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Hi I'm Mike

I'm the City Attorney for Sedona Arizona, I run, ride bikes, help solve problems and attend a lot of meetings, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent the first part of my life in the small ranching community of Manassa Colorado where my life's ambition was to drive a tractor for my grandpa. My family then moved to the Phoenix area where I evolved into a teenager. I went on an LDS mission to Los Angeles, came back went to college and to law school, married a wonderful woman and we adopted 5 kids thinking our family was complete. Then we ended up having two the do-it-yourself way. I've been a lawyer for over 30 years and have done everything from being an associate in a firm to a sole practitioner to a felony prosecutor to my current job as a city attorney for a resort town in Arizona. My work never gets boring because the issues I deal with are never the same. I get rid of my stress by trail running and mountain biking. I just about made it to the empty nester phase, but now I have the privilege of helping raise three grandkids under the age of 6. So I guess my home life is never boring either, even though sometimes I wish it was.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess someone looking at me and my life from the outside would conclude that I'm a Mormon because I was born into a Mormon family. I will admit that this probably has a lot to do with it, but on the other hand, knowing myself and looking at my life in retrospect, I certainly can say that this isn't the sole reason for my religious convictions. I started to understand as a teenager that I would need to discover for myself that there was a God and that he has a plan that is explained by the teachings of this church. That discovery came in different phases. I first came to realize that life was either one big accident or there was some divine purpose and creator behind it. I then received a very strong impression that Jesus Christ was real and that he too was part of the plan. Finally, as a result of reading the Book of Mormon, I came to know and understand even more fully that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world; of every man in every age; and that he has opened the way for all of us to grow and improve by taking advantage of his supreme sacrifice.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to always remember the eternal perspective that I have been given and then let that perspective hopefully govern the choices I make. This is not always easy, because it is easy to forget who you are, and also to forget that the people I interact with daily are, like myself, children of God. When I am able to keep that perspective, relationships become more important than things, the long view becomes more dominent in my decision making than the short view, and things like spending quality time with my grandkids becomes more important than a sit-com on TV. I have begun to appreciate the fact that we live in an informational jungle where it is so easy to lose site of the forest, the big truths, because we are constantly hacking our way through the underbrush of news and data and media and paper just so that we can put food on our tables. Happiness, whether we know it or not can get lost and easily evade us in this cultural wilderness. My faith is like a compass or a GPS system that helps me find my bearings. It helps me navigate myself and my family through this wilderness successfully even though I cannot see exactly where I am going. It helps me avoid the pitfalls that so many people today seem to get stuck in. My faith also inspires me to want to help others find their way. It's not that I feel like I have all the answers. It's more like I have found some tools that have really helped me and I want to share them. It can be frustrating sometimes because the big questions, the important questions, are hard to talk to people about. That's why I am writing this. Hopefully someone reading about me will be able to see themselves in my story and see that we are all in the same boat. When we understand that we can begin to communicate in ways where we can help each other.