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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Product Manager. I'm a musician. I'm a language-learning junkie. I'm a husband and father. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was a young kid, I was fascinated with gadgets. My Dad made me an electronic noise device when I was about four years old. I could push buttons and flip switches to make all sorts of sounds and flashing lights. This was long before computers and integrated circuits were available. A general fascination with technology, user interfaces, sound, and lights have dominated my education, career, and hobbies. I was born in the right era. I started my career in graphic design, and after ten years decided to return to college and study computer science. I discovered my new career path in software development, and have been doing that for fifteen years. I work for a major online retail firm in the Northwest. I took my first piano lesson when I was five years old. My mother really wanted me to learn to play the piano, but I refused thinking it was only for girls. She took me to listen to a man playing the piano...then I was eager to learn. As a teenager I used to practice 4 hours a day. Now I enjoy arranging and composing music, and occasionally recording in my small home studio. In middle school, my friends persuaded me to take a Russian language class. We learned Russian and Ukrainian folk dance, and performed at local school and church events. That ignited my interest in other languages and cultures. Learning foreign languages is a relaxing hobby for me. Family is the core part of my life, and supporting my wife and children in finding happiness is my life mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and always felt a strong conviction to be a follower of Jesus Christ. That gave me access to so much truth, but that didn't give me a free testimony. I had to seek that on my own, just like anyone else. When I was 19 years old, I decided to serve a full time mission for our church, like many other Mormon young men. It was during my training period at the beginning of my mission that I gained a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon. I know that book and the Bible are true scripture. Although I was born and raised in Utah, being a Mormon in Washington State is something that feels like home to me. I like that we live among many people who are from different religions and cultures. I have great respect for those who are faithful to their beliefs.

How I live my faith

I love to attend church each Sunday. I learn a lot each week, and it's great to share that experience with others. I like to help others find more peace and happiness in their spiritual lives and to learn from them. I've learned that reading the scriptures each day and praying to God with real intent helps me feel close to him. He has answered my prayers so many times. The most important part of my Sunday worship is taking the Sacrament. It renews my faith in Jesus Christ and his power to lift my burdens and forgive my faults. As I actively participate in this process, I feel the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost teaching me and reminding me God's love and his plan to help me return to him. Family is so important to me. I married a really great woman, and I'm so glad that our marriage is sealed in the temple. It is such a great feeling to know that we can be together after this life with our four children. I believe that sexual abstinence before marriage and total fidelity in marriage is the right way to keep families strong and to show God faith in the sacredness of life. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in how I treat my family, friends, and co-workers. I'm really grateful for Christ's atonement so I can repent and feel the burdens of my mistakes lifted. I also rely on the atonement to help me forgive others.