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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Virginia. I help design computer chips. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family, as the third of nine children. I went to school out West undergrad, and came back East for a Masters in electrical engineering. I currently work for a large company helping to design computer chips. I enjoy reading, going to Institute, a weekly Gospel study class for young adults, and hanging out with friends, and family. I also enjoy casual sports, learning, trying out new things, and making new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church. My parents taught us strong family values and other principles of the Church. I always accepted these, and felt the Church was true, into my teenage years. At that time I began to study and pray more earnestly, so that I could find out for myself whether this church was in fact true, or whether I had just thought it was true because I grew up in it. Since then, my testimony has continued to grow and mature. I have felt the Spirit of God confirm to me that God lives, He has a Son, Jesus Christ, who is, in fact, the Savior of the world, and that He, in His wisdom and perfect order, has established the fullness of His Gospel, Priesthood, and Church on the Earth, in our day. I have also seen the hand of God work in many small, but powerful ways, in my life. I know that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us, His children, beyond our ability to comprehend. I also know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, in fact, Christ's church, that He has restored to the Earth, in modern times. Only in this, His Church, can we become fully prepared to return to dwell with God for eternity, and create and maintain family relationships, husband, wife, children, etc, that will last beyond this mortal life, and into eternity. I also know that it is only through Jesus Christ, and this His Restored Gospel, that we can truly overcome all of life's challenges, and most fully obtain a true and living peace and joy, in this life.

How I live my faith

In the church, everyone receives an assignment, or "calling," in which we serve for a few months, to a few years, until receiving a different calling. There is no paid clergy, so the entire Church is run by having each member actively serving in his or her calling. My most recent calling has been as the temple committee chair for our local congregation. I help organize monthly trips to the closest temple. The temple is a special, sacred place. Because of this, only members who actively live Church standards are able to attend. In the temple, under the authority of the God's Priesthood, sacred ordinances, such as baptism, are performed, for both the living, as well as the dead. We understand that God, as an eternally just being, has provided a way for all of His children, not just those who lived in a time and place where His Gospel was preached, to receive the ordinances that lead to eternal life with him, if they choose to accept them. This is done through temple work. I love going to the temple. There is a special atmosphere, or spirit, there, of peace, love, and calm. I frequently use some of my time there to meditate and pray, and seek inspiration from God for challenges in my life. I also enjoy the friendship and association I have with the other members as we go together. In addition to serving in the Church, I try to read from the Scriptures, or God's Word, every day, and live the kind of life He would have me to live. This includes things like respecting my God-given body by staying away from addictive substances or activities, keeping myself morally clean, treating others with love and respect, being honest, serving others, and participating in wholesome, worthwhile activities and entertainment. I also try to "not just be good, but be good for something" by seeking to make a positive difference in the world.