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Hi I'm Mike

I am a corporate trainer. I love Cherry Coke, chocolate, and motorcycles, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 43-yrs old, I work as a corporate trainer and I have worked for a variety of large companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Boeing, and T-Mobile. I am fascinated by the process of learning and I really enjoy crafting educational experiences that give people that 'ah-ha!' moment when they learn something new. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and taking advantage of all there is to do and see in the Pacific Northwest. In just the last month I have spent a week at the beach, went on a motorcycle ride to the Olympic Penninsula, and did a 3-day kayaking trip through the San Juan Islands. I am also an aspiring entrepreneur and it seems like I have a new idea every week. I'm looking forward to running my own business and seeing some of my ideas come to fruition.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon Christian because the gospel makes sense. It answers life's most important questions and gives me an eternal perspective that helps me cope with life's problems. For example, the gospel teaches that before this life we lived with God, our Heavenly Father. It teaches us that he loves us so much that he wants us to become like he is, so he created this earthly experience so we could come down, learn to choose between good and evil, develop godly qualities by keeping his commandments, and someday return again to live with him once more. Knowing that there is a life after this one where we can continue to grow and progress puts my earthly pursuits in perspective and helps me prioritize my eternal goals over my earthly worries. I'm also a Mormon Christian because it makes me happy. I have seen the positive effects that the gospel of Jesus Christ has had on my life and the lives of my family and friends, and the results are REAL. For example, the gospel teaches us that families can stay together even after this life is over. This truth gives my family an eternal perspective and a reason to learn to overcome our differences and love one another unconditionally. As we each strive to learn and live gospel truths, our family life gets happier and happier.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I believe that the best way to live my faith is to be a good example. Paul the Apostle said that we should be "an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Tim 4:12) So I try to live the principles of the gospel each day. I am not perfect and I make plenty of mistakes, but I repent of my shortcomings and try to do a little better each day. In addition, I attend church weekly and do my best to serve others both in my congregation and in my community. Currently I serve as the missionary leader in my congregation. This service 'calling' requires me to coordinate the efforts of our local church members with the efforts of the full-time LDS missionaries. The best part of this service happens when we find someone who is looking for the truth, provide answers to questions that they can't find anywhere else, and see the light of faith, hope, and happiness grown in their lives.