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Hi I'm Michael

Born and raised in SoCal. Not married, no children. Love to be active and help others. I'm glad to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the son of goodly parents that were converts the year I was born. I have a sister older and younger by two years. I had a happy childhood and was baptized at the age of eight, then ordained Deacon, Teacher and Priest. While still quite young I was abused, not by family or members, but this experience left me w/guilt, shame and pain. I became a rebellious teen and started smoking, drinking and taking drugs, grew my hair long and went the way of the world. I've enjoyed traveling and have been many wonderful places and seen many things in the world, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, Alaska, Baja. I enjoy ocean fishing, off roading and camping. I am a blues music fan and play the guitar as a hobby. All of this time looking for happiness and to kill the pain w/the quick fix of drugs, alcohol and fornication. Seeing family members and friends having families, taking care of my father w/ALS disease for several years, I believe broke up my hardened heart. I then realized that I'd become a functioning addict, because after four decades I couldn't quit these substances and behaviors on my own. I went back to church for the first time in May 2010. Started going to ARP and PASG meetings every week. Prayed and read the BOM for the first time all the way through. Meet the missionaries for FHE and church every Sun. Through a miracle I believe the Lord lightened my load just enough to be able to quit, and stay quit since June 28th 2010.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I believe the principles of this gospel answer more questions and make more sense than anything or combo of things anywhere. It makes sense to me that there is a reason we are here living our lives. Being here we had to come from somewhere and be going somewhere after. It makes sense, otherwise what's the point and I just can't believe that there's no point to all of this. In the time that I've spent proving to myself the truthfulness of this gospel there has been just too many ironies and "coincidences" and types thereof that I have to believe there are no coincidences. Some of the concepts, such as eternity, can be rather daunting to comprehend for some. I surely have spent enough time in misery, don't want to spend eternity there. I'm promised certain blessings if I keep promises and I need those blessings. This gospel has changed my heart.

How I live my faith

I pay my tithing willingly. I am a ward missionary and when the full time missionaries need help w/moving something or someone, visiting, or fellowship I assist. I sing in our local choir, hopefully, for the enjoyment of all. Set up and serve graduating Marines and their families a free lunch so they have a place to get together and feel comfortable. I have started to be a facilitator for an A.R.P. ( Addiction Recovery Program) meeting, that is sponsored by LDS Family Services. Pass and/or Bless the Sacrament in church on Sunday. I try as much as I can to keep the Sabbath Day holy, no shopping, dining, etc. The only thing that matters in this world are each other, this world doesn't exist w/out us, and we're all in together. So, if we help each other it makes it better for all.