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Hi I'm Mike

I attend college and help care for someone with special needs, like to cook, exercise, and build things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married but do not have any kids yet. My wife has recently graduated from college and is creating a business doing personal fitness training. We love to be physically active and try new activities including most sports. Our favorite sports include tennis and volleyball. I am attending college right now preparing to work in the field of dentistry. I know it doesn't sound very exciting, but I find it to be very interesting with a great potential to improve the quality of a person's life. One long term goal I have is to utilize this skill in helping people with limited access to basic dental care such as in inner-cities or third-world countries. It makes me so excited to think that something so simple would mean so much to someone needing help. I enjoy learning about the way things work, whether it's relationships, cars, or the human body. The more I learn about things, the more I realize how little I really understand. But I gain a greater appreciation and respect for the world and the intricate beauties which testify of a Creator.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very loving family who happen to be members of the Church. I never realized how great and fortunate a blessing this was until I became aware of many people that didn't have simple principles to help them in their life decisions. In the Church we believe that our family will continue even after this life, so I think we try extra hard to understand and love each other. Having a loving (though very imperfect) family is a huge blessing that can be very difficult today with the many challenges people face. Different activities at work or school make it hard to spend much time together, but realizing family's importance helps us make doing things with each other a priority. My wife was not raised with the fullness of the Gospel and as a convert encourages me to think more closely about why I do certain things in the Church. She helps us remember the hope and blessings the Gospel has, and we are so much happier when we are doing the things our Savior Jesus Christ has asked of us.

How I live my faith

My faith helps me remember that every person I see is important and that I should respect them. Popular culture tells us to build ourselves up by putting others down, but this is a bad idea and it doesn't work. We need to try to lift others and help make them the best person they can and care for their happiness. I have volunteered for the past 6 months as a Cub Scout leader with 6 rowdy 10 year-old boys. This is very challenging at times, but serves to help me develop more patience and improve my abilities to communicate with them. My job also allows me to work with a person who has special needs. When I first started this job, I would get frustrated very easily because he can be very challenging to work with sometimes. With help from the Savior's example (any my wife's too!), I don't get upset so much about things he does, but try hard to understand and serve him. This change in perspective has made a big difference and has expanded my ability to love and understand someone that is different from me.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, we believe that God has continued to call prophets in the same manner as he always has to lead and guide His children. Prophets are called by God and given authority to act in his name. The Bible is a record of God calling prophets to teach his people principles that if followed will yield great blessings. With so many philosophies and ideas coming into fashion and others fading away,  it is difficult to know what to believe anymore. Prophets act to share revelation they receive from God which allows us to know true principles that aren't changing with contemporary trends. Show more Show less