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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a grad student. I love spaghetti westerns. I write poetry. I garden. I'm a husband and future parent. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I study English at a graduate level, focusing on American literature. I love language, the way words rolls off the bone. In my free time, I write poetry and short stories. I also watch old spaghetti westerns. My wife and I met a year ago in a creative writing class, and were married for time and all eternity in April 2011. Together, we have spice gardens on our window sills, and a plot in the community garden. We cook with what we grow, and have plans to raise chickens, goats and pigs, when the time comes. We go camping a lot, and in this way, I can explore the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in hope. I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the living Son of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and its teachings bring me closer to Christ. As I have gained a relationship with the Savior, I have learned the importance of His teachings in my life. It is comforting to know Christ has authorized servants on the earth to preach His word. Authorized servants. The phrase is full of power and hope. God has called men again to not only preach the gospel, but has given authority-the priesthood -to act in His holy name. Today, there are prophets, men of God, who testify of Christ, as they are called of him. You and I can have the witness of the Holy Ghost to testify to us that prophets are on the earth today, and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in various ways. Before beginning my studies, I read from the Standard Works, the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, or Pearl of Great Price. In these books, I learn the voice of the Lord, and can feel the Holy Ghost's presence. I also pray for opportunities to serve my fellow man. This can be as simple as opening a door, smiling, or giving an encouraging word to another individual, or as complex as you can think of. In this way, I serve not only my fellow man, but my God.