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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a father, a husband, a professor, an academic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university professor of operations management and teach statistics to MBA students. I am a father of 3 beautiful children, a 7 year old boy, a 5 year old girl, and a 2 year old boy. My wife and I are in love and have been married for 10 years. I love my family. I love to teacher. I love learning and I love people. Honestly, I also have a secret desire to get people to laugh and feel good. I think that teaching higher education is a great "stage" for my low quality comedy routine, and I value the opportunity I get to make a students day just that much brighter with some humor and some learning. I have a lot to be grateful for and have a lot left to learn, but I love my life.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer is that I am Mormon because my parents are and their parents were and so were their parents, back several generations back to the western migration in the United States I have Mormon heritage. However, I choose to live the life that I do for much the same reasons a brand new convert does. Primary, I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joesph Smith was a prophet called of God and that the doctrines and teachings of the LDS church are true, i.e., they are what God has revealed to man. I have this testimony because I have prayed to my Heavenly Father and asked, with sincerity of heart; I felt a warm feeling of peace and comfort come over me with such intensity that I could not deny it. I continue to feel that reassurance as I hear or read truth spoken by modern prophets and apostles and as I read scriptures. Further, the life I choose to live by following the standards of Mormon teachings bring happiness and peace to my life and the lives of my young family. I am constantly amazed at the practical importance of the teachings of the church in raising my children and loving my wife.

How I live my faith

At its simplest, I strive to love everyone I come in contact with. This is not always easy, so I remind myself with daily prayer and scripture reading. Recently I have tried an experiment of smiling at student in the hall way - it is amazing how some people's faces will change right before your eyes when they see a smile before them. I try to seek out ways to help people around me. Sometimes it can be as simple as remembering a person's name and saying hi to them regularly or talking to them when they seem a bit off. Other times service can mean physical labor and I enjoy those opportunities as well; however, it is the small everyday acts of kindness that can lift those around you out of the gloom of everyday life. I am the bishop in our ward and it seems like my most important work in this calling is to make others feel loved. The Lord loves all of us, but we are quick to forget it when it seems dark all around us. The goal of gospel teaching is much more than learning scriptures - it is about changing lives through love.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that the family is the cornerstone of society and the central organization to bring about the purposes of God. A father and mother have a responsibility to love and nurture their children. Children can learn best the love their Heavenly Father has for them from loving parents and other families members. Fathers and mothers work together as partners in an effort to promote harmony and peace in the family. Children are taught to love and support one another. We further believe that the family unit can last beyond mortality. Through a priesthood ordinance called "sealing" that is performed in a temple, a husband and wife can be married for time and all eternity, not just until death do they part. Further, children are born "under the covenant" if they are born after a couple has been sealed in a temple and children born to parents before they are sealing can be sealed to parents at the time of the sealing. The sealing blessings promise that a family that is faithful can expect to remain together for all eternity. This focus on the family means that family activities are considered a priority in daily tasks. Parents are encouraged to take one night a week and conduct a "Family Home Evening" during which family members take turns sharing lessons, stories, songs, and activities. The point is to spend time together. Families are encouraged to pray and read scriptures together regularly as well as eat meals together. I love the young family I have now and love the family I was raised in. Although far from perfect, the relationships of my family members are the strongest I have - they are my very best friends. Show more Show less