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Hi I'm Jesse

I'm an MD, PhD student. I'm married, breed dogs, read, sing, scrapbook, cook, shop, and go to live performances and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been fascinated by humanity from history, to the arts, to science and medicine. We as humans are quite remarkable, and while science strongly suggests our origins, our abilities have become far greater than biology alone can amplify. We are capable of such amazing accomplishments individually and as societies. My wife and I love attending live performances, visiting and partaking of other cultures, and learning about how God has blessed each and every group of people who have ever reached out to Him. I grew up while my father was in medical school, and I became fascinated early on with the human body and with medicine. Our greatest physical and emotional suffering can lead to some of our most significant growth. I became grateful at a young age that I had the Plan of Salvation and Gospel in my life to help me learn to cope with suffering and find the Source of healing. Being a member of the Church didn't shield me from the trials, suffering, and loss, but it has given me a mechanism to grow from these experiences. Medicine is like anything else in life where we can choose to react to situations we face, which is how many diseases are treated, or we can seek truth and from that truth find better paths to follow. Because of that, I have chosen a career in academic medicine to continue pursuing truth and improving medicine for my family and for society. I have also come to appreciate the need to teach others what we have learned. That is why societies advance.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that if God loves us, which He does, then He is interested in having a personal relationship with us. I seek to develop that relationship with him, and I am a Mormon because I have found that being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has brought me closer to God on a regular basis. There is so much freedom to worship God as I see fit, to grow and to learn. The Gospel is individualized because our conversion, testimony, and progression depend on our personal efforts. I am a Mormon because I want to follow Jesus Christ, and to do that, I had to be part of a Church that allowed me to have a personal relationship and placed the responsibility on me to find out for myself what is true and what is not through prayer and through revelation from the Holy Ghost. The ability to communicate with God directly and to know through our own experience, and not just the words of another, is essential to developing that personal relationship. That is true religious freedom.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I feel is right and brings me closer to God and by avoiding things that make my soul feel numb or drive the Spirit away. It's that simple. There's no list of rules to follow - things to do or avoid doing - if you have the Holy Spirit as your guide. Just stay true to those feelings, and you'll be on the right path. I served a two-year mission to Washington, DC where I think I learned more than I taught. We truly grow through service more than we do through passively participating in Church. I am a home teacher that visits the homes of families to provide a resource to the parents of that home for anything they need. I also work with our full-time missionaries and members to promote a gospel-sharing environment through example, service, and friendship.