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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in California but now live in Arizona. I'm an entrepreneur and web application developer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad and grandfather which are the two most important accomplishments of my life. I was a musician the first half of my life but gave it all up for a business career. Now my grandson has taken up the clarinet and I bought one also so we can play duets together. I love to take my grandchildren out 4-wheeling in our Landcruiser to show them the great outdoors. I also love to go backpacking and I'm an avid cyclist. Many mornings you'll find me out a dawn on my Trek road bike enjoying the cool morning air and the solitude of a long ride. My wife and I run a business from our home which keeps us busy. For years I was a web developer so I keep our website up and running and we both do the shipping and sales. It’s great fun and being able to work side-by-side with my sweetheart make it even more fun!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the LDS Church, I went my own way in my late teens and early twenties. I wanted to see what the world had to offer as opposed to what I thought were the strict teachings of the Church. I met my sweetheart, who was not a member, and we fell in love. By that time I had sampled enough of the world’s offerings to know that they were shallow, uninspired, and void of lasting value. My sweetheart and I separated for 6 months to see if we were really meant for each other and during that time I reintroduced myself to the Gospel and my sweetheart, on her own, took the missionary lessons and joined the LDS Church. We met again after 6 months and decided that we were even more in love than before and after another 6 months of preparation, were married in the Los Angeles Temple. Now, 37 years later, I am more sure of the rightness of my membership in the Church than most anything else. The world is bright and glittery but the Spirit of the Lord is soft and still. As I listen more to the Spirit and ignore the loudness of the world, I have gained a confidence before the Lord that is difficult to describe. I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, lives, that He loves me, and there is purpose to this life. I am confident that I lived before coming here and that I am here because I needed to grow and progress. Here, as I respond to spiritual promptings, I am guided through difficulties and to opportunities. Many say such is simply wishful thinking and for many it may be. But live the Gospel—really live it—and you’ll find out for yourself. Don’t take mine or anyone else’s word for it. Drink from the fountain of knowledge and experience that is here for anyone who desires it and you too can know for yourself as do I. God lives. He hears and answers prayers. He knows us all personally. He knows us by name. He loves us. He cares for us, even enough to allow us to grow in our way. But He is always there to welcome us back. He loves us enough to forgive us.

How I live my faith

As I have come to know and rely on the Spirit of the Lord rather than on my own abilities so much, I have incorporated frequent prayer into my life. Morning, noon, and evening, whenever a feeling of gratitude hits me I'll say a silent or audible prayer. Sometimes is just a prayer of thanks for another day to be grateful. Along with prayer, I love to study and ponder the great truths of the scriptures. They are many and they are powerful. I am saddened to hear characters on TV or other media belittle those who find excitement in such study. Along with the scriptures I also enjoy studying the great minds of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson is a favorite. There have been so many that have taught us well and continue to teach through their written words. Membership in the LDS Church brings many activities into each member’s life. This is a church of action. We help each other. We have fun together and we mourn together. I work with the Boy Scouts and have the great privilege of helping them advance in rank and watching them grow into fine young men. Providing a fun, challenging, activity-filled program for young boys is a particularly fulfilling part of the Church. The LDS Church is not a Sunday-only church. There is much to do to and I have found that the doing brings fulfillment in ways not easily described in words. Some say there isn’t much we can do to change the world. I disagree. There is much we can do all around us. It may be a smile to someone who is down. It may be showing up with dinner at the home of a family who is suffering with illness. It may be helping a Scout complete his Eagle project which in itself helps others. It may be expressing deep feelings of love for a spouse. The most import aspect of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to look with His eyes, feel with His heart, and do what He would do—with most of the emphasis on the do. That’s how I live my faith. That’s how I remain unaffected by the difficulties of the world.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Michael
As children we readily believe. As we mature, we discover that some things we believed in as children are just sweet traditions. As that process takes place, we often "throw the baby out with the bathwater" and decide that everything we believed in as children is just tradition. Belief in Jesus Christ too often falls victim to a general attitude of disbelief in adults. Modern cynicism about the ills of the world may sear our ability to believe in a loving Savior who died for us and who understands our every feeling. It does sound almost too good to be true! But how does one return to the simple feeling that it is possible to believe. If you have children, do you believe they love you? That's a beginning. Love is a powerful force that can help return a skeptic to belief. Now consider a being who loves you so much that He was willing to sacrifice His entire life for you. He was willing to come to the earth and live as a mortal and accomplish a great task you can't do for yourself. He also suffered everything you ever have or will suffer so that He can understand you perfectly. He knows your loneliness. He knows your struggles. And He knows what you have it in you to become. That's worth believing! If you have a desire to believe in Him, read the scriptures. Read His words. Try just a little bit to leave the cares of this world behind. He will lift you up to a place of delicious beauty. Our Savior is real and lives to calm your troubled heart and bless you with His love. Show more Show less