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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon. I grew up all over the States Army Brat. I am married with a family. I teach Math at a university.

About Me

I am a father of a larger family. I teach at a college (mathematics). I like to read and write science fiction and fantasy. I like to play board games. I like to swim and go biking with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because (1) it helps me live and become more like our Savior is (for example as detailed in the Beatitudes) and (2) I know that the church is true. The gospel helps me in all aspects of my life. Like everyone, I have stresses that at times seem overwhelming. I have a large family. Finances are tight. Relationships are not always happy-go-lucky. My work involves unpredictable schedules that often take me away from home. We've experienced health issues. Stressful situations can be handled in different ways. We all know that the sometimes our natural reactions to stress are problematic. I am a better man because of what I learn at church. I have become better at avoiding anger, more creative and optimistic when facing difficult situations, more hopeful in the help that the Lord can and does provide. I've become more thoughtful of others, more willing and able to make peace instead of conflict, and in short, a Christian. I've found, sometimes by the bumpy road of trial and error, that as I apply the teachings of "being a Mormon" that my family thrives. One aspect of being a Mormon is Family Home Evening. This inspired program helps my family stay close together. Why am I a Mormon? Several years ago, I prayed about whether the church was true. I received a powerful answer the next day. I remember I was sitting there at church listening to a talk about the Prophet Joseph Smith and felt something wash over me. The feeling was powerful, peaceful and happy. I thought instantly in my mind "Is this an answer to my prayer?" Instantly the feeling intensified and I knew. This was a powerful witness to me that my prayer had been answered. BUT this response, which many might consider amazing, pales in comparison to the witness that I have received as I've lived the gospel. I have seen the fruits of living as a Mormon. I've seen the personal changes and they are sweet indeed. By your fruits you shall know them.

How I live my faith

I participate in two majors areas in my ward and branch. I am what is called a "home teacher". This means that once a month I stop by an see a few families that are members of our congregation. I go with my teenage son. We stop by and see how they are doing as a family, talk about future plans, and deliver a short spiritual message. I also help out with our congregation's Cub Scout Pack (boys ages 8-10). I am the Cubmaster. I help provide overall leadership and guidance for the pack. For instance, yesterday, we (about 50 cubs, parents, and siblings) took a 5 mile hike along a trail. The hike was commemorating the Mormon Battalion, which made the largest infantry march in US history starting near our city. I basically coordinated the activity, which involved the hike, a guest speaker, caravaning to a historic museum.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

A family is sort of like rope. In life, we have stresses and strains on ourselves. This is only natural. All of us experience hardship. Families are safe havens in which we weave strands of love, support, and experience together. In my family, we are not always perfect, but generally we do try to develop these bonds. Alone a single strand can not usually handle much strain. However, weaved together several small strands of rope can lift incredibly heavy burdens. I am grateful for the teachings and principals of the Church that help my family grow these strong bands of support. Show more Show less