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Hi I'm Russ

I grew up in Idaho. I practice medicine in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four amazing children, and my main hobby for the past several years in staying involved in all that they do. I enjoy reading, and watching or participating in almost any sport. My wife and I regularly run and bike together, and play racquetball whenever possible. We love to camp and fish as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of the gospel and my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ, give me the guidance and the strength I need to confidently negotiate the trials and challenges of my life. As a Mormon, I know that there is a purpose for my life. I know that God has made it possible for me to live with my family forever if we will strive to do what is right and live the best we can. Being a Mormon teaches me to look outside myself and serve those around me. It gives me access to other scriptures including the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. Our church is led by a living prophet just as it has been through most periods of history. This allows me to receive continuing guidance from the Lord's living mouthpiece. These beliefs in addition to many others give me courage for the present and hope for the future.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon has given me many opportunities to help those around me. I have serve in various positions, from my early teens as a youth leader, to serving a two year mission in the Fiji Islands, to my current position as one of the leaders in my local church unit known as a ward. In my current position, I am involved in organizing and oversee activities for all ages, from young children to adults. I help with our weekly Sunday services and spend time with the different youth groups of our ward during the week. I am assigned to visit, aid, and fellowship three families that live in my ward boundaries. They have become like extended family as I have taken the time to get involved in their lives. My son was asked to be my partner in this assignment. This allows us to spend quality time together and introduces him early to the blessings of service.