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Hi I'm Michael

I love to fish. I love building things from wood. I love sports and coach high school basketball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 4th son in a family of 7 children. I grew up in the mountains of northern California among majestic trees and crystal clear creeks. That is most likely where my love for the outdoors and fishing originated. My other interests include virtually all sports as a participant and spectator, woodworking, coin collecting and anything with my family. I have been married to my sweet wife and best friend for 25 years. We have 6 daughters. We lost our 2nd baby girl at birth which was very difficult. We have cherished and enjoyed raising the other 5. I am a very blessed man and am generally very happy with good cause. 

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I became a member of the church because my mother was searching for something different in her life and recalled the good feelings that she had when she attended church with her grandparents. Living a life that brought nothing but sadness and difficulty she longed for the feelings that she remembered from her childhood. She contacted the missionaries and my 3 brothers and I were taught and then baptized. A few years later during my high school years I remember distinctly wanting to know for myself whether the things I had been learning were true. A combination of reading the bible and book of mormon generated a deeper curiousity. I prayed. I did not have a distinct moment where I knew the teachings to be true. However, I did have good and comforting feelings and felt hope. So, I continued my association. Eventually, I realized that although I didn't know every little thing was true I did know that certain key beliefs unique to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made complete sense to me. And, I believed them to be true. For instance, one of the teachings that I cherish is the knowledge that there is a plan to include everyone when it comes to salvation. As the bible teaches, a man must be born of water baptism to enter the kingdom of heaven. Believing that teaching to be true, I was confused as to what happens to those who are not baptized. Specifically, my mind went to 2 boyhood friends that had died. What a beautiful and proper belief baptism for the dead is. For me, it made so much sense and provided me comfort. No matter what the condition or status of a son or daughter of God was on earth, eventually they would learn of the teachings of Christ and would be afforded the opportunity to choose for themselves whether to accept the baptism that was performed on their behalf. To my mind a loving God would make sure all were afforded a fair and loving chance. Over the years, my conviction to my beliefs has grown more and more sound. I continue to learn day to day. The example and love of Jesus Christ, my brother and savior, strengthens me and helps me through the challenges I face. I cannot imagine life without the guidance of his teachings. Over the years I have come to know for myself that the teachings found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are not only true but are essential to my happiness and eternal progress. The knowledge that if I live as I should I will be able to dwell eternally with my wife is motivation to be sure. She is an amazing person and I love her. I am a very blessed man to have such a companion and in addition to have the complete teachings of Jesus Christ as my guide through this life on earth. I thank my Heavenly Father as often as I can. 

How I live my faith

 This is a very interesting question. How I live my faith? To be honest, the first thought that I had was not well enough. But, that is just the point. The teachings of Christ show us that we are to progress and grow. We are here on earth in part to be tested. If I had it all mastered I guess there would be no point to still being here. So, I try day by day to live as I have been taught. Some days I can reflect and feel good about my progress. Other days, I have to recognize my faults and weaknesses and call on the atonement of Christ to help me improve. I have come to recognize that as long as I am trying and have the right attitude I can recognize the comfort of the spirit and can feel good about my efforts. I believe the trick is to be able to look back periodically and recognize that I have not wasted time overall. If I can reflect and see that I have grown and improved then I know that I am on the right track. I know that God does not expect me to be perfect, only to work toward perfection. So, day by day I try.