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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ. I am a husband and a father, and the gospel has helped me to be the best man I can.

About Me

I enjoy guitar as a hobby. I was raised on classic rock, but I enjoy a variety of sounds. I used to cross country mountain bike all the time before I got married. I like computers. I graduated from the University of Utah in International Studies and Japanese language. I currently work for a small software company that develops and distributes volunteer management software.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Latter-day Saints, and I was baptized at age eight. I received the Aaronic priesthood at age 12, the Melchizedek priesthood at 18, and served a two-year mission to Tokyo, Japan from ages 19-21. I come from pioneer stock on my dad's side, and my mother is a convert. It wasn't until after my mission, though, until I went through a significant test of my faith. I grew up poor, but I always expected to go to college. I studied hard, worked long hours to pay for it all, and therefore didn't have a social life. The worry and stress made me sick and eventually very depressed. Things were very bleak and dark for a while until the simple words of a friend of mine came to mind: "If there is something you don't like about your life, make a change!" I realized that it was time to exercise my testimony, and to put my theology where my mouth is. I believed in Christ, but I was sitting in a cold, dark house "believing in" electricity, but never turning on the lights. My life was practice based, when it should have been principle based. I never truly understood why I did the things that I did. I plugged in. I decided to start volunteering because I wanted to serve. Gradually I realized how blessed I am to live where I do, with the family and friends that I have. I was also given some perspective regarding the selfish nature I had acquired that both led to and fed off of my depression. I repented and received forgiveness, and I was filled with gratitude for what the Savior has done for me. It was in this state of being that I was blessed with a wonderful wife. We have started our small family and we love life very much. We continue to serve as much as we can, for therein lies the truest happiness. Our greatest service, of course, is to one another and to our children.

How I live my faith

Service. When asked to help, serve, give time, etc., I always try to find ways to be able to do what I am asked, rather then find ways or reasons to not. This has helped me develop relationships with the people whom I serve, and I am in turn served by others. I serve because I want to be reliable to my family, friends and leaders. I also serve so that my children will serve as a reflex--that it will be what they know to do, as it was practiced so much in the home. When I am asked to do something "big," like pay tithing, I make sure to put in the "small" effort of studying the principle behind the practice. It is important to be obedient, but I live my faith not because I am blindly obedient. I live my faith because I see. Because I try to study my scriptures and understand the reasons behind why the Lord has asked us to do what we do. I have found many answers, which bolsters my faith. I still have many questions, which allows me to still operate off of faith. Service. That's it in a word. Do for others what they are unable to do for themselves until such time that they can learn to do for themselves. Isn't that what the Savior did for us? We could not be perfect, so he did that for us, absolved us of our sins (as we repent), and taught us how a perfect person should be. I love him. He served me. I serve Him by serving others. Service.

What is faith?

Mike
We read in Hebrews 11:1 that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." There are three distinct components packed into this explanation regarding the past, the present, and the future. Future "...the substance of things hoped for." I HOPE that my children will grow up to be good, honest people, who contribute to their communities and to the world, and raise their children to do the same. I HOPE that they believe in and love their Heavenly Father. Past "...the evidence of things not seen." If I act on my HOPE, in other words, if I exercise my faith, at some point I will be able to look back on my life and the life of my children and see the EVIDENCE that they have been good and honest, that they have made contributions to their communities and to the world, and that they are raising their children to do the same. I will see EVIDENCE that they love their Heavenly Father. Present This is the bridge between future and past. I HOPE that in the future I will be able to look into the past and find EVIDENCE that my faith has paid dividends. The only way to secure this is to ACT in the PRESENT. I HOPE they will love God, so the action I must take now and always is to teach them to love God. The EVIDENCE will appear soon enough, and hopefully be enduring. The more faith you show through your actions, the more evidence you will obtain, which will increase your hope. Action undergirds evidence, which undergirds hope. Act now based on hope. Show more Show less