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Hi I'm Mikel (and this is my beautiful wife)

I'm a Mormon, otherwise known as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I'm a first generation Basque American on my father's side and the great, great, great.... grandson of the Deacon John Leavitt (1608-1691) of Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachussets on my mother's side; let's just say that my ancestry is both foundational to our great country and brand new having experienced the "American dream." I'm married to my beautiful wife and have three wonderful children ages 6, 4, and 6 months. I was born in Idaho, grew up along the majestic Wasatch Mountain range in northern Utah and often spent Summers with my paternal family in Northern Spain and Europe. My wife and I have have lived in Boston, MA, several areas in Utah and now here in Utah County, UT. Previous to being married, I served an LDS mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and also spent time in Mexico, Costa Rica both as a student and intern. I love Latin culture, European cities (and country side) as well as my mother's "farmer/cowboy" heritage in the countryside of Western Idaho. I love spending time with my family at my wife's family cabins outside of Yellowstone National Park as well as simply pushing my kids on the swing in the backyard. I currently work for Adobe Systems as a Sr. Director of Marketing, overseeing our world-wide media and relationship marketing programs. I'm passionate about marketing and the challenge of growing businesses.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church about the age of 17. I began a serious, consistent reading of the Book of Mormon when I was 14 years old and felt a very sacred feeling of peace and joy when I read it and knew that its principles and authenticity was true. As a result, I felt a desire to join the Church whose founder, Joseph Smith, Jr. translated that Book of Mormon which is a record of ancient scripture describing the culture of the ancient American civilizations and their dealings with God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. I soon thereafter decided to go on a mission to share our teachings about Jesus Christ, his divine mission as our savior, and how we as families can live eternally with our spouses, children, parents, siblings and all those who live good lives abiding by the Savior's commandments and enter into God's sacred covenants. Living the teachings of the gospel has blessed my family's lives with happiness, peace, and knowing our purpose here on life - principally to serve and help others with our families being our foremost priority.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by holding true to the values that I espouse as a Christian: honesty, compassion, friendly, and helpful. I was blessed enough to have exceptionally good parents - each true and active within their own faiths - my father being a Catholic and my mother being a Mormon. They provided excellent examples to me, my fraternal twin brother and younger brother and sister.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mikel (and this is my beautiful wife)
Mormons believe in the Bible because it centralizes on the role of Jesus Chris as our Savior. The Old Testament is comprised of mostly scriptural records received by revelation about Jesus Christ or "Jehova," prior to his birth. The New Testament comprises of sacred books about Jesus life and ministry while on Earth as well as the writings of his Apostles after his death and resurrection. Show more Show less