Hi I'm Michael
I grew up near Seattle, WA. Now, I am a husband and father, and I work as an R&D engineer in Connecticut. I'm a Mormon.
I am an engineer to the core. At work and elsewhere, I enjoy learning how things work and how to make things work. This probably came from my father, who is also an engineer and always told me to "read the directions first." Today, I enjoy working as an R&D engineer. The work is challenging and fulfilling, but best of all, it provides means to support my family, and more than just means, time to be with them. I think I've always preferred "home" to anything else. At home, I find myself taking care of a vegetable garden, mowing the lawn, reading books to the kids, and snapping photos of the family and our beautiful New England scenery.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised as a Mormon, and my family roots in the church go way back for generations. However, I can say that there came a time where I personally learned for myself that this is Christ's church and the Book of Mormon is true scripture. As a 15 year old young man, I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety and prayed to ask God if it really was true. God answered my prayer, telling me by His spirit that it was true. That answer has been an anchor in my life.
How I live my faith
I try to work hard each day to do my best at home and at work. I have learned from gardening that it takes some work to enjoy the pleasures of the harvest, and I find that life is similar. Even though life is a lot of work, I love the little moments like holding my little children and singing to them at bedtime, reading to them, taking in the colors of fall on a bright, sunny morning, or feeling the satisfaction of having completed a challenging task. These things remind me that God loves us, and that this life is a great blessing and opportunity for us to experience these joys.