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Hi I'm Michael

I have a wife and 3 kids. I play the piano. I study mosquito genes. I play basketball every week. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful wife and two sons (soon to be three) and a daughter. I'm working on my Ph.D. in genetics. I enjoy playing the piano, playing basketball, camping, hiking and bird watching. I'm originally from Southern California. I got my bachelors in Biology Teaching and taught Middle School two years in Northern California, then worked at a Blood Bank lab in the same town for two more years before starting my Ph.D. work in Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I always knew deep down that the church was true. However, when I was 16 I knew I had to know for myself that this really was Christ's Church. I knew that the key to gaining that knowledge was to read the Book of Mormon and ask my Heavenly Father if it was true. I knelt down before and after as well as throughout the duration of my first full reading of the Boook of Mormon. Every time I felt a clear witness of the Holy Ghost confirming that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that this is Christ's Church.

How I live my faith

Currently I teach a class of 18 month olds to 3 year olds every Sunday. This is one of my favorite responsibilities because these children are hearing the principles of the gospel for the very first time in a formal setting. In addition to this I am responsible for maintaining the logistics of our meeting house.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority given to man to act in the name of God. It has been passed down from one holding this authority to another by the laying on of hands. The source of this authority is Jesus Christ who conferred it upon his apostles, Peter, James, and John. These apostles appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and conferred the priesthood upon them. The priesthood has hence been conferred upon all worthy male members of the church. Its effectiveness is contingent upon the righteousness of those holding this authority Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a record of God's work among the ancient people of America. It's purpose is to convince all people, in concert with the Holy Bible, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind. Show more Show less