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I am a husband, a father of the two cutest girls in the world, a Dentist currently in a Pediatric Dentistry residency, a public health proponent, a hobby gardner, a future small-scale local farmer on the side, and a budding horseback-riding enthusiast. I grew up in Vancouver, Washington, the third of five boys. I am also concurrently working on a Masters degree in Public Health, increasing my knowledge and awareness of important things going on politically, culturally, and especially on a community level. Healthy communities make healthy individuals. Part of my travels have included a trip to Kenya to promote oral health, and a trip to Uruguay to learn more about sustainable agriculture. I served a 2-year mission in Germany, and appreciate the people I got to know and the experience I had. They have helped shape me into the person I am today. I choose to be a Mormon because it liberates my soul, allowing me a more fully-accessible joy that otherwise could not be attained.
The full gospel of Jesus Christ, found in the Bible as well as through restorations of truth in modern times, answers all of life's important questions. I know who I am and what my whole potential is as a son of a Heavenly Father, made possible because of what my Savior Jesus Christ did for me.
We have turned off the Television, especially when the weather is nice. Very rarely do they get to watch anything on TV, and all they get to watch are programs without commercials. The world is becoming less and less content with the enormous amount of blessings we have. We don't need media telling our kids their clothes, toys, or even their families aren't good enough. Instead, we create our own fun, and we focus on wholesome education and recreation activites. We cannot depend on modern society to teach our kids what is and is not acceptable. Going along with that, my wife and I are deeply involved in what goes on in our daughters' lives. We have family dinner every evening. We catch up on they day, helping them understand the experiences they are having and put them in the correct context. We rarely lecture, and act mostly as guides along their path. There is a famous saying, "So a twig is bent, the tree is inclined." Starting them off on the right foot makes all the difference, but it can only happen with consistent interaction with good examples. We pray daily with them, letting them see how important it is for us to involve God in our lives. We read the scriptures and other good books, and share upolifting stories about ancestors who have gone before us. By so doing, we are able to filter out the noise of the mainstream world.
You know that feeling you get when you know you have done something good? I love that feeling. I crave that feeling. When I choose the right, the Spirit of God confirms to my heart and mind that I am on the right track. It's kind of like when one of my daughters looks up at me after accomplishing something on which they have been working very hard. They receive a look of approval, a word of praise, a kiss on the cheek to let them know they are on the right track. Right choices are contagious. When you see someone who is so happy by serving and making the world a better place, it is hard not to join in the fun.
The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches principles to live by, helping us become something better. Each day I strive to live these principles, not simply secluded in my bedroom reading a praying day and night, but through my daily interactions with the people around me. The teachings of Jesus Christ are the foundation upon which I build my life, my family, and my goals.