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Hi I'm Mike

I’m a country boy from Montana that enjoys traveling and meeting people from all over of the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Montana, worked on my grandfather’s dairy farm, was a national football high school all-American and a scholarship athlete at BYU. I was injured my sophomore year and unable to play further but grateful for the opportunity. I graduated with a computer science degree and my sister has always referred to me a nerd in a jock body… I think that is a compliment? I met my wife at college, and we have raised 3 wonderful children. We have one grandchild and one on the way. I am a software engineer and my wife is a Zumba instructor; people are amazed when they find out that she is a grandmother. I love to travel with my family and have visited many countries on 4 continents. My favorite trip that was also live changing for me was to India. My favorite activity, outside of spending time with my family, is scuba diving. I love the weightlessness and peace I get from diving. I am taken back by the beauty, complexity, and danger of the ocean.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family with history dating back to the early days of the church. Some of my ancestors were persecuted and died because they were Mormon. Socrates once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." This statement was the catalyst for me to examine my life and beliefs. I had an overwhelming, strong desire to know for myself if what I had been taught was correct and real. After a great deal of study, fasting, and prayer I came to know for myself, through the Spirit of God, that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in it purity and fullness to the earth. I can truly say that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and this knowledge has given me peace and comfort during some very trying times of my life.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life and is who I am. My wife and I have raised our children on the teachings of Christ, the My faith is my life and not separate from whom I am. My wife and I have decided to raise our children on the teachings of Christ, the importance of seeking truth and light, and to the need to serve others. As a family we study the teachings of Christ daily through scripture study (Bible and Book of Mormon), and attend church weekly. We value education and learning and seek out formal and informal educational opportunities. We love to serve, help our neighbors and community. We regularly participate in community clean-up projects, disaster relief efforts, sporting clubs, and map our neighborhood programs where we meet as neighbors to prepare for disasters. I have served on a community health care ethics board awith other community business, religious, and health care professionals. I have also had the opportunity to work with young boys in both the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. I have also taught Sunday school for children, young adults, and adults. I currently serve as a Bishop in the church. A Bishop oversees all spiritual and temporal aspects for members and non-members in the area that I live. This gives me the opportunity to work with children, young men and young women, and their volunteer leaders in helping them learn about Christ and how his teachings will help them deal with the many challenges they face. I also get to work with other church volunteers that help organize and run various programs and activates of the church. This is very rewarding and something I do voluntarily without any financial compensation.