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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in California. I am a college student, a volleyball coach, a husband and a father. I am deaf. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Life has not always been easy for me. As you can see from my introduction, I am deaf. Growing up, I have learned to communicate with my family, but it wasn't without bumps in the road. With the help of my wonderful and loving parents, I learned to overcome adversary. I was born hearing and at the tender age of 18 months, I contracted Haemophilus Influenzae type B more commonly known as HiB, which is a type of spinal meningitis. My father gave me a Priesthood blessing at the hospital and it stopped the meningitis. I am grateful for a father who was and is worthy to have the Priesthood. I have always been active in sports from Little League baseball to tennis to Pop Warner football, water polo and last but not least, volleyball. I have also dabbled in AYSO soccer, basketball and indoor roller hockey at the local Boy's and Girl's Club. I have never golfed, but hope to have the opportunity to give it a shot. With my deafness, I have always been good at hand-eye coordination which to my benefit has helped me in more ways than I can imagine. I have always used sports as a channel to make new friends and keep old friends. Through sports, I have had many conversations and missionary experiences. Through sports, I have learned lessons of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through sports, I have gained a wonderful sense of knowledge and belonging that many of us seek to attain in life. In September of 2006, I met a most beautiful and glorious daughter of our loving Father in Heaven. She has been my guiding star, even to this day. On 23 June 2007, some 10 months later, we were married in the Denver Colorado Temple, sealed for Time and Eternity. Today, my wife and I have a little girl who has given us so much joy and happiness in our home.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life. It wasn't always easy, but I have tried to live by its teachings. To me, the Church and its leadership upon the foundation of prophets and apostles, is a beacon of hope, testimony and light in a world of chaos and despair. Being a Mormon, with the aid of the Holy Ghost, gave me something beyond having a purpose in life. Being a Mormon, has given me the path Home, to return to our Father in Heaven's presence.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is an everyday religion. To me, attending Church on Christmas week Sunday and Easter does not cut it. To really live my faith, I have to actually apply its teachings and apply them well. In life, everyone makes a mistake, and it is no different with being a Mormon. Because we may be knocked down, we are never out. It is wonderful to have the support of my wife, and my daughter, and my Church family. Every six months, in April and October each year, the prophet addresses the Church and the world at General Conference. I love taking the time out of my day to listen and hopefully learn from the prophet. Currently, the prophet is President Thomas S. Monson. During General Conference the world also has a chance to listen to other General Authorities and Sisters of the Church. Their teachings are generally basic and often if we listen and apply their teachings, our lives will be greatly blessed. Sometimes the messages are not easy to follow, but with the help of Jesus Christ, and a leap of faith, we can abide by these teachings. A ward is a group of members who live within a specific boundary. These members are led by a Bishop who receives guidance from Heavenly Father. Bishops are men called of God. Whenever I have a problem or concern, I can always trust my Bishop in anything that comes to mind. My ward has a small deaf group. There are four deaf members. To understand the messages taught each Sabbath day, the ward has sign language interpreters who are called to serve. I have loved seeing each interpreter grow, not only spiritually but also with their language development. On average, once a month, I will meet with each interpreter and help them with whatever interpreting or language questions they have. I have noticed that my own spirituality becomes enhanced. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has over 130 Temples. These Temples are sacred homes of our loving Heavenly Father. Inside these Temples, members who are worthy (who live the teachings of Church and have a firm testimony of the restored Gospel) can make covenants with the Father. The Temple is a refuge for our souls and often we can have questions answered therein. Also, in the Temple, we can feel the Savior's love for us. The Temple truly is Heaven on Earth. I love serving the Deaf Community as the ASL Program Coordinator.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

For many Mormon missionaries, going on a mission is a choice. Two years for Elders (male missionaries) and eighteen months for Sisters (female missionaries) in a place foreign to us without seeing our families and friends is a long time. To me, I served because it was my way of thanking Heavenly Father for His love and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for taking upon Him my sins and mistakes and lifting me up. No better way to thank Them than sacrificing everything I have; my time, my talents, my possessions, my friends, and my family to serve for two years. I served my mission in rural Upstate New York in the Greater Rochester and Greater Buffalo area. It was in Palmyra, New York, that Joseph Smith first saw God and His Son Jesus Christ. There I have learned to love strangers, people who I have met for the first time. There I have learned that I am not afraid to take a stand and share my faith. And more importantly, it was on my mission that I have truly been tested and have asked for Heavenly Father's help in everything I do. I have made new friends, inside the Church and out, friends for all eternity. To me, there is no greater Calling than that of Teaching and serving a mission for the Lord. In the words of the Especially For Youth song We Believe by Kenneth Cope, "If there's anything good out there, we believe. If there's hope in the heat of despair, we believe. If honesty opens and eye to the truth, wake up the world and welcome the proof! We believe in One Name under Heaven where all things are given, by faith love and hope. We believe in obedience ringing the bells of the free, we believe and we'll live what we know." Show more Show less