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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a student at Princeton University, I love the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington state and now I live on the East Coast. In between I attended college in Utah. While I lived in Utah, I developed a love of the outdoors. I enjoy running, biking, and rock climbing, but I love skiing. This is one reason why I love the winter season. The other reason is that during the winter we get to celebrate so many wonderful holidays that bring family and friends together, and I love to spend time with my family. Currently I'm getting a PhD and hope to teach at a university when I finish my degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with four other siblings and fantastic parents that were great examples to each of us. When I think back to the time when all seven of us were living in the same house, I remember so many wonderful experiences, adventures and traditions. I really am blessed with an amazing family. And I know that the underlying reason for this is because of my parents' heartfelt effort to live the gospel of Jesus Christ every day in their marriage as well as in their parenting. I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings of the church regarding families serve to make all of us better people. I am a better person because of the example of my parents, and I hope to be as patient and christlike to my future children as my parents were (and are) to me. I know that the ultimate example of behavior is our Savior Jesus Christ. I find the most fulfillment in my life through the relationships I have with my family and the belief I have that we will be together forever. And I have this faith because of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Currently, I serve in my congregation as the assistant scout master. This means that every week I get to lead the boys in the church in activities that help them advance in scouting. The LDS church participates in the Boy Scouts program because of our shared interests in developing qualities described in the Scout Law: trustworthiness, kindness, obedience, and reverence to name a few. But I also love my responsibility because I get to do fun things with the boys every week like build fires, go camping and hiking, and learn outdoor survival skills. For example, last winter we built a snow cave as a scout patrol and this year we're planning a winter campout in the mountains. Before I was a scout master, I worked as a member of a committee whose responsibility was to reach out to members of the church that were new to the area. We would plan monthly dinners and invite all of the new people in the area to come so that we could introduce ourselves and get to know these new friends. I love that wherever I go, there is always a congregation of Latter-Day Saints that welcomes me as though I were a long-time friend and neighbor.