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Hi I'm Michael

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1995.

About Me

I studied business at the University of Colorado, and met the missionaries on campus. Their message touched me and I was baptized soon after. A year after my baptism, I too served a two-year mission for the Church, being assigned to the Dominican Republic. For me it was a great honor and priveledge to teach and share the beautiful message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, and to see how this message and the teachings of the Master changed the life of others, just as it had changed mine. Soon after returning to CU from the mission field I had the opportunity to work for a year in Bucaramanga, Colombia. There, at church, I met my beautiful wife and she was my Sunday School teacher. We were married in the Bogota, Colombia temple and moved back to the states soon after. My wife quickly learned English and studied Economics at CU. We have been married now for 11 years and have three children. Family is the most important thing to us and our goal is to live together again as a family when this life is over. Last year our entire family moved to Italy for a year while I worked on a graduate program in Insurance and Risk Management. It was a challenge for the entire family- and most especially for our children who attended public school in Italian- but also an experience that allowed us to grow closer together, closer to the Lord, and helped us to gain a new perspective on the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of good friends and missionaries who took the time to teach me more about the Savior and His gospel than I had previously known. These friends were also tremendous examples and disciples of Jesus Christ. Prior to reading the Book of Mormon, I was unaware of Christ's ministry in the Americas following his death in Jerusalem, or of the many doctrines which had been lost to the world and have since been restored through modern-day revelation. I have been fascinated to find traces of them in the Bible and other ancient texts. I was raised in another church and baptized as an infant, but was impressed with the way the Book of Mormon worked together with the Bible to clarify the inefficacy of doctrines like infant baptism, and shed light on other confusions, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations perpetuated through the ages and sensed by early reformers such as Luther or Tindale (prior to the restoration of these truths through the prophet Joseph Smith). Although I was taught faith in Jesus Christ since I was young, I am very grateful to have found His true gospel and I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church established again in the earth. Following the Savior and receiving His teachings in purity help me to be a better father, husband, and person. I am also grateful to have the answers to questions about life after death which were never satisfied prior to being acquainted with the Church: Will good people really be condemned because they were never baptized even if they never even had the opportunity to hear the gospel or understand the importance of being baptized by someone in authority? Will family relationships really cease at death? These are the sorts of questions which went unanswered for years, or to which the answers I received never satisfied me until I became acquainted with the restored gospel and the Spirit which speaks all truth to a person's heart who prays and asks in faith.

How I live my faith

Many people who are not acquainted with my faith ask me about what happens in our temples or they want to know why the Mormons are so interested in their ancestors and geneology. One of the things we come to understand through the restoration of the Gospel is that people of all nations, tongues, born of all ages and to every geography will have the opportunity to accept or reject the saving ordinances of the gospel, such as baptism- if not in this life, than in the next. We understand that when a person dies there is a separation of body and spirit prior to the resurrection. We know through the scriptures that, in much the same way the gospel is preached here on earth, it is also preached to the spirits of those who wait in the spirit realm. Those disembodied souls who would embrace the teachings of the gospel and might wish to be baptized, but have no corporal way of doing so, must rely on the living to perform these ordinances on their behalf, prior to their resurrecton. This doctrine was alluded to by Paul in 2 Corinthians 15, but largely lost to the world until the restoration of the gospel by revelation in modern times. These ordinances take place in temples. One of the ways I live my faith is to seek after my anscestors, and by performing saving ordinances -such as baptisms- for them in the temple I afford them the opportunity to accept or reject these ordinances which they cannot perform for themselves, or perhaps never had in life. My grandparents' marriage was a controversial one for their day. He came from a Muslim family and she from a Catholic family. They had 5 children together, all of whom were orphaned when their airplane crashed over Morocco. The ordinances performed for them in the temple -which they are unable to perform for themselves- can allow them to reunite with each other and their children, by accepting the saving ordinances of the restored gospel.