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Hi I'm Mike

I have a masters degree in Computer Science. I'm 6'11" and I don't play basketball. I'm a husband and student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When most people look at me, they immediately make the assumption that I play basketball because I'm so tall. It's funny in a way, because the last time I was on an organized basketball team was in the third grade. My interests have always been drawn towards other things, like singing in choirs, acting in plays and musicals, and working with computers. When I tell people that I don't play basketball, so many times they are disappointed as if I have missed my purpose in life. It always makes me sad that in the brief encounters I have with strangers, there is never the time to explain how I have given my life purpose without centering my life around sports, and that they are mistaken if they think that being tall is my only talent. Out of my passion for working with technology, I have decided to focus my education in the area of computer security because I can see the most direct impact on individuals' lives. With so many negative possibilities associated with computers and the Internet, I have decided to join the ranks of professionals working to make computers safer to use. I currently have a masters degree and I am working on a PhD in Computer Science.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon gives my life purpose because I understand God's plan for my life. I understand why I'm living on Earth and what is expected of me. I understand where I'm going and how to get there. I also understand how to take advantage of Jesus Christ's sacrifice to heal my spirit from the negative things that happen in my life as well as the sins I commit from being imperfect. I also understand that we are all a part of God's literal family, which brings a sense of closeness knowing that calling Him "Father" is more than just figurative. The teachings of the church assure me that God is aware of my life and my challenges, and that He has allowed each hardship in my life to occur for specific reasons that help me be more like Him by developing patience, love, strength of character, and other godly attributes. Being a Mormon, I believe that God has once again called prophets to speak on His behalf just as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others were called in ancient times. Having their words to help me with issues relevant to the distinct circumstances of our era is invaluable! Of course the scriptures are still the word of God, but there is just something special about having a prophet give counsel who lives today in the same world as me. This reaffirms to me that God loves all of us that live at this time just as much as He loved those that lived when the children of Israel needed Moses to lead them through their distinct challenges. God truly never changes!

How I live my faith

A Mormon leader rightfully said in April 2011, "If someone is looking for a church that requires very little, this is not the one. It is not easy to be a Latter-day Saint, but in the long run it is the only true course." (Boyd K. Packer, "Guided by the Holy Spirit") My participation in the church is definitely a huge demand on my time, but I don't consider it a burden. I read in the scriptures daily to gain spiritual knowledge and faith. I pray constantly to develop a personal relationship with God. I give service to others by visiting with them, giving words of comfort and encouragement, and doing anything else I can to help them exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When I serve others, I feel strengthened, and I know that it is because I am not only helping God's children, I am also becoming more like Christ who spent His entire life serving those around Him. I definitely count it a blessing to be walking in His footsteps in this way.