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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a husband, father, and Assistant Professor of Spanish & Applied Linguistics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural Utah and I'm currently living in Pennsylvania attending graduate school. As a student/researcher, I am interested in how people learning Spanish pronounce the language as well as improving Spanish instruction. Although it is too expensive to do often, I like to scuba dive. I also love music. I play all kinds of percussion instruments including the piano. I enjoy teaching percussion and have written/arranged various pieces to be used for the marching percussion genre. I have also written a handful of short new-age piano solos. I also enjoy the outdoors when it is warm and dry, watching movies with my wife, and playing games with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents' families have been members of the church for generations. I was blessed to be able to grow up learning about the gospel in my home and at church. I am grateful for loving parents that taught me about Jesus and about the truths contained in His restored gospel. As I grew older and continued to attend church meetings and read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I felt the Spirit of God touch my heart and help me know that it is true. I served a mission for the church, which greatly strengthened and expanded the simple testimony I had gained in my youth. I am a Mormon today because I know the church is the only church led by Christ himself through a living prophet and that, as such, only in the church can I gain the necessary ordinances, support, and understanding I need to return to live with Heavenly Father. As always, the Spirit of God has and continues to bare witness to me of the truthfulness of the church and the scriptures. Being a Mormon has made me a better husband, a better father, and a better man.

How I live my faith

As a member of my ward, I coordinate teaching efforts with the full-time missionaries and ward leaders to help share the gospel truths to others. I visit with new members and continue to teach about the gospel and share my thoughts and testimony of gospel principles and invite them to continue learning, since we all should do this each day as we try to follow Jesus Christ's example.

In whom should we have faith?

It is possible to have faith in many people and things. You can believe that you can get good grades, for instance, and put forth effort to accomplish that goal. This is having faith in yourself and in your abilities. However, ultimately, we must put faith in Jesus Christ. Only by faith in Him can we return to live with Him, our families, and our Heavenly Father. We trust that the atonement works to wash away our sins and we have faith that if we strive to follow His example, He will carry us and pick up where we fall short. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Although the Bible has been around since it was created, the full Gospel has not always been on the earth. After Christ left this earth, his apostles were not received well and most were killed. The organization of the church that Christ had formed crumbled because revelation and priesthood authority was lost. The people of the earth were left to interpret the Bible on their own, which led to differences of opinion and eventually different churches and different religions. In order for the plan of our Heavenly father to be fully carried out, the gospel needed to be restored on the earth in its fullness, which did not exist on the earth for a period of time. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Because, essentially, all we have is given to us from God, he asks us to return a 10th of what we earn. It is a test of faith, and He pores his blessings upon us as we act in faith and pay. The money is used to further His work on the earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes. In its original form and when it is translated correctly. Show more Show less