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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a happy husband and young father. I love music, science, and want to help cure Alzhiemer's disease. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been born to wonderful parents. I am the oldest in my family, which, by default, makes me a guinea pig for life! I really enjoy it, and I love making a difference in my family. Some of my fondest memories in my life were made working with my dad. I love being outdoors, getting dirty, and helping make something look beautiful and function wonderfully. I love finding order out of chaos by organizing things. All in a days work! I am working toward becoming a cognitive neurologist. Seeing my grandfather and others with dementia has kindled a strong desire to help discover long-term solutions for diseases like Alzheimer's. The path towards medicine has not been easy, but it has been rewarding as I have been able to interact with and serve amazing people. I absolutely love music. I play the violin and piano, sing in choirs, and love improvising and arranging music. I perform in musical theatre when I can and really enjoy ballroom dancing. When I'm outside, I will often be on a long distance bicycle ride, distance swimming, enjoying the mountains, and playing volleyball or ultimate frisbee. I love cooking, baking, and eating food, especially homemade brownies. And when there is a clear, moon-less night, I will be out on the lawn looking up at the stars. Few things are as breath-taking as that.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very blessed to have been raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents helped instill in me a love for the scriptures, prayer, keeping the commandments, and especially a love for my Savior Jesus Christ. I was blessed with many special experiences that helped strengthen my knowledge and testimony of Jesus Christ. Throughout my teenage years, it seemed that there were some little doubts that lingered in the back of my mind whether the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and the things I were doing were true. They weren't strong enough to shake my testimony, but they were there. Despite these doubts in my mind, I kept going to church, reading the scriptures, and continued in prayer. Little by little, as I did all of those small and simple things in my life, my testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the restored Church of Jesus Christ was transformed and strengthened. Now, I know without any doubt that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the Book of Mormon is the true word of God, and that Jesus Christ has restored to earth His true and living Church. This testimony, developed through small, steady, and consistent acts, has changed my life and has made me who I am today. I can't say I ever felt attacked or weak, but rather refined through the tests of belief. For this I am grateful.

How I live my faith

For me, service defines my faith. From organized activities to spontaneous help, service provides a richness to life seldom found in any other activity. Whether that service is directed to my family members, friends, peers, or others I meet throughout life, I know that I have been made a better person by helping others become better, more joyful, more fulfilled. That is what life is about. Regardless of who we are or the details of our walk of life, we are all children of God, brothers and sisters, and need each other. Through service, we learn more about who people really are and can connect with them better. Really, it's just love in action. Among all the service I have been able to perform in my life, the service that has changed my life the most was being able to spend two years as a missionary among the people of northern Colorado. My work varied from working in a food pantry to helping people move to various home, yard, and farm work. More importantly, though, I was able to teach and bear testimony about the restored Church of Jesus Christ that is on the earth today. As I taught people about Jesus Christ, I saw their lives change for the better. Miracles happened nearly every day. Being part of those miracles was a sacred and humbling experience. One of the things I enjoy the most is being able to teach others, helping them better understand who Jesus Christ is and develop a greater relationship with Him. I enjoy teaching energetic children, growing youth and young adults, and those older than myself. I enjoy teaching because I am able to not only help them learn and grow, but, in the teaching process, I often feel that I learn and grow myself as well.