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Hi I'm Michael

I am an Emergency Department doc, world traveler and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was always one of those kids in school who did well, studied hard and was curious. I traveled to Europe and Asia before heading to medical school. Now, I am married with two girls of my own, living far from "home" and planning for the future. I still like collecting coins and reading novels, but I enjoy spending time with my family more than anything.

Why I am a Mormon

It is hard to boil down my experiences into a few phrases, but I am a Mormon because of the hope it gives me. I deal with death everyday in the Emergency Department. I see people at their worst and I have seen many die untimely deaths. I see pain and suffering occur from people's choices. Many physicians become bitter or hardened to this because of the frequency and the emotional stress it can bring. I have hope for an eternal life with my family because of the truths revealed in the gospel. I find comfort and peace knowing that our Heavenly Father truly has a plan for us. I can view each patient who comes in as a brother or sister in God, and I can treat them like family. It helps me cope with the pain and stress of dying. I know it is not the end of our existence. I know, even if I died today, that I can be with my family forever. I spent a semester in China, studying business, while in college. I was one of four foreigners in my class and the only Mormon in my town, as far as I know. I felt very alone, but found comfort in what my parents taught me. I still feel the same comfort at home, at church and when i share this gospel with others.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with the Cub Scouts of America for the last seven years, working with youth, not only from my church, but also the local community. My wife works with children ages 1 1/2 to 12 in our church, and I try to support her in any way possible. I also donate time to community events, student events at my local medical school and with free care. I try to show how much I love God by caring for each person who walks in my emergency department door. This attitude does set me apart, but I enjoy treating my patients as family.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I have often been asked about the status of women in the church. I have grown up in the church and have watched my grandparents, parents and siblings closely. From the examples in my own family, women and men participate as equals. I understand that men are given the priesthood as a responsibility to encourage us to be wise stewards over our families. I see it as a way to bring men up equal to women, who hold the keys of motherhood, an equal part of God's plan. My wife is my best friend, just like I saw with my grandparents and parents. We work together to raise our two girls, with me taking on a role to provide financially for the family and she more of a nuturing role. We discussed this at length prior to marriage and our first daughter. We have been blessed to work together as a team. Show more Show less