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Hi I'm Birch

I'm a dad. I bike, I climb, I coach. I'm a physical therapist. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love doing just about anything active. I've always loved playing basketball and baseball; I enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors; I love the challenge of rock climbing and the thrill of reaching a mountain summit; and I even get a kick out of pushing myself on a bike ride or a run. All of these great activities are most fulfilling, however, when I do them with my family. As a husband and a father of six, most of what keeps me busy centers around my family. I get great joy from watching one of my sons on the pitcher's mound or the free-throw line. I love belaying my wife as she climbs a rock face. I feel proud as my daughters sing a solo in the school choir or ride a two-wheeler for the first time. Whether I'm cheering at a track meet, playing ping pong in the basement, or enjoying a rousing game of family kick ball in the backyard, doing fun things with my family brings me happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a large family by parents who love the Lord, and who taught me to follow His gospel. As I matured and naturally learned more about the world and other philosophies, I began to see how greatly my life had been blessed. I chose to spend two years as a full-time missionary for the Church in an effort to give others the opportunity to learn of the gospel and receive additional blessings. During the time of my mission to Portugal my understanding and conviction of truths taught in the Book of Mormon strengthened and deepened tremendously. I have complete confidence in the Book of Mormon as Testament of Jesus Christ. It confirms that Jesus is our Savior. I know it teaches the truths of God's plan for all of His children. As I have tried to abide by these truths throughout my life, I can see that my family and I have been richly blessed. In scripture the Lord has promised to bless those who faithfully obey Him. In so many ways, and through good times and bad, I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life. Being a Mormon helps me to build a strong and personal faith in God.

How I live my faith

Living my faith begins in my home. Together with my sweet wife, I strive to show and to teach my children that following Jesus' teachings is the best way to live. We try to keep a gospel-centered perspective as we work through daily demands, challenges and disagreements in our home. In our family we give priority to simple but important things like family prayer, togetherness, traditions, and scripture study. Beyond my own family, I have the opportunity to give time and service to others through the well-organized Church of which I am a member. In an effort to follow the Savior's mandate for us to "feed my sheep," my local congregation gives me (and most church members) responsibility for the spiritual and physical needs of a few fellow church members. As I act in this assignment of "home teacher," regularly looking for and responding to the needs of others, my faith in Jesus Christ grows. And finally, in my professional life as a physical therapist, I look for ways to show Christlike kindness toward my clients. On occasion I have the opportunity to share with them my faith in Jesus Christ and in His restored gospel. It is a privilege to provide a spiritual boost to a new friend in addition to physical healing.

Are Mormons Christians?

This is a question that my family and I hear very often. In my understanding, a Christian is a person who has a belief in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and who accepts Him as his or her personal Savior. A Christian seeks to learn of Christ and wants to follow His teachings. At our church meetings and in my home, we study the life and teachings of Jesus, and we strive to live according to our understanding. How grateful I am for the love, grace, and atonement of Jesus Christ! Show more Show less