Hi I'm Michael
I grew up in Oxford, England. I'm an osteopath and I'm a Mormon.
My name is Michael and I am an Osteopath in the UK. I also teach Osteopathy part time at university. I spend most of my professional life helping people who are experiencing physical pain. Osteopaths use a gentle hands on approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of physical problems. I feel very privlidged to be able to spend time with people when they are perhaps at their most vulnerable. I really love my job. I am also a husband and a father of two teenage sons. I feel very grateful for my family, they are my most precious gift.
Why I am a Mormon
I first learned about the church when two representatives from the church knocked on my parent's door and my father invited them in to share their message. As an eleven year old boy I found it exciting to listen to these two young American men. I had no previous experience of religion and my mind was uncluttered by any preconceived ideas. I was first taught how to pray and then challenged to pray by myself and ask God if what I was being taught was true. I remember feeling rather foolish kneeling on my bed and saying my first prayer but I still remember to this day how almost immediately I "felt" my answer. I felt very good inside, I liked the feeling and I believe that was the beginning of my experience with God. I asked to be baptised and I have never looked back since that time. I still continue to feel that God is near me and watching over my family. I have always felt like one of God's favourites but then I think he does that for anybody that cares to try to listen. I have no rational basis for my belief, I have been schooled in the scientific approach and am fully aware of the arguments made by the modern voice of reason and science. I cannot prove the existence of God, never the less I do believe and have faith that I am on the right path. This continues to be a source of great comfort and strength in my life and I shall always be grateful to the two young men that knocked on my parents door over thirty years ago.
How I live my faith
I am actively involved in my local church, I serve in a voluntary capacity on the Bishopric with particular responsibility for the youth. I spend time one evening a week with our young people participating in various organised activities, these range from playing sport, learning a new skill or a service activity like clearing a garden for an elderly member of our congregation. These activities are a time for our young people to spend time to together strengthen friendships and to build their faith. I also assist our Bishop, who is an unpaid leader of our congregation, to meet the needs of our members. This could be comforting the lonely or bereaved, assisting someone find work who has lost their job or any other support that may be required. This can be demanding but it feels good to try to help.