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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband and father. I'm a math professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I grew up with two great parents, a younger sister, and four younger brothers. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil, I returned home and met my wife soon afterward. Now we have three beautiful kids of our own--two daughters and a son. I love watching my children get excited as they learn new things every day. I'm also interested in my family's history, and I'm very glad when I discover work others have already done on compiling the stories of my ancestors. I'm a math professor near the beginning of my career. After finishing graduate school a few years ago, I took a job teaching math at a small college in the central United States. For the past two years I've been teaching and researching at Brigham Young University, and I'll be starting a job at another university this fall. I love math--I appreciate the order and logic of it, and I love the thrill of discovery that comes when I happen upon new facts and theorems. I also love teaching it and trying daily to creatively present it in clear, interesting ways to others. Besides my family and math, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, and music. I sing in our church congregation's choir, and you'll usually find me listening to something or other, from classical music through movie scores through modern pop.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of church members on both sides of my family, so I was born and raised in the Church. I'm very grateful for what I was taught from the beginning, and I'm especially glad that I was taught that the Holy Ghost is available to those who are seeking the truth. As a teenager I really had a desire to know the truth for myself. I read and studied the Book of Mormon and Bible and other church literature, and I prayed and payed attention to my feelings. I felt the warm, peaceful, joyful feelings of the Spirit as I did this, and I came to know for myself that this is the Lord's truth. Life wasn't always easy, and one year in particular at the end of my teen years was incredibly hard to bear. I came away from that year questioning why I'd felt so alone, and why the Lord would allow me to feel that much pain. In the years since, however, as I served a mission and have since begun a family of my own, I've come to see very clearly that the Lord has always been mindful of me, and my experiences have been given to me to help me grow in very specific ways. And with all my experiences, I've grown more and more sure that the Church I've had the privilege of attending and serving in is led by the revelation and authority of the Lord. I know it--the Holy Ghost has confirmed it to me again and again, and I've seen too much of the Lord's hand at work to believe otherwise!

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith means trying to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. As I interact with my family, students, and others each day, I try to show kindness and help them. I try to use the choices I'm free to make to do good in the world. I'm connected each day to my faith by having prayer and scripture study, both by myself and with my family. I love the sense I get as I read and pray that the Lord is mindful of me and wants me to become what He knows I can be.