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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband, father of 3, software product manager, Red Sox fan, and convert to the church.

About Me

I have three kids (two boys and a girl). I'm a software product manager. I grew up in Massachusetts, but live in Georgia now. I love watching baseball, outdoor activities with my kids, going on dates with my wife (as infrequent as they may be), working out, skiing, and taking trips with the family.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 22 after my wife (then girlfriend) took the courageous step of introducing me to two missionaries. Of the many things they taught me, the atonement of Jesus Christ was one of the most impactful. After having known the story of the atonement since I was a small child, I then began to understand - in some small way - the true impact of it and why Christ would make such a sacrifice. But I also learned something from those missionaries that I had never heard before, but which made complete sense to me. It was that God's guidance in our lives did not end with the last book of the New Testament. We have modern-day revelation available to us through the Book of Mormon and living prophets. It made perfect sense to me that a loving God would continue to provide us with relevant direction in an increasingly complex world. Even before joining the Church, I always had an image of the type of family I wanted to raise. It was one with traditional structure and values, and a strong moral compass. When I learned about how central the family is in the Church and how they unashamedly support traditional family values, I felt it was not only possible, but expected that I should raise the type of family I had imagined.

How I live my faith

I'm a long way from perfect and have much opportunity for improvement in how I live my faith. I work to be a good example to my kids. My parents aren't members of the Church, but they were strong moral examples to me as a child and I work daily to emulate them. I also do what I can to be Christ-like in the way I treat others. I think people notice when those around them are living the Golden Rule and it makes them want to do the same. I have two callings at church: employment specialist and Sunday school teacher for the youth. While I do have a very busy schedule, I try to magnify my callings to benefit those people I serve. And I'm so grateful for others in my ward and in Church leadership who make such great sacrifices for me.