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Hi I'm George

I'm a doctor, a dad, a cyclist, and a Mormon

About Me

I'm an anesthesiologist in training, with an interest in cardiothoracic anesthesia. I have 3 little kids, two sons and a daughter. Currently most of my time is spent in the hospital. Before I started medical training, I was a bike racer, and I currently enjoy rock climbing, rowing, and of course playing with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My mother joined the church as an adolescent, but my father was not a member. I grew up going to church, and initially as a child, relied on the knowledge imparted to me by my mother. As I grew older, I came to know that the teachings of the Church were true for myself. It was a gradual process, but I knew they were true because of the way that I felt. I am still active and continue to go to church because it adds so much to my life. I am surrounded by other people who are also trying to do their best and to live God's commandments. I learn constantly from the people at church and we support one another through life's struggles. I read the Book of Mormon daily, and although it was written two thousand years ago, it contains information about God's relationship with man that is still relevant today. The Book of Mormon helps me to feel the Holy Ghost daily and to know that God is personally watching over me and is intimately aware of my struggles.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday. My specific job at church is to manage the schedule for the Bishop (the leader of a local congregation). He visits with any members who need help either spiritually or who need to receive help with making ends meet, counseling husbands and wives, and working with young men and women. My job is to make sure that everyone who needs or wants to visit with him, can.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

George
Of course visitors are welcome. Church begins with a meeting called Sacrament Meeting, which lasts about an hour. All member of the congregation sit in the chapel together and hear instruction from other members of the congregation. Typically two or three members will have been assigned a topic on which to speak, and will share a talk based on scriptures and their personal experiences. We also partake in the Sacrament, which in our church is bread and water, which represents the body and blood of Jesus Christ, respectively. Sacrament meeting is followed by classroom instruction where the members of the congregation separate, children and adolescents receiving instruction on their own, while adults attend classes together. This typically lasts about an hour. Visitors are welcome, and there is no problem having small children in the chapel. We are a family oriented church and everyone is used to a fussy baby or wiggly child who might not be sitting perfectly still. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

George
The Book of Mormon is a book written by people who lived on the American continent in the times before and after Christ visited the earth (600 BC to 400 AD approximately). It contains teachings that the prophets of God taught those people. There is also an account of the visit that Jesus Christ made to those people after he was resurrected in Israel. The Book of Mormon is relevant today because it complements the Bible in testifying of Jesus Christ. It also clarifies the nature of mercy, justice, works, grace and the atonement of Jesus Christ in a way that complements the teachings of Christ found in the Bible. If you read the Book of Mormon with a truly open mind and receptive heart, you will feel the Holy Ghost telling you that it is true. It will grant you a peace of mind and comforting feeling that will indicate that teachings found inside are in fact true. Show more Show less