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Hi I'm Michael.

I do marketing for a living, but I love learning the violin and piano as an adult. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family in a small town in New York State. As a kid, I liked to read, hike in the woods, and visit my grandparents' dairy farm which was an hour from my house. In high school I played the trumpet, acted in plays, and excelled at cross-country and tennis. After a year of college, I served a two-year mission for the Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mission was a challenging experience, but it opened my eyes to how far God's love can reach. Now, I am married and do marketing for a Fortune 500 company. Outside of work, I enjoy running, learning how to play the violin, and volunteering as a Scoutmaster. My wife and I stay close to our siblings and parents. We call them often and spend most of our holidays visiting them. We have only been married for a few years, but we are building a happy and fruitful life together.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad comes from a long-line of Mormons, but my mom is among the first in her family to join the Mormon church. She joined because the missionary discussion and the Book of Mormon answered her questions about life. Both of my parents served missions. They married in the temple and determined to build a home upon the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Together, they raised eight children. I start by mentioning my parents' faith because it paved the way for me to gain my personal testimony. They took me and my siblings to Church each Sunday and were solid examples of faith, virtue, and sacrifice. Their belief in God and desire to do good was a constant example to me growing up. As a teenager, I read the scriptures and prayed more earnestly to discover for myself if the doctrine of the Mormon Church were true. I did not gain a witness of all truth at once, but I began to recognize the fruits of the gospel around my home. My parents' patience, love, long suffering, and faith filled our home and made it difficult to deny the joy that can be found in living the gospel. It wasn't until I left home to college and then served a mission that I gained a strong personal testimony of the gospel. The struggles of supporting myself through college and serving a mission provided many opportunities to trust in the Lord and his promises. Little by little, situations turned out for the better and my confidence in the Lord grew. Now I know that God keeps his promises - all of them. All we need is the faith to do what's right. I am a Mormon because I love the peace and joy it brings to my life. Countless little miracles give me no reason to doubt that God knows me personally and will fulfill each and every promised blessing. I could not imagine living my life without my faith.

How I live my faith

I serve in my Church as a Scoutmaster. My ward sponsors a Boy Scout Troop and had about 30 boys who participate in the program. I ensure that the boys and volunteers are trained in their responsibilities and coordinate our campouts and activities. I am very proud of the boys' efforts to lead themselves in planning and doing scouting activities. I did scouting as a boy and am an Eagle Scout. I love the program's emphasis on building boys characters through mentored, fun, outdoor activities. On a personal level, I live my faith by attending my weekly church meetings, attending the temple monthly, visiting the sick and needy. Being a Christian is a constant responsibility and demonstrating Christ-like love is rarely convenient. Nevertheless, I consistently strive to do what the Savior would do. Partaking of the Sacrament each week is the most important thing I do spiritually. Those 15 minutes spent pondering Jesus Christ's sacrifice and recommitting myself to following his example carry me through each week. Without the renewed influence of the Holy Ghost each week, it would be much more difficult to keep my standards. Throughout the week, I read the scriptures and pray. Even a few minutes a day make a big difference. I know I have the Spirit with me when little annoyances don't bother me and I find myself naturally thinking of others first. The longer I am living the gospel, the more natural it becomes.