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Hi I'm Michael

I live in Arizona, I am an anesthesiologist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 25 years and am the father of four children. I'm an anesthesiologist. I find great satisfaction in helping people who are suffering. I enjoy reading, sports, and being in the outdoors, especially if I can do these activities with family members. I love to fly fish and scuba dive when I have the opportunity. I enjoy diving in tropical waters. I love to travel and see how other people live. I enjoy experiencing the art, architecture and food of countries around the world. I enjoy cooking when I have the time, and love to eat. I have a weakness for cookies, doughnuts, and ice cream. My family and friends love my homemade Peppermint and Oreo ice cream. I plant a small garden in the fall and another garden in the spring. Yard work is therapeutic for me. I enjoy helping others. I am an eagle scout and an avid scouter. I was able to travel to London England with my oldest son in 2007 to participate in the World Jamboree there on the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the birth place of scouting. Together we were also able to attend the 2010 National Jamboree & celebrate the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the USA. In 2013 I traveled with my youngest son to the National Jamboree at the Bechtel Summit for the 1st jamboree at this high adventure camp where we celebrated the 100th anniversary of LDS Scouting. I love the Lord Jesus Christ, His gospel, and my family!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents were not active in the church and divorced when I was two. At the time it was felt that it would be better for my siblings and I to be raised in a home that was more stable. Consequently, my aunt and uncle took the three of us into their home. They lived the teachings of the gospel and treated us as their own. They are the parents I know. This has made all the difference in my life. They taught me a way to live, a way to be happy. Since then I have learned that as I pattern my life after the life of the Savior Jesus Christ I will be happy. I believe Cecil B DeMille when he said "It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law." I believe that families can be forever and this thought motivates me to live the gospel. I want to live with my family forever and I want to help others to have this same blessing in their lives. I know that someday I will have to account to the Lord for the life I have lead. This also motivates me to live righteously. Recently my birth father died quickly of Pancreatic cancer. This has helped me realize that life is too short and our relationships are too precious to spend all my time working. I have therefore made a commitment to spend more time at home with the people that matter most in my life. I believe a wise man when he said, "When it comes to families, there is no such thing as quality time without a certain quantity of time."

How I live my faith

A few years ago I prayed to Heavenly Father for additional direction in my life. The answer that I received was that the greatest work that I could do in this life would be done within the walls of my own home. This truth, coupled with my knowledge that families can be united forever, tells me that I live my faith best as I strive to be a faithful, supportive husband and a wonderful father to my children. I do this by staying in close communion with my Heavenly Father. I begin each day with prayer and a study of the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and try to read and study other uplifting literature every day that will help me to keep my thoughts and actions centered on the things that matter most which are my relationships with my God and my family. I strive to preserve time with my family members to cement those relationships and to allow me the opportunity to teach them by word and deed. This is how I best live my faith.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Michael
There are no restrictions on who can join the church based on race. Every worthy man age 12 or older can receive the priesthood. We believe that God, our Heavenly Father, loves all his children and wants each of us to return to live with Him forever. Because we all have the same Heavenly Father we are all brothers and sisters regardless of the color of our skin. We should therefore love one another as the Savior Jesus Christ taught. Our Heavenly Father knows each of us by name and knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the end from the beginning. He wants all of us to come unto Him and His son Jesus Christ. He has designed a plan that if followed will help all his children, regardless of race, return to live in His kingdom. This goal is God's work and His glory! Show more Show less