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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Gator. I enjoy a little bit of everything. My hobbies change monthly. One thing that never changes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Mike. I'm currently a student at the University of Florida studying Civil Engineering. After school I work at a local restaurant. I grew up in a Mormon family with four brothers and two sisters. I'm the baby, so all of my siblings are married with kids while I'm still single and in college. I just bought my first Subaru. It's a 2002 Subaru WRX Impreza. I absolutely love driving it. It's a wagon so I can take all my camping gear whenever I go camping. Speaking of which, I'm currently exploring the United States through camping! I've always liked camping, and I've recently discovered that now that I'm out of scouting programs and such the only way I get to go camping is if I plan it and invite people. So far I've camped in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia. I'm going to try to keep expanding radially, but my trips have to be longer and longer since half of the trip now is driving. (Good thing I have a car I love driving!) I also really enjoy photography. I use my camping trips to take thousands of pictures of nature. Unfortunately the pictures just sit on my computer unprocessed most of the time, but I still enjoy capturing the moment. I'm currently shooting with a Canon Rebel T3i.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always attended church with my family since I was a kid. It would be easy for anyone to look at my life and say that is the reason why I'm a Mormon, but that's simply not the case. I have a personal witness that the teachings of the church are true. I feel that God has answered my prayers and shown me in countless ways that this is the path that leads back to Him. The world as a whole is becoming more and more educated. This is a very good thing, but while the world is learning truth it is also learning fallacies. One of these lies is that we cannot know that God is real or what His will is for us on Earth. The simple truth is that we can know! He loves us and all we have to do is ask in faith. I say that like it's an easy thing to do, but I realize it can actually be a whole lot of work sometimes. For some people I imagine getting an answer to a prayer like that is easy, but for me, most of the time, it has required a lot of effort on my part. The harder I try to show the Lord that I want to know Him and follow Him the easier it is for me to get answers to prayers and see His hand in my life every day. I know that God lives. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. I know it because I have asked Him and received a witness that it is. All of the teachings of the church draw me closer to the Lord and have helped me become a better person. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the ways I live my faith everyday is just trying to be a good person. Most of my time is spent at school and work so naturally I try to be a good student and a good employee. I think being a good person is at the base of almost every religion. Let me be a little more specific with my faith. Through the organization of the church I have been asked to serve Christ in a number of different positions. Currently I serve as a clerk for a local branch of the church. I help others donate tithes to the church and keep all of the records in order so that the church can run smoothly. Another one of the positions I have be asked to serve in is on the Institute Council. I believe that the teachings of Christ and His gospel help us be happier. Each week on Tuesday night I attend the Institute of Religion where gospel centered lessons are taught. As a council member I try to help others come unto Christ by attending these lessons and fellowshipping with others trying to be like Christ. On the council we plan activities and discuss how to help individuals receive the blessings of learning more of the Gospel of Christ. I believe that Christ taught that we should give up our selfish desires and seek to help those around us. I try to do that through my example in every day life and through the positions I serve in the church. I try to serve my community in other ways so that we can all learn and grow together.