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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Dad, a computer geek, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a software engineer by trade and program mobile "apps" for a living. I've always had a love of computers, technology, and tinkering. My tinkering led me into Rocketry a few years ago when I built a rocket with a video camera built in. I also love warm weather and getting outside, whether it be playing disc-golf or taking hikes with my girls. I'm an adventurer at heart. I loved my time spent as a Boy Scout leader taking the youth canoeing, caving, and exploring. I'm a certified Diver and look forward to when I can afford to dive more often. I've been married for 8 years, and am now raising 4 soon to be 5 little girls with all the joys and challenges that come with it. My family is really the center of my life. At this phase of my life I spend a lot of time playing hide-n-seek, watching impromptu ballerina concerts, going on daddy dates, and of course cleaning up the ever present messes. Its a sacrifice at times but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Needless to say, however, I am a little fearful the teen-age years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church and am from a large Mormon family. My Mom was born a member of the church and my Dad is a convert. My parents both came from difficult family backgrounds but I think they really wanted better for us. The Gospel was the center of our family growing up. We went to church together, prayed together, and read the scriptures together. We always spent time together as a family. I cannot begin to count the number of hockey, wiffle ball, and capture the flag games we played together as a family growing up. It is impossible to imagine how different our family would have been without God and the priorities that came from Him. I strongly believe the Gospel made us a stronger family and by that better individuals. That being said, its hard to be a Mormon some times. You are different. The standards of the church and the standards of the world are getting farther apart all the time. By sticking to your morals, you stick out like a sore thumb. As a Mormon adult you have to know that the things you learned as a Mormon kid are true. For me it has been through personal prayer and the personal responses I've received in return that I have this knowledge that I am doing what God wants me to do. I can also see the benefits of my faith day in and day out. I know my weaknesses and I know the person I would be without God. The Lord has always been there to help me and push me to overcome my weaknesses. I've still got a LONG way to go but I feel like I'm progressing - and that's what life is all about. Like my family growing up I've chosen to raise my family in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I really feel like I cannot afford not to. This world is getting so crazy at times that I fear for my kids if they do not have the same strength I've been given through my faith. The Gospel really binds our family together. We have our struggles but we are Happy.

How I live my faith

 I am the Bishop of our ward. I love getting to know people and watching how they use their faith to overcome difficult challenges they face in their lives.