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Hi I'm Mike

Art student. Makeshift-musician. Make and ride old-school skateboards. Love skinny, square, knit ties. Mormon.

About Me

I am half Japanese and half American. My mom is a short Japanese lady, and my dad is a tall American guy. I am something in between. Not quite tall, not quite short. Not quite Japanese, not quite American. But most definitely a guy, and not a lady. I am a Visual Arts student at university. I love studying and making art. My favorite contemporary artist as of now is Marcel Dzama. I also quite enjoy the work of: Marcel Duchamp (artist), Franz Kafka (writer), Jose Gonzales (musician), Sufjan Stevens (musician), the Animal Collective (music group), Wheat Thins (crackers), and Sushi (Japanese cuisine). One of my ambitions in life is to grow a mustache. I have been contemplating what sort of mustache style for quite some time. Mark Spitz, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dali - I have a lot of role models. So far, I have only been able to pull off a 'Pedro' off of Napoleon Dynamite. I have a never ending list of films I'd like to watch and books I'd like to read. Also, I have a collection of books that I have started, but not finished. I am a sucker for well designed pamphlets, regardless what they are advertising. Art books are my favorite, and I am sorry to say that I often do judge a book by its cover. Though, I try not to do the same with people I meet.

Why I am a Mormon

I often tell people that if Mormonism was just another religion created by a person somewhere, sometime, I would not be a part of it. No matter how great the church was, or how much good it did in the world, I don't think I could buy into all of it. There were times in my life when I did believe that Mormonism was just another religion, founded on a myth, created by men. Another philosophy. Another way of looking at life. But it has come to mean so much more to me now. I have had a series of experiences, that have solidified my belief that God does exist. Not just that, he lives. He is a living personage who loves us. I also have come to realize that he has a plan for all of us. That none of us are forgotten, all of us are important, and he wants all of us to once again see his face and know that he is. These experiences were not overly dramatic. The heavens did not part, angels did not visit me, and I have not had any visions. However, a much more subtle change occurred in my heart, and my mind. I can feel God directing my life. He is not just a fancy of my imagination that I can banish with a paradigm shift. Knowing these things for myself gives me motive to continue to be a Mormon. Its not just cool, its not just good. Its not even just a church. The knowledge that I have gained has pointed me to truth. And this truth sheds light on my life, letting me know the way I can find greater happiness and meaning in life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith, by living life. I try my best not to wake up and just stumble out of bed and live life with eyes half-closed. Striving to live in a real, meaningful way is one way I live my faith. Some people think that being Mormon means you half to give up a lot of things in life. I have had people tell me that they feel sorry for me because I am Mormon. "Are you Mormon? That sucks." I feel like I am lucky to be Mormon. True, you won't see me getting wasted at clubs, or partying hardcore, but the way I strive to live my life is a direct correlation to what I believe. My faith. This way that I have chosen to live is so much more meaningful to me. I also live my faith by learning and creating new things. I feel that God has given me opportunities to continue my education and to do many good things. It might seem strange that I live my faith by making small skateboards patterned after some of the first commercially produced skateboards, but hey, it makes me happy. I believe God wants us to be happy.