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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah but spent my late childhood and teenage years growing up in Minnesota. I love Minnesota, the people, the culture; it was a wonderful place for me to grow and develop. I am a religious educator and currently I am assigned to write curriculum for Seminaries and Institutes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am completing a doctorate degree in Education--curriculum and instruction. I am married with four boys and one daughter who definitely keep me going all the time. I love being a dad. I love to read, ride horses and ATV's, play basketball, and spend time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised outside of the "Mormon" culture in Utah allowed me to see the difference being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes in the life of an individual. I couldn't just let my standards slide by with the excuse that everybody else was doing it. It was a decision I had to make nearly everyday to live my testimony, or let my standards slide by. That doesn't mean that I was the only one with high standards. many of my friends were good, honest, hard working people. But living there made me find out for myself. Do I have a testimony of the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ? I don't think that there was one defining moment that I knew that this Church was true. It was a process that over time, little by little kept building. In my early teenage years I decided to read the Book of Mormon (thanks to a teacher's encouragement). I don't recall anything particular standing out, but I do remember how good I felt. It felt like a source of strength and assurance was given to me as I read. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. That testimony is reconfirmed now every time that I read. I feel an inspiration from heaven as I read and study the pages. It makes me want to do good, to serve others, to be kind and honest. It makes me a better person. I feel closer to my Father in Heaven when I read. Another source of my testimony has come to me through prayer. I know that God hears and answers prayers. He has answered so many of mine that I cannot count. It those moments of discouragement or despair, when the only hope I had was to pray, God has heard my cry and given me solace, comfort, and strength. Without prayer, there is not way to communicate with God. with prayer, I have come to feel that my course in life is pleasing to Him. As I have prayed to know if this Church is true, He has answered in multiple ways. In short, He has given me answers by the sweet feelings in my heart and knowledge in my mind that this Church is true.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to participate in my Church and community. I have grown to love to serve. I feel better about myself when I am trying to help others. Most of my time has been spent helping young people, teenagers, learn for themselves. I am a teacher by profession, but in my Church I have also had many chances to teach youth. I have worked in the Boy Scouts of America program for young men, and served as an advisor for young men in my Church--helping them to have experiences that cause growth and learning, and confidence that they are children of God. As I have visited members of my Church in their homes as home teacher, I have witnessed the powerful effect of living the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it can change people and make them better. It is in the acts of serving, that my faith has grown and matured.