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Hi I'm Michael

I was homeschooled. I play the piano. I love computers. I'm studying Computer Science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on small farm: chickens, goats, dog and cat, large garden. Mom was in charge, because Dad often worked on highway construction projects out of state. I love classical music. I have been listening to it since before I was born. I tried playing the piano when I was young, and kind of failed. I was homeschooled. I started to read early and quickly developed a love of learning. My drive to explore brought me into computers figuring out how they work. At the same time as a youth I picked up piano again, taught myself for a while before taking lessons again. I am an Eagle Scout. In college I am studying Computer Science, though I also took Hebrew, Choir, and Information Technology (IT) and might study psychology. My student job is also in IT.

Why I am a Mormon

I was greatly blessed to be born in the church. I had the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ taught and practiced in my home. When I went away to college, though, I started to change and to doubt what I had been taught. I got addicted to Role Playing Games, and other things forbidden in our home, and got very depressed, and angry with myself and with God. I struggled for a long time while at school, ruining my grades in the process. Finally I decided to abandon my schooling and come home so I could get over it. After I made that decision things in my life started lining up. I guess it showed God I was humble and willing to do things His way. I got answers to my prayers. One time I read in the Book of Mormon, in Moroni 10:3-5, that if I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true He would tell me. I did and I didn't feel anything right away, but I kept on and a few days later I got my answer. I was coming back from lunch break walking into the office where I worked and it just hit me. What I felt was a powerful sense of God's love for me. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world, and that the Book of Mormon is true. I know it because God told me so. I have since discovered the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that "all our wrongs can be made up", or in my words all that is not right about life can be made right through Jesus Christ (see also Matthew 11:28-30), and we can be happy.

How I live my faith

I just came home from serving a full time mission for the Church. I served in the Washington Tacoma Mission covering the Olympic peninsuila in Washington state. I taught people of the Gospel or Good News of Jesus Christ. I know that true happiness comes from God alone. I don't just know when I go to church either, because I am happy all the time. It is because I am striving all the time to be better, and to live right like Jesus taught. Reading my scriptures like I need them, saying my prayers like I mean them, serving people like I really love them: these are recipes for a happy life. For I know God is real, and that He loves me, and this is how I know. If I stopped doing those things I would forget, and lose the happiness I enjoy, but I don't and this is how I survive from day to day with Happiness.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Michael
They will most likely start with saying that God is our loving Heavenly Father. They will talk about Jesus Christ and the message of hope he brings for everyone because of His sacrifice for us. This message is called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will talk about God's plan for us and how we can come and live with God again, and receive ultimate joy. They will talk about how following the example of Jesus Christ will bring happiness in this life as well. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Michael
A testimony is knowing in your heart that something is true. It is undeniable because it given us as a gift from the Holy Ghost which is how God talks to us. It is often composed of a lot of "I know that ...". The most important part of our testimony is our testimony of Jesus Christ. We also need a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, and that the church is true and that God continues to lead and guide us through His prophets today and by His Holy Spirit on a personal basis everyday. I am happy everyday because I know God loves me. This is the power of testimony. Show more Show less