has been in exercising my faith by living the teachings of Church that I have come to know that they are, indeed, true. The more I have lived it, the more I have studied, and the more I have prayed, the more firmly, powerfully, and peacefully I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm the truth of what I have embraced. I have seen miracles in myself and others. I have received direct answers to my prayers. I have been taught, strengthened, and enabled in both spiritual and normal every-day things, and I am persuaded that this is path that will lead me to the greatest happiness, both in this life and the next. Being a Mormon has brought me to a knowledge of who I am, where I came from, the purpose of this life, and what comes after. It has provided me with a solid foundation of guiding principles to help me navigate through all the confusion and uncertainties of life. In short I know it's true, it sets me free, and brings out the very best in me. I love it.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is an every day thing. I start every morning and end every night with prayer. I read the study the scriptures every morning as I ride the bus to school. I try to make good choices, keep my language and life clean, and treat others with kindness and respect. I try to stand up for true principles in class discussions and other conversations. Despite this, I would say one of the most recognizable ways I live my faith is what I do with my Sundays. I believe that Sunday is the sabbath day and should be special and set apart from other days of the week. Sundays start with getting up in the morning and getting ready for church. This includes getting together any last-minute preparations for our class we teach. My wife and I are in charge of teaching a sunday school primary class consisting of eleven, count 'em, eleven four-year-old children. It takes a lot of energy, but it's a blast. After church, we'll come home, and depending on the day we'll eat, take a nap, call family members, study the scriptures, write in our journals, visit other members or friends, or go for a walk together. Part of making it a day of rest for us means that we don't do homework, shop, watch TV, eat out. It's nice to step away from the world for a day, and even though it is tempting to use the day to study for exams, I have always been blessed to do just fine, anyway. Keeping the sabbath day holy is important to me, and it's really helped me keep balance and perspective in my busy life.