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Hi I'm Michael

I love the Pacific Northwest. I love the ocean. I love my family. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Washington State, and other than a mission to the Philippines and school at BYU Provo, I have made this small farming community my home. I met my 'better half' while attending college and we are the parents of four children. I love spending time at the beach or on the ocean, and annual fishing, shrimping and crabbing trips are a family tradition. The wonders of nature testify to me the reality of a loving Heavenly Father and I feel a closeness to Him whenever I spend time outdoors. Growing up and raising our own children in our tight-knit community has been a blessing to me and it is fun to see the next generation coming back 'home'. I love to travel with friends and family and hope to visit many parts of this wonderful world during my life. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to attend church services at the local LDS chapel. Maybe we'll meet someday in a meetinghouse near you.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's roots go back to the early days the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (his Great Great Grandmother joined the church in 1835 and others crossed the plains with the saints in 1861), but my mother didn't join the church until after she and my dad were married. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple just prior to my birth, so I was fortunate enough to have been raised in the church since my youth. However, that is not why I am a Mormon. I have had plenty of opportunities to observe the world around me and have considered at length our purpose for being here on earth. I have read with a searching mind the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, and have prayed in faith to know of their truth. I have explored the principles and doctrines of the church in my mind and heart and the spirit continues to testify to me that they are true. For me it is an ongoing process. Having worked around farming all my life, I am privileged to witness the miracle of growth and renewal each year. My testimony of the church is like a seed, that has been planted, watered and weeded, nurtured and cared for. I have tasted the sweet fruit of the spirit and have harvested the blessings from living gospel truths. Simply put... I know the fulness of the gospel has been restored to the earth and everything that will bring me happiness in this life and hope for eternal life with my family in the world to come is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following the principles and doctrines revealed through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I volunteer in the community and have previously served on the School Board for eight years. I have helped out in various service projects at the school and community. It was my privilege to serve as a missionary in the Philippines from 1981-1983 and I love the people in that part of the world. I hope to go back and visit there some day. It has been my privilege, for most of my adult life, to have worked with the youth of the church. I have served as an adviser to the young men of our area and have worked in scouting and other programs established by the LDS church to strengthen and encourage the young people to follow the example of Jesus Christ. My greatest privilege in this life has been that of being the husband of a remarkable woman and father to four wonderful children. I have experienced all of the struggles of marriage and parenthood that mortality brings, but the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me the tools, if utilized, to navigate those times of hardship. I try to daily put my trust in the continued guidance of a caring Heavenly Father, while relying on the atoning love and mercy of my Savior, Jesus Christ.