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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Canadian emergency room doctor, husband, and father of 3 boys.

About Me

I play golf...poorly, and stay active working out and playing basketball. Our family travels the world possibly a bit too much. People still call me Doogie Howser which I now take as a complement instead of a dis. My family means everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a loving family where both parents were Mormons. I'm a lifelong member because I really believe in God's ability to care about what we do in life and the church always gives me meaning, purpose and lots of opportunity (wow does it ever) to serve others. I love the book of mormon. I am always shocked (right word? humbled?) at the relevance and guidance it gave me even from a young age. That book and the way I felt when reading it, more than anything motivated me to serve a 2 year church mission in Brazil. What a ride! That experience made me want to marry (someone better than me) and gave me the confidence to go to school and become a Doc when my life til then told me it was likely not something I was capable of... I guess I was. The peace I feel listening to prophets tells me this is a good thing. The closest I've ever felt to God was when I was married in the temple to my wife. There is nothing sweeter than seeing your boys want to be good because of things they learned at home from their mother.

How I live my faith

Of course we keep active at church, visiting those who need help, scouts, cubs, lots of youth activities with my boys but also helping anytime there is a need of any kind. Everyone who goes to this church will have ample opportunity to get involved. The church teaches that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than just going to church. It is trying to be Christlike all the time. The church lives to support our homes and make stronger families. We spent 7 months in Mexico as a family working in orphanages with good people from the Catholic church and others from other faiths. During that time, we had most of our gospel teaching in our house as our boys spanish language didn't allow very meaningful interaction at church. Our service consisted of service to community and it was no less rewarding to practice our faith in that way. Our relationship with God becomes stronger when we reach outside of our own church community to the many good people in the world who are not of our faith.