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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in a small farming town and I am studying to become a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 27 years old and currently attending medical school. I grew up in a small town amidst the Rocky Mountains in Utah. I enjoy playing a variety of sports, but don't claim to be particularly good at any, but I like being active. Some of my favorites are basketball and snowboarding. I also enjoy other outdoor activities like camping and hiking. I spent two years (while serving a mormon mission) in Thailand, and incidentally love Thai food -- as well as pretty much every other type of food. I have been married for almost 6 years and have loved every second of married life. While attending medical school, I have been involved in scientific research examining how stem cells might be used to cure certain types of blindness caused by damage/scarring of the cornea. It continues to be very challenging and intellectually stimulating which is why I absolutely love it.

Why I am a Mormon

Full disclosure would be that I was born into a family where my parents, grandparents, and much of my extended family were members of the LDS church (Mormons). However, I don't feel like this is the reason why I still choose to be an active member of the church. I would probably have lost interest in the church during late high school and my college years if that were the only reason I was a member of the church. Instead, I have made it a point numerous times in my life to establish and reaffirm my belief in the truthfulness of the Mormon church and the happiness that comes from living its teachings. These experiences have all started in very different ways, but inevitably end up in a similar situation where I am praying to God, our Heavenly Father and asking Him about the truth of one part of our church or another. Most importantly, to me, is to know that as a young boy, Joseph Smith was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our Savior. Subsequently, he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God and restored the true church and the authority of Jesus Christ to the Earth which had been lost for hundreds and hundreds of years. My faith and belief in these principles didn't come all at once, but they certainly started by reading the Book of Mormon and praying to God about it's truthfulness; they continue to grow each and every day, and more happiness comes into my life as I live by the principles of this church.

How I live my faith

In my church activities, I have been mostly involved with teaching and organizing. My teaching has involved teaching lessons about church principles to different groups of people at our church on Sunday. For example, I have helped teach (with my wife) the children in our church basic principles about Jesus Christ and families. Also, I have taught similar, but more in depth topics to the adults of our church during Sunday School and other meetings. Currently, I help to organize the teaching and help oversee the welfare of the members of our church in our congregation's geographic area of Pittsburgh. I love being active in church services and always gain more from others than I am able to give.