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Hi I'm Michael

I am a husband, father of four (soon to be five), a former CPA, a Real Easte Agent, an huge sports fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the middle of seven children. My father worked hard to provide for a large family and my mother worked even harder as a stay at home Mom. Sports have been a great love of mine throughout my life. As a young child this is all I wanted to do. I excelled in sports especially football and I was an all-state defensive back. After a two year mission for my church, I started college. School was always difficult for me, concepts did not come easily. One thing I did have going for was that I knew how to work. I studied hard in college typically 3 hours of my day was spent in the library. In time I was able to obtain a full academic scholarship at a credited University. I finished college in 3 and ½ years with no debt. During my last year in college one of my life long dreams came true as I married my wife. I was told once that marriage is the most important decision I would EVER make. I have done some dumb things in my life and have made a lot of mistakes but when it comes to the most important decision of my life (marriage) I hit a home run. I have a great wife and I will be indebt to her forever for the person she has helped me become. We now have four children ages 2 thru 9 and we are expecting our fifth in January. I am a real-estate agent and my wife is a stay at home mother. I am amazed at how hard she works. In my opinion, being a stay at home mom is the hardest job in the world!

Why I am a Mormon

As a 16 year old I decided I needed to study the scriptures. I had a few issues, I found the scriptures hard to understand and as a teenager I felt the scriptures were a little boring. However, I knew that these words were important and of great worth. Just to get into the habit I would read just one verse of scripture each day from the Book of Mormon. In process of time I was able to read two to three verses a day. Soon I could read one chapter a day. As I read something amazing happened. For the first time in my life I found that I could understand what I was reading. In addition, the stories and doctrine were interesting to me. I began to feel the Holy Spirit and recognized that the this Spirit was testifying to that these things were true. I love the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scripture. This writings of acient Prophets have brought me great comfort in my life. I learned that if the Book of Mormon was indeed God's word, this would mean that the Prophet who translated this Book was and is a true prophet, and that the Church he established was and is a true church. From that moment on I have never questioned my testimony. During my early 20s I had experiences in life that taught me that there really is a purpose in life. We are here for a reason. That God has a plan for us and wants each of us to return to live with him some day.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is not something I do once a week on Sunday. Living my faith is something I strive to do each day and will continue to do throughout my life. I love the parable of the talents in the new testament. Our Heavenly Father has given each of us talents and I believe that God expects us to become something, he requires us to make something of ourselves. As we use our talents to serve God and our fellow men, Heavenly Father adds upon those talents. We become something even greater than we could have become on our own. I have found in my life as I keep the commandants, specifically the two great commandments to love God and to love our fellow men, that Heavenly Father has put me in situations that have caused me to grow. For example, being married and having children has provided opportunities to grow and develop Christ like attributes. These attributes include faith, patience, and love. One of the greatest blessings of my church is that I have opportunities to serve others. I have served with the scouts, the youth, and many other responsibilities. These service opportunities have allowed me to associate with others that I probably would have never associated with. These interactions have helped me to be more tolerable of others and I have developed a greater love for my fellow man. As we keep God's commandments and seek to serve others with our personal talents, I believe that God gives us opportunities to change and grow. How grateful I am that I am not the same person I was 10 years ago and in 10 years I hope to be a stronger and better person.