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Hi I'm Mike

I have lived all over the U.S., I'm an M.D., and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the sixth of seven children, born and raised in Utah. I had a wonderful childhood. Although I spent the first 18 years of my life in one home with my parents and siblings, I moved many times since then, and have lived in the North, South, East and West--all over the United States. My wife is from North Carolina. I joined the Army while in medical school, and subsequently lived in Georgia, Maryland, Utah, Iowa, Alabama, as well as Texas, Hawaii and elsewhere for shorter intervals. Together, my wife and I became parents of 5 girls and 2 boys, all in school now (ages 5, Kindergarten, to 18, college). I love my family. Wherever I am (with them) is home. I also am grateful for many good friends, in different places and of different faiths. I love music, art, literature, nature, and good food. I am not perfect; my life is not always easy; but, I have been blessed with a VERY GOOD LIFE!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother encouraged me to explore all religions as a youth, which I did. I attended various Christian churches, and studied the Bible, as well as non-Christian texts. I have had friends from various different religions, and still do. When I was 16 years old, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time, from cover to cover. I came to Moroni's promise in the final chapter of the book, "when ye shall read these things...ask God...if they are not true"--even though I had been raised by Mormon parents, I decided to take that challenge to heart. I knelt beside the bed in my room, all alone, door closed, as a teenager, and I prayed and asked God. He answered my prayer. It is true, it is true. I know that! Of course, the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, and His Gospel and Atonement--so I know that He is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. If the Book of Mormon is true--and it is--Joseph Smith, its translator, was called of God, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly what it claims to be--the Restored Church of Christ on the earth. Since that experience as a teenager, I have had many, many experiences that have taught me that the Priesthood of God is on the earth again, that this is God's work--that He lives and loves us. He answers prayers. Our lives have a purpose, and we are eternal beings. Families are a big part of that purpose, and I am so grateful that our relationships do not need to end in this life. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and I am so thankful to have it in my life!

How I live my faith

I serve as Assistant Scoutmaster currently, an assignment or calling I received from the leadership of our local congregation or ward. I enjoy working with these youth--one of whom is my son! I have served as Assistant Scoutmaster twice before over the years--on the east coast, and out west--I have also served as Varsity Scout Coach. When I was young, I had great Scout leaders, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. This taught me so much, and I am grateful to be able to give back some of what I received. I try and live my faith in my daily walk, in my work associations, and the choices I make. Jesus Christ is our great role model of service and love, and my faith in Him is an anchor in my life. Other assignments and opportunities I have received have really blessed my life as well, such as music (choir director, pianist, singing), teaching (Sunday School classes and other groups), and many leadership and service opportunities. I have enjoyed assignments to reach out individually to others through what we call home teaching. Unlikely friendships have expanded my view of the world and life, and have increased my understanding of Jesus Christ--and my love for Him and for others, and my own happiness. There are countless ways to serve those around us--including our families--I believe that living my faith in my daily interaction with my wife and children, or my parents and extended family, is no less important than living my faith in my interaction with neighbors, or strangers. I try and live my faith at work and home. For me, living my faith has a lot to do with how I treat other people.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

It is true that Jesus Christ appeared to ancient inhabitants of America--although I am not familiar with a map that shows the exact location--the geography described in The Book of Mormon is still debated among scientists. What this record does show is that Jesus Christ descended from heaven clothed in a white robe, and ministered to a large group (2500 people), other visits followed. He taught the people, healed the sick, blessed the children, and organized His church in the ancient Americas...as a side note, it is interesting to study history and see how remnants of His visit persisted in legends of a "White God" who would return someday among subsequent civilizations, such as the Incas and the Aztecs, influencing events in Spanish conquest of these civilizations...Jesus Christ did visit this continent shortly after His resurrection in the "Old World." I appreciate knowing He is God of the whole earth--and much more! Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As a physician, I have had the privilege of studying the human body--in my training, I have held a beating human heart in my hands, have witnessed and participated in birth and death--the human body testifies to me of a Creator--as do the stars at night, or countless other objects around us constantly. I love to look at the sun--especially on a cold winter day, when the earth is far from that small, white circle of light. All of these remind me that there is a Heavenly Father who loves us. He has answered my prayers. I have felt His love, I know His works, and His reality... Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

I have enjoyed studying Joseph Smith's life (including the names of his dog, Colonel, and horse, Charlie); I have loved visiting places he lived; and I have come to appreciate this remarkable individual. Born in Vermont in 1805, Joseph moved to upstate New York with his parents and family as a youth. At age 14, he had an amazing experience which would change the course of his life--and of the world. He read James chapter 1, verse 5, in the Bible, and decided to follow the counsel, "if any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God"--young Joseph wanted to know which church to join, which was right--he went to the woods to pray, in the spring of 1820; in answer to his prayer, he saw a pillar of light directly over his head, brighter than the sun, and in the light he saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, "whose brightness and glory defy all description." The Father called him by name, and said, "This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!" Joseph had subsequent experiences with heavenly messengers as well, and translated a record which was published as The Book of Mormon. He was called to be a prophet, like Moses and other prophets, and like Peter, Joseph Smith led Christ's Church in modern times, which he was an instrument to re-establish or restore to the earth, under the direction of Jesus Christ, whose Church this is. Other prophets have followed Joseph Smith in leading Christ's Church on the earth, and there is now a living prophet on the earth at this moment. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

As a physician, I appreciate the Church's stance on abortion: “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” This statement from Church leadership in 1973 still applies today. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is scripture--the word of God--a separate volume from the Bible, but it likewise gives testimony or witness of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible support each other. The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealing with prophets in a separate civilization. In the beginning of the book, we read the record of Nephi, who left Jerusalem with his father, Lehi, who was a prophet. They left the Middle East around 600 B.C. and crossed the ocean to the American continent. Nephi also became a prophet, and king of his people. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, He visited these ancient inhabitants of America--you may recall they He had spoken to His apostles of "other sheep" which were not of the fold in the land of Israel--He taught His Gospel to these others as well. The record of these events is contained in The Book of Mormon, along with many stories that are different from those in the Bible among different people, but they likewise strengthen our faith in Christ. The Book of Mormon clearly outlines Gospel principles, faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith once called this book, "the keystone of our religion," saying that we could "get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts..." Show more Show less