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Hi I'm Dwight

I am a dad, an outdoor enthusiast, a mountain biker, a physician and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in an agriculture community where I learned the value of hard work and family values. I worked for several farmers and agriculture related businesses during my younger years. I was fortunate to be blessed with parents who were stable and loved me, giving me a stable foundation to help weather the stormy times in life. I went on a two year mission for my church where I saw first hand the power of the Lord in the lives of people as they turned their lives to Christ and witnessed how the Book of Mormon is a true book that will bring all those who read and pray about it closer to their Heavenly Father. As a youth, I became enthusiastic about the outdoors as my Dad took us camping, fishing, hunting and while earning my Eagle Scout. I try to share this passion with my children today. I have served as a Scoutmaster and love taking scouts camping, fishing and mountainbiking. I have become an avid (but not very competitive) mountain biker over the past few years and love the stress relief and health benefits of this outdoor sport. I enjoy the thrill of bike competitions and am usually glad to just finish. For my education, I became a registered nurse, and then went to medical school and now I work as a family physician in a small rural hospital doing full spectrum family practice and emergency medicine. When I was in college I met and married my wife who has been my companion for over 20 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or a Mormon because I believe that the Book of Mormon is a true book and a companion to the Bible in bringing people closer to their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that the strength I have received from getting closer to my Heavenly Father has helped me over come some of my many shortcomings, sins and human frailties that I have and I need my Savior Jesus Christ to be able to gain happiness and redemption in this world. I believe that if people will read and pray about the Book of Mormon that they can gain a testimony of its truthfulness. After reading and praying about this book, I have felt a sense of peace and strength that was not there before. Furthermore, the book is there, it has to be accounted for and came about from the Divine hand of God; once read and pondered, one can realize that it could not have been made up by an uneducated farm boy in western New York-it needed Providence to bring the insight and truth it contains. I am also grateful for the knowledge the Church gives about the eternal nature of families and life after death. This brings me peace as I reflect on both of my parents who have died and when I deal with death in my profession. Furthermore, the principles of the Gospel help me raise my family and hopefully I can give them the foundation I had when growing up. In this troubled world, the values and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are needed now more then ever. Living the life our Heavenly Father sent us down here to live and living His commandments will heal our society and bring the peace so desperately needed in our world. In conclusion, the truthfulness of the gospel manifested by the happiness and success contained therein by the power of God is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church and serving in several capacities. I am a home teacher and have served in the young mens, Scouting program as well as in the Elders Quorum and as a ward mission leader. It is rewarding to work with people and to serve when needed. I also believe in the Lords law of health, referred to as the Word of Wisdom in obtaining from alcohol, coffee, tobacco and illicit drugs. In my profession it has been obvious to see the health benefits from living the Word of Wisdom and the tragic lack of health from abusing ones body with harmful substances. As a family we read our scriptures regularly and pray together. This has brought us spiritual strength that we need to help us through our hard times and difficulties. We are blessed to be able to go to the temple on occasion and to have a temple marriage. This also brings peace and strength that the Lord wants us to have. I am grateful for my faith and for the blessings Heavenly Father has given me.