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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Southern California with 3 brothers and 3 sisters, I had a fondness for playing sports. I loved competitive challenges and seemed to excel at them. Academics was another matter. Studying and learning came only after great effort and sacrifice. I also developed a love of woodworking during my high school years. I am married now with a wonderful wife and four children, almost grown themselves. With aging knees I have taken to enjoying the athletic pursuits of my children as a spectator as opposed to personal participation. I also relish the role of spectator to the academic excellence of my children - a trait they clearly inherited from their mother. I love golfing in the temperate months, and snow shoeing in the winter. I love watching football and college basketball. I hope to rekindle my woodworking skills from years gone by and tinker in a workshop of my own someday soon.

Why I am a Mormon

In a word, HAPPINESS is the reason I am Mormon. Being a Mormon has taught me how I can follow the life of Jesus Christ and there is no more sure path to happiness than doing that. It took me some time to realize that being happy is NOT the same as having fun. Fun is what you feel during and event, like a ride at an amusement park, but it fades soon after the event is over. Happiness is a confidence and contentment that comes often after an event is over and lingers much longer. Raising children is a good example. While there are moments of fun involved in raising children it more often requires tremendous effort and a good deal of sacrifice in time and foregone activities to build a child from the ground up. But what lasting happiness comes from this endeavor.

How I live my faith

I have spent years working with the youth in our congregation teaching lessons on Sundays and planning worthwhile activities during the week. We have dances, scavenger hunts, service projects and countless other activities to create a strong bond among the youth and to teach them to have good fun and to serve others. When I was still a youth I recall how so many of my non-Mormon friends were astonished to see how much fun we had without alcohol or other recreational drugs.