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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in Hawaii. I've done a 206 mile bike race, an Olympic triathlon and a marathon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of six children ages 11,10, 7, 4, 2 1/2, and 1 and we are expecting our seventh in October 2012. We enjoy hiking, camping, riding bikes, swimming at the neighborhood pool, and watching movies. Our children are in home school and are active in sports, piano lessons, and reading. I enjoy reading the classics and self help books and my wife and I vacation together yearly to celebrate our anniversary. We have cycled the Oregon Coast together, back-packed into the Na Pali Coast on Kauai, Hawai'i, hiked the Narrows in Zion's National Park, Utah, and last year went to 7 theme parks in 8 days in Florida (on Sunday we rested). I am a family doctor in our small town of Kuna, Idaho, population 16,000 and growing. I am the Medical Director of a Hospice agency, oversee mental health counselling services at two local offices and interpret for Vietnamese patients at the hospital when time permits. In 2006 I rode the Logan, Utah to Jackson, Wyoming bike race in one day, the "Lotoja." In 2010 I ran the Logan, Utah Marathon in September and in 2009 and 2011 I did an Olympic distance triathlon in Emmett, Idaho. I enjoy playing basketball and volleyball in the winter (my blood still runs tropical I guess). When I have spare time, I compose, sing and play music on the acoustic guitar. I also play the piano, but mostly for church functions, and ocassionally will get out my trumpet, which I played for a year in the Brigham Young University Jazz Band. I am an Eagle Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family of Mormons, but gained a testimony of its truthfulness by living it. The Lord has told us to try His word. I have done that in every case. We do not have to blindly follow, but should experience for ourself. That does not require us to experience both evil and good to know for ourselves. All the really good things this life has to offer are available through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more I obey His simple teachings, the more freedom I have. For example, because I choose not to look at pornographic images, I am free to have a beautiful and loving relationship with my wife and daughters and cherish them for all they are, inside and out, not just see them or other women as a physical image. These kinds of teachings have brought me great peace: instead of being fearful that someone will catch me in my sinful ways, I look forward to being caught doing good. But I also enjoy doing good without being caught, especially at Christmas. This church has demonstrated a commitment to Humanitarian service which does not discriminate. These are examples of the fruits of the true gospel of Christ which are everywhere in our Church. Mainly I am a believer because I have read the Book of Mormon numerous times (including this morning) and I know it is the word of God after praying and asking God to confirm to me of its truthfulness. He has given me a peaceful feeling confirming the intellectual evidence that abounds of its truth: Joseph Smith could not have made up that book. Knowing that, I know he was truly a prophet of God and the Priesthood power he restored to the earth blesses my home daily now. I can have real peace in the knowledge that, whatever happens, I have nothing of lasting value to lose: Christ has provided a way for everything that really matters in this life to be brought back, restored to us whole. That is a priceless treasure, the likes of which I keep finding everywhere-from Asia to Europe- in His church. The Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Mostly I enjoy being with my kids and since they enjoy that too, I have trouble getting enough sleep more often than not. I am convinced that the greatest work we can do is between the four walls of our home and the best way to contribute to changing the world is one child at a time. This is the message of the Kiwanis Club of which I am a member and we provide service for thousands of local children each year in countless ways. But the lives we impact most are those of our family. Since we believe in the continuation of the family unit after this life, it makes sense to me to work on those relationships most as they are the ones we will be with the longest. And this has paid off. Mostly it is the example we set that teaches our children to be good. I read in the scriptures--the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, or Pearl of Great Price--daily and have done so since I was 14 years old as part of a challenge in Seminary, the Bible study class for teenagers in our church. I write in my journal once or twice a month and attend our temple every week. As leader of a group of older men in our congregation, I organize 4 activities yearly, two of which are service oriented, and two social events. Recently we put in a section of fence for two families, one down my street who is a member of our church and another across town who is Catholic. This last fall we organized lunch for all those involved in raking up our community and we will join them shoulder to shoulder in doing so. We hope to make this an annual event. I visit members of our church weekly to teach and find out about their well being and interview our group's members monthly to find out how well they are caring for their own family and for the members of our congregation assigned to them to watch over. I have a meeting monthly to report how I am doing to the area leadership and organize from our group who will teach each Sunday in our meeting.