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Hi I'm Mike Kleven.

I’m a devoted husband, a proud father, a wannabe musician, an aspiring writer and a practicing physician. And I’m a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my greatest joy. I've got a beautiful wife and five remarkable kids (I'm technically step-dad to four of them) that make life a wonderful adventure. I’ve also been blessed with opportunities for: • friendship – growing up and today, I've had some truly great friends • education – BYU for undergrad, then medical school in AZ • career – family practice doctor • service – as a missionary in the French West Indies, now professionally every day at work I love music. My talents are minimal, but my appreciation is immense. Having failed – thankfully – to become a rock star in my youth, I now focus most of my musical efforts on uplifting and spiritual music, including arrangements of favorite hymns for piano and vocal performance. I love exercise, particularly weight-lifting. This interest is somewhat spiritual in nature, as I believe the body is the temple of our spirit – a beautiful, divine gift from our Creator, to be cared for and respected. I love America. The eternal principles to which our founding aspired – liberty and justice – inspire me, and political discussion thrills me when it leads to clarity and mutual respect. I love nature. Living in Arizona, it’s easy to see monotony in the desert. Yet there is beauty all around, no matter where we live, if we look with an eye of gratitude. I love good movies. Actually I love good stories, especially when performed artfully with quality music, acting and cinematography. And I love my dog, Jools. She's a yorkie.

Why I am a Mormon

This is quite simple, really: I love truth, and I believe this is it. When I study the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I feel the Spirit tell me that it's true. I believe the fullness of His gospel is found in the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The more I learn, the more I see simplicity, elegance, divinity and love in our Heavenly Father’s plan. Having found the truth, I've chosen to live it. Or at least to try my best. Not surprisingly, I’ve discovered that living it brings me happiness and peace. Life still brings its challenges, of course, but the light of the gospel gives me an eternal perspective that helps me see the blessings and spiritual growth that come from those challenges. I’ve now lived long enough to see some of the real-world consequences of living in opposition to the teachings of Jesus. This has convinced me that His commandments, which may seem restrictive at first, are in reality the wise guidance of a loving Father in Heaven, and that conforming my life to His will leads to far greater happiness and freedom than I could ever know without Him.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Imperfectly, I confess. Yet even the effort brings joy. Most of that joy comes from serving others. The Church provides opportunities for service in the community, like the house-painting project we’ll be doing next month, or the Christmas quilts we make for homeless shelters. Participation in the choir and other musical forms of worship further helps me express my faith, and hopefully uplift others in the process. My faith affects the way I treat my patients at work. It helps me see them as God does – as His children, each with divine potential, each deserving of love, respect and my help. My faith teaches me humility, which allows me to learn from them. My precious time with them is mutually rewarding when I’m really living my faith. Most of all, my faith is the foundation of my relationship with my wife and family. We believe that, through the ordinances of the restored gospel and the atonement of Jesus Christ, our family can be together forever. Life is a team effort, and we’re all on the same team with the same goal. Our faith brings the Spirit of the Lord into our home, making it a peaceful place (most of the time, of course) and a refuge from the world. I grew up in such a home, and my faith helps me provide the same for my family.