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Hi I'm Michael

I'm dad to three adorable boys. I love the great outdoors. And I'm grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, then lived in New England for seven years as student and young professional before moving to Seattle, where I met my wife. We now have two young boys; perhaps the single thing I find most fascinating is gradually seeing their personalities develop & find expression. I find marriage tremendously fulfilling; parenting is often joyful but also keeps me humble. I'm grateful to have found a situation in Seattle in which I can thrive: work that balances analysis & creativity, an engaging church community, and several fabulous nearby mountain ranges. Ever since (and perhaps well before) my first backpacking trip, I've always found time hiking helps keep me sane. Even when wearing a full pack (or carrying my 3yr-old) I never feel burdened while on the trail. Many times, experiences in the outdoors brought me closer to my parents & siblings, whom I still consider my best friends. My wife and I hope our boys will grow to appreciate the natural world and enjoy spending time in it with us, too.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both taught me the gospel and encouraged me to think for myself. In my early teens I began really asking questions, searching and praying to find truth. Eventually, as a fourteen-year-old I was answered in such a personal way, that completely convinced me Christ knew and cared for me. Since then there have been many moments--some quietly profound, some ecstatically joyful--when I've felt the influence of the Holy Ghost or realized some small occurrence was divinely intended for me. I recognize all the things I care most about in this life--my marriage & family, my inner peace, even the little serendipities that occasionally enliven a day--are tied to that spiritual realization I made as a teenager.

How I live my faith

The gospel stretches me in many beneficial ways. I'm not naturally extroverted, but our church provides many roles to teach and serve others, and I'm a better person for it. Parenting also provides many opportunities to choose to act in a more Christlike way. Instead of taking comfort in the things I do well, the gospel challenges me to do better things & develop attributes I don't currently have--and Christ's grace and forgiveness help give me the courage to try.