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I'm the father of seven great children and grandfather of three. My wife is the joy of my life and my answer to the question, "How are you?", is "better than I deserve." I am a pediatric ophthalmologist, specializing in chidren's eye diseases and eye muscle surgery for children and adults. I serve as a scoutmaster in our local Boy Scout troop and enjoy camping, astronomy, swimming and cycling.
I was born to Latter-Day Saint parents and have a long heritage of ancestry in the Church, but like most thoughtful people, I came to a crossroads at which I had to decide whether I could make this faith my own. During my freshman year in college, I sought my own epiphany and received sufficient spiritual evidence to go forward. At this time in my life, I find confirmations of faith in nearly every experience and take joy in this rich avenue to truth.
I was asked by the Church Humanitarian Department to travel to the nation of Albania and to work with humanitarian missionaries assigned there for about eight days. My assignment was to teach modern techniques of eye muscle diagnosis and surgery to the physicians of that country, which has only recently emerged from a repressive totalitarian regime. Despite their difficult history, these people were dedicated and eager to learn and I have maintained some lasting friendships from my brief service among them. I came away confirmed in the belief in the brotherhood of humanity and the observation that faith is the basis of hope.
Faith has become the true center of my life and invests everything I do. I pray for my patients at my bedside and at the scrub sink and am grateful for this enhancement to my clinical preparations. Mormons make family the highest priority in orienting their commitments and I find great satisfaction in being with and watching the progress of my family. I have had many opportunities to serve in Church responsibilities, including service as a missionary among the hispanic people of California and as a bishop and stake president, and have found service to be deeply enriching. I have been involved in the Boy Scout movement for some time, but have found a new love for this organization as I have served as scoutmaster for the past year. Mormons were the first faith to embrace scouting in the United States and I take pleasure in observing the convergence of values in this great community organization and my church.