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Hi I'm Dwight Parker

I'm from Vermont, I study medicine, I play violin, I love to ski and mountain bike and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for several years and recently moved back to Vermont after finishing some school at the University of Utah. I am currently in medical school and am planning a career in primary care. I love to play music and have played the violin all my life, participating in many different orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the years. I also started skiing soon after I was born and love to telemark in the backcountry, though I enjoy the resorts sometimes too. Luckily I have lived in areas with great trails and get to mountain bike when the snow isn't on the ground. Tennis, hiking, and canoeing are other things that my wife and I love to do together. When I'm not studying or doing any of that you can find me reading a good book.

Why I am a Mormon

Members of my family have been Mormon since shortly after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored in 1830. Both of my parents are members and I attended church as a child, was baptized when I was eight years old and for the most part did what I thought I was supposed to do. After high school I attended my first year of college and that year of living on my own was really the pivotal moment where I needed to decide for myself what I believed and how I should live my life. Through my high school years I had wavered and had sometimes gotten off of the beaten path. One day I was feeling particularly down and, after a prayer and a heart-felt request for some guidance I opened up my scriptures, which I had not been reading very much. My eye fell on a verse of scripture that explained that my life was time that I was given to prepare to meet God and that I should not procrastinate any longer. I felt the Holy Ghost touch my heart as I read and knew that, through a brief passage of scripture, God had answered my prayer. It was an important moment for me, and I decided to truly implement the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I began reading the Book of Mormon every day and making prayer and attending my church meetings a priority. I followed through and went on a mission after my first year of school because I had first-hand knowledge of the truthfulness of the Church's message and wanted to share it with others. I also got married to my college sweetheart in an LDS temple a year after returning home and we are building a wonderful life together as members of the Church.

How I live my faith

I have participated in many different ways so far, including going on a two year mission to Toulouse, France as a proselytizing missionary for my church. I have also been a Sunday school teacher for children, and also was the men's group leader in my congregation. Right now I help out with the youth in my church and teach the young men doctrinal lessons on Sundays. Because of that I am also involved in the Boy Scouts and help plan activities like service projects and camping trips. However, the biggest part of living my faith is actually the small things that I do. I pray several times a day, and say prayers with my wife. I study the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, the Old and New Testaments in the Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants. We read the scriptures together each evening. We also make it a priority to eat dinner together every night, despite my busy school schedule and everything she is involved in at work. On Monday nights we have Family Home Evening, where we spend extra time together doing something fun as a family and including some time to have a good discussion of how everything is going at home, at work, in school, at church, and we also study current teachings of our church leaders. My faith is a big part of my life and isn't just something I think about on Sundays.