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I'm a husband and father, and I'm the COO of a large dermatology practice. I am interested in aviation, World War II history, cooking and building model aircraft. I love my family most of all, they are so great. Our kids are all teenagers. We try to spend as much time as we can together. I like history, technology and other eclectic interests.
The light and perspective that the Gospel beings into my life cannot be overstated. I feel like all of my family happiness, all of my personal joy, and all the truths I know by personal experience and by the sweet comfort of the Holy Ghost have given me a life of such wondrous joy and love and peace. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and each of us as his precious sons and daughters. I can identify with that because I know how I feel about my own wife and children. The knowledge that He is my Father, that He loves me, and that He wants me to be happy forms every other thought and decision of my life. I know that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God. His infinite love has snatched me from an eternity of misery and heartbreak. How can I not serve Him the rest of my life? I am so grateful for the knowledge that because God loves us, He continues to call prophets in our day, to teach us and guide us. The same spirit that testifies to my heart that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ also testifies to me that Joseph Smith was the Lord's first prophet called in these times to re-establish the church. I also know that the Bible and the Book or Mormon are both true testimonies of God. Both of these records bring me to love God more, and teach me things that throw light into my life.
We go because if we have come to know that something so wonderful and so helpful in our daily lives is really true, then we have to share it.
I think hope is a powerful, positive motivating power that moves us forward along paths whose ends we cannot yet fully see. It guides our actions and our faith. I really only have a few deep hopes. One is that my children will grow up to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ and love and serve him. Another is that my wife and I can continue to remain not only husband and wife but also the best of friends. I also hope for real change in a world that seems to have been turned upside down in my lifetime. It sounds corny, but I truly hope for peace on earth and goodwill to all men.
I served a mission in Northern Japan from 1984-1986. It was the pivotal time of my life, and I think I owe my work ethic, my faith, and my love for the Japanese people to my mission. If I read my journal of each day, the days seem to run together and sometimes nothing special happened on this or that day, but thinking back on it as a whole I see my mission as a sacred privilege to serve a wonderful people and teach them what I have come to know that has made me happy. Plus, I got to learn to love the food and the culture. I still eat Japanese food most weeks, and I LOVE sushi!
I try to live my faith first and foremost in my family. I think that is where the Gospel has the most long-lasting and meaningful impact. We pray together, read scriptures together, I try to love those around me. That can be challenging in work or other environments, but I am trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, albeit not the best one, so I feel it is important to treat others as He would. I also try to serve without being asked, or, when I am asked, to serve with a giving heart, like I really mean it.