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Hi I'm Mike

I am a very happily married father of five. I am a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm an attorney. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. My wife and I have five young children. Without a doubt, being a parent is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it is also endlessly rewarding. I'm grateful every day for the experiences I get to have with my family. By day, I'm a lawyer. I have spent my career in government service and I find great satisfaction in working every day to defend the laws of our country. In my (nearly non-existent) free time, I enjoy reading, mostly history and biography. I love to learn about the past and the people who have shaped out world.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that so-called Mormonism is actually the true gospel of Jesus Christ restored again in modern times, and I am very grateful that I was able to grow up in a home where the gospel was taught and lived. I continue to be a Mormon because the teachings of Jesus Christ have had and continue to have a huge impact on my life. I think that anyone who has studied the life and teachings of the Savior knows that he expects much of those who would be his disciples. His way is not always easy and it certainly isn't always popular. Good, clean living -- honesty, chastity, kindness, and all the rest -- isn't exactly celebrated in pop culture. But I have found true peace of conscience as I've tried to follow the example Jesus set for us. I guess I could say that I'm a Mormon because I've tried the gospel experiment and discovered that it works. I have learned for myself that God really does answer sincere, humble prayers; that he provides true comfort in times of disappointment and loss; and that he provides answers to life's most difficult questions for those who earnestly seek the truth.

How I live my faith

There are several ways I try and live my faith. First and foremost for me is daily personal prayer. In prayer I really try and understand God's will for me and express genuine gratitude for the blessings I have received. Second, is daily scripture study, which, for Mormons, includes the Book of Mormon (and other books) as well as the Holy Bible. The word of God for me is a constant source of inspiration and motivation to keep on the right path. Another important party of my worship is participating in the church community. Because there is no paid clergy in the church, all of the members must share in the responsibilities of leading, teaching, and serving. Just this past year I have had an opportunity to deliver a sermon to our entire congregation about family worship, to teach a youth group about the importance of the scripture, and to share some of Christ's parables with my young daughter's Sunday school class. This participatory aspect of worship is perhaps what I find the most rewarding part of church. I always seem to learn the most when I'm called to teach others.