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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a VMI cadet preparing to go into the military, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a 23 year old Junior 2nd Classman at Virginia Military Institute. I'm a double major in Economics/Business and Modern Languages/Cultures. I served a mission from 2007-2009 in the Hungary Budapest mission and it was the best two years of my life and am currently studying here for a semester. I love sports, mainly American Football and Baseball. I love running with my dog, hiking and river rafting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but because of my parents early divorce I really struggled in the church to understand the doctrines and principals taught. I remember growing up my mom always was encouraging me to serve a mission when I was 19. I would always put it off thinking the time was so far away so I could live how I wanted. When that time did come though I became very afraid. I questioned my faith. I would ask myself if I even knew the Book of Mormon was true or not. I honestly didn't know. But since I was a child my mother had taught me how to pray and I had prayed my entire life so I knew that I could get an answer to this question. So everynoght from that day on I would begin my reading from the Book of Mormon with a prayer and end it with a prayer asking if it was really true or not. And if it is true then if everything else that this church claims to be is true or not? During this process I also saw a movie called "Charly" it is a low budget LDS film, but the messege in it hit me to the center of my heart. It sent the messege to me of how short life really is, and I knew then and there that I wanted to do whatever it would take to be married for time and all eternity in one of God's temples so I could remain with my family after this life. That was one of the biggest desires of my soul. I never wanted to be seperated from my family and I knew then that I would do whatever it would take, no matter the changes that I needed to make in my life, I knew that this was more important. (Continued below)

How I live my faith

 I serve others as much as I possibly can. Serving my mission in Hungary was the biggest service I provided. I would teach people about the Gospel of course but I was able to help in so many other ways as well. We taught English classes weekly to help those trying to increase their knowledge of our language.I've worked in gardens and even corn fields collecting corn for pigs it was so much fun and I had so many experiences that I will never forget. But being able to see the Gospel change people's lives and seeing them creating a relationship with Heavenly Father was amazing and the most rewarding by far. Upon my return from my mission I served as a Home Teacher and a Ward Mission leader. Where I go to school there is a small oridominantly Mormon school there so every month I would visit with certain people at least once if not more to help them out with anything going on with their lives and I would help them understand and teach them Gospel principals as well. I made some really neat relationships with people over the past year and a half. It has been so rewarding. And then as a Mission Leader I would help new members and investigators to the church with questions and try to make them feel as comfortable as possible. I loved this position because I felt like I was a Missionary again like when I was in Hungary. I had the opprotunity to see many from my school even baptized and gain testimonies of the truthfulness of the gospel. Now I don't have a perticular "calling" or assignment but I do spend a lot of time with the young adults here 18-30 yrs and it has been a lot of fun. Living the Gospel in Europe is a lot different than America and I have been able to have long conversations with them and help them to reach righteous goals like going to the Temple. Serving others has been the most rewarding thing that I have done in the church.

What is the priesthood?

 The Priesthood is the power or authority to act in God's name here on the Earth. We practice this Priesthood through certain ceremonies or ordinance such as administering of the Sacrament to the church members or Baptizing individuals who promise to live and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ.It is a power that has been given to every prophet since the beginning of time from Adam to our current Prophet Thomas S. Monson. Jesus Christ gave this same authority to His apostles when He was here on the Earth. After His apostles death this power was taken away from thr Earth but through Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ this power has been restored. Even the power to seal families for time and all eternity. Show more Show less