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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Husband a father of six, a Postal Supervisor, and volunteer on the local Rescue Squad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've worked for the United States Postal Service for 16 years and I'm currently a Delivery Supervisor. I've been married to my High School sweetheart for 26 years (since 1984) and we have six wonderful children from age twenty-two to one year old. I also have a beautiful granddaughter that was born exactly 12 weeks after our youngest daughter. Directly out of High school I joined my local volunteer fire department, then I went into the Air Force got married and moved away to Arizona. While there serving as an Air Force Security Police Specialist, I also served my local community as a paid Firefighter on Rural Metro Fire Department. I stayed in the National Guard once out of the Air Force and was activated for Desert Storm. I started my career with the Post Office as a City Carrier, and went to the local processing plant as a Clerk and then a Supervisor. I never lost the urge to help others and serve the community and I joined the local volunteer Rescue Squad where I am currently a Deputy Chief. We provide fire fighting support, a rescue dive team, K-9 search and rescue, and vehicle extrication. I love to help others and help my community.

Why I am a Mormon

One day two young men in white shirts and ties knocked on our door and asked my wife if they could share a story of piece and joy. She let those young men in and they started to teach us the lessons. We talked with each other and agreed that we needed to go to church more, and we should read our scriptures, but we had no intentions of joining "their" church. During the fourth discussion, which dealt with the plan of salvation, the missionaries asked us if we would commit to living the Word of Wisdom, we told them we would think about it. Then one of our missionaries "went off script" and said they could not return and teach us any longer until we committed to the Word of Wisdom. This is absolutely not the case, the missionaries will teach you and help you through any struggles you have. But our missionary said he felt prompted to say that and I'm glad he did, because I looked at my wife, she kind of nodded and I turned to the missionaries and said "OK, we'll live the Word of Wisdom, and I guess we need to set a Baptism date". They were excited and my wife was floored, because as I said, we had talked and had no intention of joining "their" church, we had never even been to the chapel. I just felt that if we were going to live the Word of Wisdom, it wasn't just to hear them talk. The next day when talking to my wife about our decision, I told her I really felt it was right and she agreed. She said she really had a good night's sleep, and I told her I had also. She said that she had been having dreams that had been keeping her from a good nights rest for about two weeks, and I had been having dreams also, but we hadn't talked about them to each other. She said that in these dreams the missionaries had been teaching her and reading scriptures to her and she wasn't sleeping well. I had been having similar dreams, and they had stopped for both of us when we accepted the Gospel and set a Baptism date. We had been receiving an answer, we just weren't listening.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to teach the eleven year old boys and I have been the Cub Scoutmaster. I served twice as a counselor to the President of our Priesthood organization. I served for many years as the Ward Clerk where I worked with the Bishopric and maintained the records of the Ward. One of my favorite callings was serving as Ward Mission Leader, as I was able to help coordinate the efforts of other full time missionaries like those that knocked on my door, and the Ward missionaries to assist them in bringing the Gospel to those that will hear it. There is no joy greater that to see someone accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ in to their life and to know the path they are starting down. Being able to assist them on that journey builds testimonies of the truthfulness of our Saviors love for them and those friendships will last forever. I currently am serving with my wife as Family History Consultants and truly enjoy seeing someone become excited and enthusiastic about doing family history work. I have always loved family history work, even before I joined the church, and I now know of the eternal importance of this work and I love to share that with others.