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Hi I'm Deepak

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. I recited Sanskrit mantras from the Vedas in my childhood. I am a Urologic Surgeon. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am the father of two boys who are now happily married and have families of their own. I have been married to my lovely wife for 34 years. I am a retired Urologic Surgeon. I have 3 grandsons and one grandchild on the way. I love to play golf and go to the gym. I also enjoy hiking and being one with nature. Most of all I love to be with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Hindu in the Arya Samaj faith. My mother was a devoted member and practised her religion faithfully. We woke up at 6 am everyday and performed a prayer ceremony called the Havan, every day. This lasted for 45 minutes daily. Through this process I developed a strong testimony that there is a God. I also developed a testimony of daily prayer which carried me through college and medical school in India. When I came to the US, I met a girl who was a devoted Christian. She was different from all the other women I had met. We talked about religion all the time. I eventually married her. When we had our first child we started looking for a church in earnest. I knew that I would have to adopt a Christian Church, living in the US, as I wanted my children to grow up with religion in their lives. We went to many churches but could not agree on any one as I did not "feel good" in any of their buildings. When I was young and recited the Havan I knew how I felt, and was looking for a church where I could have that same feeling. When we moved to a new town, my new neighbor was a Mormon and became a good friend. One Sunday I was working in the yard and my wheelbarrow broke. My neighbor had just come back from church as I was contemplating what to do with the pile of dirt on my driveway. I asked him to lend me his wheel barrow. He flat out told me he would not lend me his wheelbarrow as it was the Sabbath and I should not be working and should be in church. I then asked him if I could attend his church as we had been looking for a church for a few years. He not only invited us to go to church with them the following Sunday but invited us to come over for dessert the following Wednesday to meet "someone". We ended up talking to the missionaries that Wednesday. That Sunday when I entered the church building I got that "feeling" I had been looking for and knew right away I was in the right church. Now I KNOW this is HIS church.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to work with the youth in my church callings for the last 20 years. I have gone on many a scout outing with my boys, including a few very memorable high adventure trips. I have been a part of many community projects involving the schools in our neighborhood, from painting the playground equipment to cataloging the books in the library. We also helped in clean ups after the devastating flooding in Northern California. My favorite calling has been to teach the gospel to the sophomores early in the morning before their High School classes. Through this experience I have learned that the youth are very perceptive. They are eager to learn and have strong testimonies of the gospel. They are faced with many challenges in their environment. Most of them have adequate tools to deal with the darts of the adversary. I am amazed at how much talent we have amongst our youth. In my last class of 12 youth, 4 of them were good piano players. By far the most faith building and moving experiences in my life occurred within the last 2 years. The first experience was last year when about 200 of our youth went on a 3 day trek in the mountains over the very terrain that had been used by the early Mormon pioneers to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains on their way into California. Each handcart team consisted of 10 youth with a designated "Ma and Pa". We were the medical advisers. We had all our belongings and food and water on one hand cart weighing it down to around 500lb. We trekked for 8 miles a day every day for 3 days pulling this handcart thru rugged mountain trails. Miraculously, apart from the numerous blisters the only significant medical incident occurred on the second day when one girl passed out due to heat exhaustion. By the grace of God it happened to be a girl who was standing right next to me! The second experience involved the musical, "Savior of the World". The entire production including 90% of the 70 member orchestra was staffed by the youth.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Deepak
In the Hindu tradition we lay great emphasis on works or Karma. I could not reconcile myself initially to the way Christianity was presented to me as it was more about being "saved" by believing in Christ. I thought it was hypocritical to think that one could lie and drink and be profane during the week and then claim to be saved just because he was a professed Christian. It wasn't until I saw how the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints lived their lives that I felt that I was on the right track. Then of course, I read and studied the Book of Mormon. I received an independent witness of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is indeed the Christ and the Son of God. The first time I heard of the Plan of Salvation I knew it was true. Over the years I have come to know precious Eternal Truths and the central role of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less