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Hi I'm Mike

I am a teacher, I am a scientist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in good ol' Florida, getting plenty of sunshine and a lot of opportunities to enjoy the beach. The parents of 4 children, both of my parents were very hard workers and we lived in a small 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom home in Deltona, FL. Neither of my parents obtained college degrees so we had a pretty modest lifestyle where both worked full-time jobs out of the home alternating there schedule so that us kids were not left alone throughout the day. I served a LDS mission in Rome, Italy where I had a number of experiences on my own away from friends and family that contributed to my growth as an individual. After my mission I attended BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, ID for three years; there, I met my wife Tiffany and we started our little family together. After my wife graduated we decided that I should finish my degree in Physics at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Not only did I do that but I also finished a degree in Mathematics and a masters degree in applied physics. I am currently teaching high school science at a school in south east Idaho. I am in the process of earning my doctorate degree in applied physics.

Why I am a Mormon

The Mormon missionaries taught my parents the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was 5 years old my father was baptized into the church, while my mother already a convert. My parents made sure we were "active" church members but I was never really convinced that there was anything special about this church. I think the biggest influence on my conviction was seeing my brother, the biggest rebel I knew at the time, decide to go on a mission for the Church. His decision made a great impact on me at 16 years old. I started to realize that maybe there is something more to this church and this Jesus Christ. I decided that it was time for me to make a change in my own life. I was young when read the Book of Mormon, and the Bible together, and I came to know and understand Jesus Christ and how he lived. It took me the better part of a year to discover that my testimony was growing, but I still didn't feel like I was "convinced". So after my investigation was finished I meditated on it over and over until I felt like it all made sufficient sense. Then I did what every mormon says that they do and I knelt and prayed. I felt a warm joyful sensation rush through my body and everything I had been contemplating felt real. For the first time I felt like what I had been taught growing up was real. From that time forward I have strived to do what I believe Christ would have me do and I have been so blessed, no matter the trials in my life, which are many. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a very busy guy. I attend school where I do a lot scientific research for my doctoral program in physics, but on top of that I prepare materials for my students at high school. For that reason I am not home as often as I would like to be. But when I am home I love to help around the house and make an effort to assist where I can, even in the small things. I believe that no matter what opportunities come my way in science or education my family will always be my central motivator because that is what I will take with me into eternity along with my intelligence. I believe that all things testify to the existence of a supreme creator, the evidence is always before us. Whether we look to the vast oceans of the heavens or to the subatomic realm of quantum physics, the evidence that God lives, and has set in order the laws of the Universe, is demonstrated and undeniable. Science answers the questions of how and when? But religion is the field that answers the questions of why? That is why I enjoy science and religion so much. Particularly this religion; which teaches us the most intuitive notion that could be thought of: intelligence does not cease to exist at death but continues on into eternity! What a beautiful notion and why shouldn't it continue on? My faith is strengthened each day through science and religion, but it is also renewed in knowing that I can take my family into eternity with me.