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Hi I'm Michael

I married my best friend, we have two wonderful children. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently getting my PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. Most of my free time is spent playing with my children and being home with my wife. We really enjoy the outdoors (camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking) when time allows. While I find it rewarding helping to strengthen families and researching how to do so, my greatest joy comes from being at home with my children and my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents never took us to church much, though they constantly talked about Jesus Christ. I remember when I was about 9 years old I had a friend share his experience of being saved. I went home and cried to my mother that I had not experienced something like that and that I was afraid for my soul. She shared with me that I was alright because I had been baptized as an infant (in her parents' Catholic church). It served to comfort me for awhile. Then as a teenager I was suffering from some very difficult times my family was going through. I was so full of despair and anguish that all I wanted was to be dead. I remember getting the very strong feeling that if I just endured the pain for a little longer things would get better. About a week after that experience the LDS Missionaries asked to teach our family. I was 16 at the time and growing up in Utah you get to "know" about the Church. I was very reluctant to join my family for the Missionary discussions and had to be forced by my mother to join. During the first discussion, when the missionaries shared the experience of Joseph Smith, the same feeling that told me everything would be okay if I just waited, came over me again, but this time it was stronger. I remember sitting on the floor and hearing the missionaries say, "Joseph Smith was a Prophet and we have a living Prophet on earth today." When they said that, it felt as if I had been hit by a baseball bat. I realized that the Lord was helping me through that rough time in order for me to find the Gospel. Even though times were rough (and sometimes continue to be), I have more joy and peace in my life than I have ever had previously.

How I live my faith

I currently teach a class each Sunday called, "Marriage and Family Relations." The class teaches families and couples how to apply Gospel principles to their family lives. I also host bi-monthly classes teaching parents different research based practices to improve family life. We also love to have the missionaries over as often as we can for dinner. My wife and I try to share our testimonies with our friends who are not of our faith as often as we can. We know the joy that comes from living the Gospel and want to share it with everyone we can.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

One of my favorite things to do as a missionary was service. I remember walking down the street in my white shirt, tie, and suite slacks and my companion and I noticed and older gentleman mowing his lawn in what seemed like one hundred degree heat. We walked up to him and asked if he would allow us to finish mowing his lawn so he can rest. He resisted for a bit, saying he couldn't pay us. We assured him that we wanted nothing in return, we were just servants of the Lord doing the Lord's work. He allowed us to serve him, he thanked us and told us that while he wasn't interested in the message we had to share he was grateful for our service. He told him, "That is our message." I love helping others, and I think a large part of being a Mormon is learning that, "When we are in the service of our fellow beings we are only in the service of our God." Mosiah 217. Show more Show less