Hi I'm Michael
I am from southern California. I grew up in a Spanish speaking home. I love to exercise and work hard. my favorite hobbies are reading, playing sports, lifting weights, and spending time with family and friends. I am a newly wed and have a darling baby girl. I have been very involved in tennis--i played all my life and at the collegiate level at BYU. It is a great passion of mine and also of my family. My greatest passion of all is learning--anything and everything, but especially church doctrines and the words of the prophets
Why I am a Mormon
I am a mormon because I have felt the spirit in my heart tell me that this message is true. As I keep the commandments and try to be as Jesus, I feel happier with my life and feel that I have worth and identity in the sight of God. He is our father and he loves us. By living my faith, I have found perspective and purpose to my life. It is scary to think of a life without God or His true Church. My family is better because of our faith in God and his teachings. I have prayed much and fasted to know if this was right for me, and I felt and received an answer from God through his Holy Spirit.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon is how I found Christ in my life. I read it for the first time when I was 18 years old and I could not put the book down! It was so uplifting and inspiring to me, and I learned who I was, where I came from, and where I want to go by reading from this book. I felt for the first time a constant spirit and uplifting influence in my life. I felt happier because of it like I have never felt before. I learned what Christ has done for me through his atonement and I read from very faithful leaders and prophets how to live in harmony with Gods teachings. The promise in Moroni is real, that if we ask of God with Faith in Christ, real intent, and a sincere heart, if the Book of Mormon is true, we will recieve an answer. That is how I learned that it was true. I felt a gentle peace overcome me as I prayed on my bedside that I couldn't deny. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by putting the Lord first in my life and trying to do what He wants me to do. I try to treat others as He treats us, first and foremost with my family and friends, and others that I meet each day. I believe that we need to be all-in in our faith and not have one foot in babylon and another in Zion. In other words, we should give it our all to God if we desire happiness and the promised blessings he has to give us. By reading and learning more about His gospel and seeking and applying His teachings in my life, I have found peace and joy.