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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Idaho. I moved to Southern California after college. I am a civil engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man. Family is my top priority. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a dad. To be there for my kids, encourage them to be great, do fun things with them, and put them very first in my life. I didn't wait long after marrying my college sweetheart to get started on a family and I haven't regretting it for a minute. Now I'm 27 with 2 beautiful kids and I love it. It's a lot of hard work but when I climb into bed at night, I feel fulfilled. I am an engineer. A civil engineer who designs and works with railroads. I have only been out of college for a year and a half, but I love my work. I am an outdoor lover. I grew up loving to ski in the winter and mountain bike in the summer. Circumstances have changed and now so I have replaced skiing with surfing. But my love of the outdoors has stuck with me. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my dad, brother, and I camping far away from anything. Now I look forward to creating that same experience for my family. I love to hunt, fish, climb, camp, bike, ski, surf, and just generally be outdoors in nature.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion to this faith is a life long process, but I would say that my faith is built on 4 key principles. First and foremost is Jesus Christ. Because I am far from perfect, I know that I need Him. Some of the times in my life where I have felt most lost or alone have been turned around when I have felt his love. One time in particular when feeling especially alone, I prayed and felt his love surround me. So overwhelming was the feeling that I recorded it in my journal and said that 'Jesus hugged me today'. I know that He is real. I know that his love for us is immense. And I know that he paid the ultimate price, giving his life, for us. The second part of my conversion happened while I was serving as a Mormon missionary in Venezuela. As a missionary we often shared the story of Joseph Smith, who at 14 prayed and was visited by God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. At first I was reluctant to share this story with people, because although I believed it, the story seemed so unbelievable. But as I began to share this story with people, I noticed that something special was happening every time. There was always a special feeling in the home, when we shared that story. Something that was tangible. I would often ask the people after the story what they felt and their answers were always the same: different, calm, peaceful, love. I was blessed to feel that over and over and because of those experiences I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. My third source of faith comes from the scriptures and it is simple. When I read from them, I feel that they are from God. They teach me what He wants me to know and I feel it. And my last source of faith is family. Family is something that no matter where you're from or what you believe, your family is a source of happiness. I know that families are more than just coincidence. I know that we will can be together with our families forever and that brings me a lot of joy and increases my faith.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the opportunity that we, as member, have to serve in it. I know that a lot of people put a lot of time into teaching me and helping me become who I am today and I'm grateful for the opportunity to give back and try to help others the same way I was helped. Currently I work with boys, ages 12 and 13. I teach them about the gospel, help them develop their talents and become leaders, and to make sure that they know that they are loved. A big part of teaching these boys involves Scouting. I'm their Sunday school teacher on Sunday and their Scout leader the rest of the week. We go camping every month and since I love the outdoors, it is a perfect way to make a difference and to have a good time. It's on the activities that you are really able to get to know and love them and teach them things that they just can't learn in a classroom. One of my favorite parts of working with these boys is watching the changes in them. In some sense they seem to start as a child and leave a man. Their faith has increased, their confidence grown, and they are on their way to being powerful leaders. I feel lucky to be a part of that growth.