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Hi I'm Mike

I'm the father of 5 boys. I have an amazing wife and I love sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California with my mom and dad and my six siblings. I am the middle child. I loved playing sports and hanging out with my friends at the beach. I also loved the Boy Scouts. I worked hard to earn the various merit badges and rank advancements. One of my greatest accomplishments as a youth was earning my Eagle Scout award. At age 14, I remember hearing the words of a prophet telling the importance of serving a full-time mission. At that point, I decided that is what I was going to do. When I turned 19, I was called to serve in the Paraguay, Asuncion mission for two years. I left my home and went to a country that was extremely poor. I learned new languages, used my camping and survival skills and served the wonderful people of Paraguay. But most important, I was teaching the "good news" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope that His life, death and resurrection brings to all mankind. Those two years changed my whole life as I learned to love, to serve and to be happy with what we have and who we are. I came home, resumed my studies and married a wonderful woman. Today, after 15 years of marriage, we have five boys and are extremely happy. I sell chemotherapies to oncologists as a Biopharma Sales Manager. I am still active in the Boy Scouts as I expect each one of my boys to attain the rank of Eagle. We love being together as a family and spending time playing sports or going to the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

Like all Christians, I strongly believe and find comfort in John 3:16-17 which says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” I know that God is our father and wants us to be happy. He has a plan to bring us happiness in this life and the life after. His Son, Jesus Christ is the central part of this great plan of happiness. Christ gave his life so that we could repent, change and become more like him and our Father. He said “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”I love the Savior and I love what he has done for all of us. As in ancient times, God has called a prophet in our day to lead and guide us. I believe that Joseph Smith was that first prophet called in the latter days and that we have a prophet today, even Thomas S Monson. I love reading the scriptures including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. These books give my family and me guidance and structure. It helps us as parents teach our children morals, values and truth that bring happiness and joy. As I confront the daily struggles of life, I feel with my conviction and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I can be happy and enjoy every day I am given.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is an everyday thing. I have learned that it is the little things that make up my faith. Daily prayers, daily reading of the scriptures, seeking opportunities to serve others and looking for ways to become a better person are things I do to live my faith. I have the opportunity to work with a Spanish-speaking congregation so I get to interact with wonderful people from several different countries and cultures that all have one commonality; the gospel of Jesus Christ and striving to be more like Him. I have a mantra that I have tried to live each day of my life: Make a Difference. Whether I am at work, at the grocery store, or at home playing with my kids, I constantly strive to make a difference in the lives of others. That is how the Savior of the world lived his life and that is what He would want us to do as well. He said “What manner of men ought ye to be? Even as I am.”