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Hi I'm Maurice.

I've volunteered in poverty-stricken countries. I'm an Ivy League Graduate. I love sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010 and married in 2009 to a wonderful and amazing woman. Together, we have a rescue dog who was previously abused and are now expecting our first child. We currently reside in Bothell, WA and I work as a Life Insurance agent as I prepare for Medical School. I love to study and learn new things, no matter how random they may be, but I also love to be outdoors and play sports, no matter how short I may be. A couple of years ago, I volunteered in free clinic in the poorest (and most dangerous) area outside of Trujillo, Peru, and just recently returned from building houses for earthquake amputees who live several hours away from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I love to travel and speak 3 languages fluently and am working on another two. I was able to backpack across Europe alone without an itinerary. I have been to Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza and my wife and I plan on seeing all of the 7 wonders of the world. I've been skydiving and surfing and love to try new things (as long as my wife lets me).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but while I was in my youth, I knew that I needed to make sure that I really believed in it and that I had a testimony of the teachings found therein. As I studied, prayed, and sought answers, I realized one day that I already knew the answer. I noted that despite the many trials and afflictions that I'd faced throughout my life, I had always been happy. Where did this happiness come from? Why did I not get bogged down by the weight of the problems life threw at me? It came from the knowledge and testimony I had gained growing up in the Church. Because of this, I knew that problems were a part of life, a necessary part that would help me become a better individual. I also realized that despite what happens, this life is not the end and that the true rewards will come after this mortal stage. Life made sense and I knew that there needed to be an Architect to this Plan and that he is a loving, merciful being. As someone who loves to learn and gain knowledge, I know that I cannot do so without the help of the Holy Spirit, and I cannot have His guidance without doing the will of my Father in Heaven. This life is not easy and it was never meant to be, but it was meant for us to be happy. Being a Mormon has helped me be so.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the first counselor to the Bishop of our church unit. His responsibility is to look after the members of our congregation, and my responsibility is to assist him. I have had several callings (or voluntary assignments) throughout my membership; some of these have included teaching the youth and adults. I also visit members of our congregation from time to time to make sure that their needs are met, whether they be emotional, physical, or even financial. It is how we as members look over each other. I know it is what the Savior did during His mortal sojourn, and that it is what He would expect from His followers.