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Hi I'm Merle

I'm from a big family in Utah. I practice medicine in Idaho and I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I live in Idaho. I am a pediatrician. I come from a large family. I enjoy gardening, woodworking, traveling, music, movies and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has strongly shaped my family. My mother's side of the family met missionaries more than 150 years ago. Their family history follows closely the history of the church. They pursued their faith in Jesus Christ over oceans and across the plains of America to settle in the inhospitable lands of the American west. My father's family met missionaries in the 1950's in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. The new faith that they found in Jesus Christ led them to change their lives in remarkable ways. They got better educations which led to better jobs, adopted better health practices and strengthened their marriage. As a result of joining the church, my father was the first one in his family to graduate from college. While he was in college, he met my mother and they were married. Many years have passed and they now have 13 children and 16 grandchildren. They have given their children a legacy of faith in Jesus Christ which we now hope to pass on to the next generation. Although I have inherited this legacy, I have come to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restoration of the church that Jesus Christ organized when he was here upon the earth. I know that it is true, because I have seen how it improves peoples' lives over many generations.

How I live my faith

My wife and I attend church each week. We have had various responsibilities including working with children in nursery, teaching lessons in Sunday school, and sharing the gospel with our neighbors.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, do not only help other members of the church, they help anyone who needs help. The church is often one of the first groups to respond to natural disasters. They help bring education to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity. They have initiatives to immunize children, teach neonatal resuscitation to health care providers in developing countries and give wheel chairs to crippled people. These are just a few of the things that they do, but more information can be found at www.lds.org Show more Show less