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Hi I'm Michael Kocher

I’m a fun, charismatic guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. Oh, I'm a Mormon too!

About Me

Recently I quit a great job with a prestigious computer/software company to return to school to become a teacher. I'm addicted to learning and love seeing understanding come into someone's eyes. I’m a student teacher, a part time blogger, a hobby scientist, a private pilot, and a hopeless inventor; but most importantly — a friend. I try to build my life on 4 pillars: 1. “A true man of principle.” Honesty and integrity. I’ll be the one voice to speak up or the lone arm that fails to salute. I know that I am perpetually happier when I live true to correct principles. 2. “Fulfillment in Intimacy” I believe that imbedded with us at birth is a belief that whispers "love is forever". I believe that time must be spent every week strengthening relationships and growing that love. Everyone is different in what they need, but a key part for me is having fun with those I love. 3. “Peace in Independence” For me to feel independent I must know how to live simply and feel prepared for anything. I'm experimenting with making my own fuel and growing food in a garden. No man is an island, but there is peace in preparedness. 4. “Power through Intelligence” I’ve heard it said that knowledge is power. Knowledge is nothing more than understanding. What good is that? Intelligence is more than just understanding, it is applying knowledge. Power flows from intelligence, and I gain this power when I share and use my knowledge, skills, and talents in the service of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon, and I believe that the church is true! :) Attending church and living the gospel has taught me the principles I need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Each pillar of my life is covered so perfectly. Being a mormon has taught me to shift my focus from myself and place it on the needs of others. When left to myself I get stuck in a loop of everyday tasks and selfishness. The church provides so many opportunities to serve and put myself second. The funny thing is, the more I serve others the less stressed and happier I become! Christ was the perfect example of service, and as I follow his path my heart feels light and happy. The most beautiful principle I've ever been taught is that families can be together forever. This rings with truth! Even though I haven't found that special someone to share my life with, I know that when I do our relationship doesn't have to end at death. Love is the most beautiful thing in the universe, and I feel full knowing that God cared for us enough to provide a way to keep our families together, forever.

How I live my faith

My faith is a key part of who I am. I take time every day to read the scriptures and study principles of the gospel. I say prayers each day and reflect on my personal progress as a son of God. Over the past few years I've had many great opportunities to take part in various roles in my local congregation. I love volunteering my time to help organize activities, bring people together, and assist the missionaries. Being a young single adult and living in an area with many other singles, I have a great opportunity to attend church in a singles congregation. The unity and acceptance I feel there has lead me to form the closest friendships of my life. We not only socialize and worship together, but we strengthen our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm excited for the day when I can take the one I love to God's temple and get hitched for time and all eternity. "Families are forever" is my favourite part of my faith. I can't wait for a family of my own!