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Hi I'm Adam

I'm an emergency physician, nordic skier, trail runner, father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a ski town in the mountains of Wyoming, United States. Living and working in a tourist destination gives me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who come to visit the two national parks in my back yard. As an emergency physician, I’m usually the guy you DON’T want to meet when you are on vacation. I studied philosophy as an undergraduate, and I did my emergency medicine training in Massachusetts. I am happily married and have four children and a bird-hunting dog. Our family enjoys outdoor recreation in all seasons, especially winter. One of my favorite activities is going for a 6 hour "over distance" trail run with my wife through the Jedediah Smith, Wind River, or Gros Ventre Wilderness Areas near my home. Because I work odd hours including nights, weekends, and holidays, I am also off work at odd hours, including some weekdays. I use this time to train. I am a serious masters nordic skier. I average 10-15 hours a week training specifically for nordic skiing, but back down to about 8 hours on a week that I am racing. I am also a fanatic about following professional cross-country ski racing. I am known to wake up at 3AM just to watch live video streaming of a race in Europe. I daily read cross-country race websites both in English and in Swedish. I'm afraid my sports heros don't give me much traction in social conversations in the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

 In my line of work I am daily confronted with the seeming injustices with life Why does a 35 year old mother of 3 children have to be dying from cancer? Why do people suffer from mental illness? Why did this person have to die from getting hit by a drunk driver when they weren't the ones breaking any laws or doing anything wrong? Why was this child abused by the person that was supposed to be protecting them? The list is endless. These are hard questions to confront. How can God be merciful, loving, and just when bad things happen to good people? Some have concluded that because of life’s injustices, a loving God cannot exist. Some skeptics argue that religion is a man-made concept to help people “deal” with catastrophe and heart-ache a psychological “crutch to lean on” as it were. I have struggled to get my mind around these issues. I have to admit, were it not for the doctrines taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I probably would not be able to align myself with religion. But the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address these issues beautifully, and head-on. These doctrines give me a “matrix” in which I can understand good/bad, health/sickness, wealth/poverty, life/death, and so on. These doctrinal concepts have resonated so much with me that it has become clear that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not merely an invention of man to help us deal with catastrophe. On the contrary, these doctrines resonate with me because they are true and eternal. As a race, humans seem to give highest credence to the type of knowledge we can gain through the scientific method. But there is another type of understanding called faith that will never be understood through the scientific method. In modern society the scientific method tends to “out shout” faith, and faith is sometimes viewed as backward or at least inferior to the scientific method. Faith is often viewed as irrational or anti-intellectual. The Church has helped me see things “as they really are.” Faith and science are best not viewed as opposites, but two parts to one whole. The two are not incompatible they are inseparable if we want a complete understanding of life. This is why the Church teaches its members to get as much education as possible, both secular and religious.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by trying to put other’s needs and interests in front of my own, and striving to live a clean and upright life. This means putting family interests in front of personal interests. It means serving actively both in the community and within the Church. I am a scoutmaster for a local boy scout troop, and I volunteer giving medical talks to local paramedics and ski patrollers. I live my faith by not drinking coffee, even on long, stressful night shifts. I live my faith by abstaining from alcohol, even when a cold beer could be relaxing after after a chaotic day at the hospital. I also live my faith by not being judgmental and looking down on those who do drink coffee and alcohol. I live my faith by paying 10 percent of my income to the Church both as an acknowledgement that everything I have comes from God, and also as an expression that my heart is not devoted to the things of this world. I live my faith observing the Sabbath day as a day of worship. This means not skiing on Sunday, even after two feet of fresh powder just dropped on my area. Because of the nature of my job, I occasionally have to work on Sundays. But when I’m not at work, I go to church, even after I have been working all night, and even if I would rather be skiing. Sundays are also spent in the company of family and friends. We often go to a friend’s house for dinner on Sundays or have friends over to our home on Sundays. I live my faith by doing what is right, even when it is not to my advantange. It means not engaging in profanity when everyone around me is using profane language. It means being fiercely loyal to my wife. It means opposing forces such as pornography that degrade women, corrupt men, and destroy families. In short, it means trying really hard to be a good man. 

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Adam
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms the sanctity of life, and opposes abortion. But to better understand the reasons behind the Church’s position, it is important to understand the doctrinal concept we call “The Plan of Salvation.” Briefly, we believe that life neither began when we were born, nor ends when we die. Gaining a body as part of mortal life is an essential step in our eternal progression toward becoming like God. To deny a baby the chance of mortal life is denying a spirit-being the opportunity to progress. This is also why many Church members choose to have large families--to give spirit-beings the opportunity to progress. Integral to the doctrine of “The Plan of Salvation” is the concept of choice and accountability. This is what Church members refer to as “agency” i.e. we are free agents. We are free to choose our actions for ourselves, but we are not free to choose the consequences or our actions. Our ability to be free agents was part of who we were before we were born. When we undermine our agency by trying to avoid the consequences of our actions, we go against our natures. This is especially true when those consequences negatively impact others. In the context of abortion, if we choose to be sexually intimate, we have to accept the potential consequences of pregnancy. To try to erase the consequence of our choice by aborting the pregnancy is a violation of eternal laws integral to our nature. We will never be at peace when we violate those laws. It fact, this concept of the law of choice and accountability is so important in Church doctrine that abortion is, in fact, allowed when choice was not a part of the sexual act i.e. rape and incest. It should be stressed that even in cases of rape and incest, abortion is only considered after significant counseling. It also should be noted that the Church has a social services operation to assist with the adoption process for mothers who are pregnant but do not wish to keep the child.   Show more Show less