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Hi I'm Bart

I'm a husband and a father. I'm a periodontist and a scuba diver. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend and we are the proud and lucky parents of four amazing children ages 2-9. My wife and I have been married eleven years and for 10 of those years I was a full time student. All four of our children were born while I was in school, and though it was never easy we didn't want to delay starting our family. We've never regretted that- we've been blessed more than we could imagine. My wife and I met at a church singles activity inner tubing down a river. She stole my tube, I couldn't talk her out of it and I've been chasing her around ever since. We see our life together as a big adventure and each year is more exciting and fulfilling than the last. I couldn't imagine life without her. I am a periodontist by profession. I absolutely love my job. Every day is a new puzzle, every new patient is a welcome challenge. I find a lot of satisfaction with helping others improve their health and quality of life. I'm a saltwater fisherman and I'm a scuba diver. On just about any given day, I'd rather be on or under the water than just about anywhere else. I love good film, good books, good food, and great music. I'm a hopeless die-hard Seahawks and Mariners fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up all over the world, the son of an Air Force pilot. Moving every 2-4 years, the one constant besides my family was the church. After High School I served in the church as a missionary for 2 years in South Florida. After my mission I went to school for 11.5 years, but I learned more in those two years of service than any extent of formal education could have taught me. Before my mission, I always believed Christ's gospel to be true. On many occasions, I felt the promptings and comfort of the Holy Spirit confirming the truth of the teachings. I never felt I could follow the promise of Moroni in the Book of Mormon if I already believed. (Moroni 10: 4-5) "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I reached a point on my mission when I felt I really needed to kneel down and pray. I needed to do the thing I was inviting others to do. One night before bed I knelt beside my bed and began to pray with the intent of asking my Heavenly Father to confirm to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the restored gospel. Before I could even utter the words, the spirit filled my heart with an overwhelming sense of joy and peace. It felt as though He could barely wait to answer. I've had similar experiences since, but I always reflect on this moment as being pivotal in my spiritual development. I know our Father in Heaven is real and that He loves me. I know His son, Jesus Christ, suffered and died that I might live again. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that today there is a living prophet who truly speaks with God. I know that families are forever.

How I live my faith

In the church there are always opportunities to serve and be involved. I have worked with youth and adult organizations. I've taught Sunday School classes. Right now I am a counselor to the president of our men's organization (ages 18 and older). Each chance to serve has helped me to learn more about myself and my relationship to God. My favorite service in the church is probably teaching. I look forward to preparing each lesson and feeling the guidance of the Spirit to focus on ideas and scriptures that will best benefit those in the class.