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Hi I'm Michael

I have lived and traveled in the U.S. and Latin America. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I live in Colorado. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated college and became a CPA in Nevada. I later had the opportunity to work as an accountant in Mexico for several years. I speak Spanish fluently. I learned to speak Spanish as a 19 year old Missionary but I really became a fluent speaker later working as a professional in Mexico. I have four children who have all graduated college. I enjoy visiting with my growing family. Two of my children are married and I have two grandchildren and one on the way. I enjoy sports both as a spectator and participant. My current favorites for participation are Racquetball, tennis, cycling, and golf. As a spectator I am very interested in college football and basketball. I enjoy traveling. My current professional assignments require a lot of travel. I have had the opportunity to visit almost every country in North and South America and have also traveled to Europe and Asia and the Pacific Islands. I enjoy the travel a lot more when I have the opportunity to take my wife with me. We have enjoyed some very exciting trips to Chile, Argentina, Peru and most recently China.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were divorced when I was very young. During my youth I lived with my father and he remarried a couple of times. My father was an alcoholic. He had been raised in the Pentecostal Church bur did not attend. I often attended different church meetings when I was young and would also read from the Bible on occasion. Because of the difficult circumstances of living with an alcoholic father I often sought refuge through prayer and the scriptures. I was immature and sometimes sought attention by doing things that were not right. When I was 17 I met some members of the church that went to high school with me. I enjoyed being with them and began to hang out with them as often as possibe. Soon I was introduced to the Book of Mormon and began attending church. I began studying the Book of Mormon with them. Several months later I was introduced to the missionaries who taught me the fullness of the gospel. I was very soon baptised. I enjoyed my new life as a Mormon. There was a lot to learn. There was a whole new culture, things I did not totally understand but learned line upon line. I learned about tithing, fasting and the Word of Wisdom. I learned of blessings that come with obedience to these and other comandments of God. I turned 19 after being a member just under a year. My Mormon friends from high school were going on missions. I decided that I didn't need to do that. I felt I could do plenty where I was. Then one day the Spirit told me that I needed to serve a mission. I was 19, had a good job, and was starting to attend college. There were no other members of the church in my family. It didn't matter, I had learned from my experiences with other comandments that the Lord will help us if we are obedient. I was able to sell my worldly posesions and serve a two year mission. The blessings of that service continue to come to me. I know the Lord loves me. He has blessed me with a wonderful wife and family. I love being a Mormom.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had the opportunity to serve the Church and community where I live in many ways. I have had positions in the church serving as a teacher, a financial clerk, a member of the local leadership (Bishopric) and many others. I currently serve as a ward missionary and the Ward Mission Leader in my Ward. I have always had the opportunity to serve as a home teacher, visiting several families at the request of the church leadership to asssit them in spiritual, as well as physical needs. While we lived in Mexico I had the opportunity to serve as a leader in one of the local congregations. It was a humbling and inspiring opportunity as I worked with the families and individuals who had so little and yet gave what they had in serving along side me. I have been a President of the local Kiwanis Chapter where I lived. This was a great opportunity to serve the community through giving of time, talen,t and funds to the youth of the area. When I chose my career I wanted a career that would be a blessing to the community and provide for my family. I began studying civil engineering but ended up in accounting. I currently work for a not for profit company dedicated to protecting investors.