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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in a military family so have lived in many places. I love the outdoors and travelling. I'm a dentist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a close family of 4 brothers. I married my beautiful wife while in dental school and we have 1son and three daughters. Two have married and we now have 8 grandchildren. My wife and I are best friends and the close family continues. I have enjoyed backpacking, camping, SCUBA diving, and travelling. I love reading and working in my yard. I also enjoy good music and theater. I earned a BS on Zoology from BYU and my dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. I have lived in many places, including Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Alabama, and Germany. I have practiced dentistry for 33 years and anticipate retirement in the next few years. I especially have enjoyed meeting some dental needs for a few local charitable organizations, allowing me to share some of the blessings I have enjoyed in life. I enjoy discovering my family history and am proud of it. My mother's family came through the Cumberland Gap with Daniel Boone, who is a 7th great uncle, and settled in Missouri where they still work the family farm. I am a forth generation American of Scottish descent on my father's side. I love my country and have a great respect for and support those who serve.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ when I was 20 years old. After two years of studying what I had learned in my youth and the doctrines of this new church I had become aquainted with, I made the decision to be baptized and have never regretted it. I had always had faith in Jesus Christ, but the Savior's doctrines as taught by the LDS church were simple, pure, and clear. Through personal study and prayer, with a desire to know, the Holy Ghost testified to me the truth of those teachings. The Plan of Salvation, explaining where we came from, why we are here, and the eternal potential of individuals and families, gives purpose to life and offers peace, hope, comfort, and courage in the face of life's adversities and trials. Through the years I have developed a profouund trust in Jesus Christ. I know that he is there, he knows me personally, and listens to and answers my prayers. I know he desires me to reach my full potential and guides me along the path to do so. No matter what happens, I know he will be with me and that somehow, no matter how difficult the challenge or how dark the moment, things will work out and be OK.

How I live my faith

Before becoming a Mormon, it became clear to me that this would not just be a new religion, but a way of life. From what I had seen and experienced, however, it was a great way - a better way - of life and I wanted to be a part of it. Having lived that life for many years, I would never go back, never change a minute. It has been a blessing to me and those I love. I have become a more loving, patient, and compassionate person. I have learned to focus on the positive in people and in life. I am far, far from perfect, but am a better person for trying to live a more Christ like life. I have been and continue to be a work in progress, but have seen so much good come from those who are followers of the Savior. I have had the opportunity to serve in various volunteer capacities in my community - both civic and private - to try and make it a better place to live. I have served in various church positions in our lay ministry. I love being a hometeacher, wherein I visit the homes of several families, from widows to large families, each month to bring a spiritual message and look after their welfare in any way I can be of service. I have worked with our young people for many years, teaching and planning, conducting, and leading many activities. Personally, I work to strengthen myself through regular study of the scriptures and doctrines of the gospel, daily prayer, and serving the Lord with the best I have to give. I have been blessed by diligently trying to live the commandments, including our code of health, being honest, contributing tithes and offerings, dedicating the Sabbath to the Lord, being chaste and seeking virtue. I am grateful for the Lord's guidance in how to have joy in life. I have tried to follow Christ's example in how I interact with my family. I am always working to be better husband and a better father. In all of these things I have come to know that the Lord does not offer limitations, but the freedom to live a better life and have joy in the journey.