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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a family doctor in Omaha Nebraska, the father of 4 kids (2 with diabetes), I play tromone, speak Swedish, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful family, consisting of my wife and our 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls). The oldest two are currently in college, and the youngest 2 are in high school. We stay busy supporting them in their activities, such as marching band in the fall. Both of our sons have diabetes and are on insulin pumps. Diabetes has been part of our family for 16 years, so counting carbohydrates and checking blood sugars are things we do in our sleep (literally at times!). I have lived in Nebraska for 14 years, having moved around the country in my past following my father's Army career and my own 10 years in the Army. Over the years, I lived in California, Utah, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, and now Nebraska. I love being family doctor - taking care of people from newborn babies to senior citizens - because it lets me interact with so many people. I consider it a privilege that they let me into their lives when they are sick or hurt, are mourning the loss of a loved one, celebrating the birth of a new baby, and everything in between. I consider it a sacred opportunity to act in a small way like our Savior, the Master Healer, and recognize His guidance as I try to help His children. My greatest joys come from my family - watching our kids grow and mature and choose to make right decisions. I appreciate all of the good people in our community who live lives of integrity and strive to make our cities and our neighborhoods great places to live and raise a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because teachings, authority and ordinances of this church bless my life and help me be a better person every day. I was raised in a family who were members of this church, but I am an active member today because of the countless experiences I have had in which the Spirit has born witness to my heart and to my mind that this is, in actual reality, the church and gospel of Jesus Christ, restored to earth again, with all of the truth, power, and authority that can only come from him. I am trained as a scientist, and learned from an early age the scientific method of proving if something is correct or not. Although I cannot show it in a lab experiment or document it in a photograph or data analyzed from observations, I know - through living the gospel and asking God, the source of all truth - that all of the things you can read about on this website are true. I know that the Book of Moron is another testament of Christ, a witness along with the Bible of Christ's mission and teachings, of his death and resurrection, and of his infinite and eternal atonement for all of God's children, if we will take advantage of it. I know that Christ's priesthood authority - that which he gave to his apostles of old - has been restored to the earth in our days, and that I, and thousands of other men hold this priesthood and have through it the power and authority to work in Christ's name. I know that Christ leads this church in our times, through a succession of prophets from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson, who receive revelation from Christ to teach and lead us in our times. I also know that everyone else who wants to know this may know this, if they will seek, study and ask God with faith, an open heart, and with real intent.

How I live my faith

The most important thing I do to live my faith is to try to follow the example Jesus Christ set for me, as recorded in the Bible. His life was an example of how I should strive to live mine - full of love, kindness, service, compassion, and obedience to the will of the Father. Although I fall far short of his perfect example, Christ's teachings and the infinite power of his atonement empower me to become a better person and a better disciple. The first and most important place I try to do this is in my home, showing love and kindness to my wife and children, and working together as parents to teach and lead our children to do the same, much the same way Christ taught and those who followed him in his day. I also do this through my service in the Church. I have the privilege to help lead all of the Sunday and weekday teachings and activities we provide for the children and teenagers in the 10 congregations in our part of Omaha. For example, this summer 100 of our teenagers spent 3 days serving in our community - including the Open Door Mission, Salvation Army, Omaha Genealogical Society, and visiting several senior citizen communities. It's great to see these young people radiate the light of Christ as they serve others. And then I also try to be kind, caring, and compassionate to the people I work with, the patients I care for, and to my neighbors and others in my community. It sounds like a lot to do, and I usually don't do it as well as I would like to, but as I begin each day with prayer and some time reading the scriptures, the Lord blesses me and magnifies my ability to be a better person and a better Christian.