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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a husband, father of six, emergency nurse and nurse informaticist. I save lives. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After 15 years of graphic design and computers, I finally stopped it all and went with my dreams. I wanted to become a nurse. The next three years, which were the most difficult of my life made it happen, and I started my career as an Emergency Room nurse. I am thoroughly satisfied with this - it has been a creative outlet for my most important mission in life - to help others on their way. I now work in both a busy Emergency Room as well as in that hospital's Information Technology department where I combine all my talents to both provide for the patients' electronic medical record AND provide for my family. My family has supported me in all my endeavors - something that families should always be doing...supporting. My wife and I met at a copy center and worked together there until we were married. Now we work together on our family. I spend the vast majority of my time outside of my job growing my little family. They are growing like weeds - and so is my garden.

Why I am a Mormon

It started with the Church commercials over 30 years ago. One of those commercials rang true to me. It was of a kid at a school cafeteria and he was being taunted (I was like that kid). An orange was rolled onto his lunch tray, and it made a mess. While others laughed, one person came to help the boy. This peaked my interest, even though I was probably no older than 10. But then I met my friend, Steve. Steve was a Mormon. We both loved skiing and became fast friends - even though I was such an unpopular kid. Others taunted me, but not Steve. Over the years, he invited me to youth activities, taught me important truths about God and Jesus Christ and where I came from. And though he didn't mean to, his words invited the Holy Ghost to help me know the truth. I wanted the kind of qualities that made his friendship loyal, true and deep. Moreover, I wanted to know about a Church that teaches its members to live what they profess to believe. Steve was just that way - he lived what he believed. He and his family didn't ski on Sunday. I thought that was inconvenient, but it stuck to their beliefs. They were genuinely interested in me and my life. They cared. I wasn't actually baptized until I was 20 years old, but one thing was very real to me all those years. When they told me about the Book of Mormon, I immediately knew it was true. This feeling of truth and peace is at the heart of my conversion. That was the Holy Ghost. This, the Book of Mormon, and all of what Steve's family did was more testimony that the Savior's teachings can be loved, and lived. I was baptized on October 11th, 1992. By Steve's dad.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I know is true. I am not perfect, but try to learn my duty - and DO it. One way I live my faith is by serving in something we refer to as "a calling." My calling is to work with the Young Men ages 12-18. Right now, there are two boys about to achieve the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America. Three are about to graduate High School and move on to college or missions. It's exciting to see these boys learn and grow.

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

Michael
The Bible is so important to me. It tells me the stories of Jesus. It tells me about the dealings of God with his sons and daughters on the earth. It teaches me about what is true and how to live my life. Together with other scriptures (like the Book of Mormon, etc.), it testifies of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. When I read it, I feel the Spirit testify of truth by peace. Peace to my soul. Hope. An increase of faith. One of my favorite accounts is of Jesus' suffering and death, then his rising on the third day. You know, the Easter story. It's where he suffered for my sins, and made it possible to return home to the God who loves me. Jesus' work makes it possible to overcome sin and death. This fills my soul with joy. I feel loved that someone paid my debt. It makes me want to be better when I think about how many drops of blood were spilt because of me. I feel humbled just thinking about it. And we have this information because prophets and apostles recorded their revelations, and recorded their experiences. They treasured up for us our rich heritage so that we, too, may know the truth. Show more Show less