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Hi I'm Strait

I grew up in Franklin, Indiana. I'm a family doctor in a small Southern Indiana town. I like to hunt and fly fish. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a boy I dreamed of moving west to work as a wildlife biologist. I wanted to study grizzly bears and spend time in the mountains. I was an average high school student- maybe below average. I did well in college and after serving as a full time missionary for my church, I decided that I liked helping people and maybe had what it would take to become a physician. That became the goal. I married my wife 5 days before my second year of college. We had our first child about 15 months later. Our second child was born during my second year of medical school and the third came during my residency. Our fourth and final child was born after my first year of practice. I have enjoyed the journey to where I am today. There aren't any grizzly bears or mountains where I live, but occasionally I go West on an hunting or fishing trip. Sometimes I think about how things might have been different if I would been a wildlife biologist, and it has always felt great to come back home.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons. I have pioneer ancestors that traveled West to Salt Lake City in 1847 and others that traveled with the Smith family from Vermont to upstate New York and were among the earliest members of the church. As a boy, my family had limited involvement with the church and I was not baptized a member until the age of 11. My parents always spoke highly of the family's heritage as members of the church and I was inspired by the stories that they told about my grandparents and other ancestors and they way that the gospel motivated their lives. In spite of all of that, it wasn't until I was 19 and in my first year of college that I determined to find out if the church was true for myself. I was being strongly encouraged by my bishop to go on a mission and lacked the testimony of the church that made that something that I would want to pursue. I didn't like being a member of the church in name only and resolved to find out for myself if I beleived the doctrine of the church. I began to read the Book of Mormon, ask questions, and prayed for the first time expecting to get an answer. I can't describe how that answer came in writing and I am not sure that I would want to attempt it. It was a personal and sacred experience. I felt the influence of the Holy Spirit and from that time forth, I have known that God lives, that I am one of His children, and that He loves me and wants what is best for me and my family and that He gave his Son, Jesus Christ, so that I can be forgiven of the things that I have done wrong in my life. That knowledge and the motivation that it gives me to try my best to follow God's will has blessed me, and my family. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I served a two year mission in Northern California and shared with others the things that I know about Christ and His atonement. I have served in various positions within the church. I spent a few years as a bishop of our ward and currently serve in another leadership position that gives me the privilege of organizing programs that help members in many different ways. My faith is personal and I find great comfort in knowing that there is a process by which I can continue to work on becoming a better person myself and a more consecrated disciple of Jesus Christ, and in that process I can help others do the same.