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Hi I'm Michael

My father is from Teheran Iran, and my mother from Delta Utah. I am a physician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved around a lot as a child. I attended four different high schools. I loved playing basketball and tennis, and during one move had to compete against my old team just 48 hours after leaving them. I studied Russian in college, but decided to go to medical school and become a physician. I served as a physician and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force for 13 years. I practiced medicine in a private civilian practice for 12 years. Currently I teach in an academic medical center in the mid-south. I have been married to my wife for 32 years. We have four children and 4 grandchildren, and look forward to many more.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up a member of the church. I was baptized, but my family never attended meetings. When I was a junior in high school, my local bishop came to my home and offered to take me to meetings. I went and gradually began to learn about the church. Through the loving and patient influence of a wonderful wife, and the excellent example of men who knew what it meant to be disciples of Christ, I slowly but surely began to change. Over time I have come to understand that this organization is more than a church; it is the Kingdom of God on earth. Everything that Jesus Christ taught, and everything that he organized has been restored today. We are led by living prophets and apostles who receive guidance from Jesus Christ on how to direct His work. Because of Christ's atonement and sacrifice, I have the opportunity to change from who I am, or who the world would have me be to something better. I can become the man that my Heavenly Father wishes me to be; it turns out, that this is also the man that my wife and children are hoping that I can be.

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed a variety of church callings (assignments) over the years. I have taught 8 year old and 12 year-old children. I have organized young men's organizations. I have served in local missionary capacities. I have served as a bishop (pastor of a congregation) for 5 years. I have served as stake president (manage a group of 12 congregations--similar to a catholic bishop overseeing an archdiocese). Each opportunity to serve has been different. Each has been challenging and rewarding. They each however, have the same result, in that I can feel closer to my Savior as I work to serve his children.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

The Church's position on health and diet is widely known as the Word of Wisdom. This is a passage of scripture revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. The essence of the word of wisdom is that our bodies are gifts from God and should be cared for carefully. In the revelation, we are warned that there would be danger in using tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and coffee and tea. As a physician, I literally marvel at this example of revelation from heaven. I have searched the medical literature. There was nothing known about any of these substances in 1833 that would have led physicians to advise against their use. And yet today, we know that each of these substances poses serious risks to our health. What a blessing it is to have living prophets and apostles, who reveal God's laws and protective council to us--far before we would otherwise learn of them. This revelations helps me to understand the nature of God, and the nature of modern revelation. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

The scriptures teach that throughout history God has revealed his will to His prophets (Amos 3:7). The good news of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is that He has again called living prophets and apostles to speak to His children. Joseph Smith (1805-1844) was the first prophet of our modern time. A living prophet has been on the earth since that time, and today that prophet is named Thomas S. Monson. I have studied his words. I have prayed over the council that he provides. I can testify with absolute certainty, that this man is in every facet a prophet of God, just as was Moses in his day. I invite all who read these words to listen, to study and to pray yourself, that you might come to this same knowledge and understanding. It will change everything for you. Show more Show less