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Hi I'm John-Michael

I love music. I can solve a Rubics cube in under a minute. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. It's kind of a crazy family, and I would have to have a series of pie charts and graphs to explain it all to you. But to sum it up, I have one biological sister, 4 half-sisters, a half-brother, and a former stepbrother that I grew up with. I love music - mostly independent artists that write good songs. I try to write songs myself. One of my goals in life is to record a full-lenth album that I can feel proud of. I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary in San Bernardino, CA. I love the experience I'm having out here, serving a mission is probably the best decision I have made so far in my life. When I get home I'm going to finish going to school, try and find someone stupid enough to date me, and get cracking on that album.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents divorced when I was still a baby. My dad joined the church when I was 6, but my mom never did. I grew up living with my dad and going to church, but just before my 14th birthday I moved across the country to live with my mom and stopped going. After some time - 9 years actually - I found myself back in the same town I grew up in, re-acquainting myself with friends that I had had when I was younger, before I moved. I noticed a really distinct difference between my "new" LDS friends and the friends I had gone to high school with. I also found myself suprisingly hungry for a knowledge of God and of spiritual truths. I had been basically agnostic since high school, and so things like prayer and faith in Jesus Christ still seemed pretty foreign to me as an adult. But eventually I decided to read the Book of Mormon. I read it every night before I went to bed for something like 4 months - one to two chapters a night. I immediately began to notice the change it made in my life. I felt happier, more vibrant, more optimistic. I wanted to do good things. I began to feel that God was very real and as I felt this I also began to clearly see His hand in my life. It was a beautiful experience. When I finished the book I did what I had heard others talk about but never done myself - I knelt and prayed and asked my Father in Heaven if the book was true. I don't think I'll ever forget the overwhelmingly powerful, peaceful feeling that flooded into my heart. It was as if my soul woke up and for the first time was completely alive. It's pretty hard to describe. But it was powerful enough so that a skeptic like me could not deny it. I knew it was an answer from God, and I knew it did not come from anywhere else. At that point I knew, and to paraphrase Gordon B. Hinckley, everything good that has happened in my life since I can trace back to that point. I am so very grateful for it. 

How I live my faith

I could do a lot better with this. Currently I'm serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This wasn't always the plan. Most missionaries who serve are 19-21 years old. I'm 27. But in my early mid-twenties I reached a point in my life where I realized I sincerely wanted to do what God wanted me to do, and not what I wanted to do. I had seen pretty clearly that my way was usually not the best in way, and in fact most of the time was just about the worst. So I began earnestly seeking what God's will was. I didn't always get it right, but one answer that I did receive very clearly was that He wanted me to serve a mission. I am happy and grateful that I received this answer and was given the courage to listen. Of the many things I have learned in the past few years is that God does know us very personally, very intimately. He really is aware of everything we go through, every decision we make. The things that are important to us are important to Him. And when we faithfully seek His will in any decision we make, He will guide us. And if we diligently follow that guidance, we will always see the widsom in it afterwards we'll always be grateful we listened.