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Hi I'm Mike

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I love to bow hunt, race triathlon and work with art glass. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in sunny Southern CA, moved to the the rainy Pacific Northwest when I was 15. Almost 35 years later, I have to say I really do enjoy the climate of the Northwest. I served a mission in Atlantic Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) in the early 1980's. After my mission I settled in Washington State, married my beautiful wife and raised a family of five children. I have spent the last 22 years working in commercial aerospace. I currently travel around the world helping airlines configure their large body aircraft. This has enabled me to travel extensively; Angola, Belgium, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, and South Korea are a few countries visited. I really enjoy experiencing different cultures and meeting people from different walks of life. I love the outdoors, and have spent the last 30 years bow hunting big game animals, deer, elk and black bear. In recent years, my sons and I have also started hunting upland birds, dove, quail, and pheasant. I also love to ride endurance distances on my bicycle, recently I have started racing in triathlons, and enjoy the challenge of the long courses. I am currently training for an Ironman triathlon, and hope to be ready for the 2013 St George UT Ironman. I enjoy working with art glass, everything from traditional stained glass, fusing, slumping and sand blasting. I am currently experimenting with fritography.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents became active Mormons when I was very young, so luckily for me I was raised in the church. As an adult I too have raised my family as active Mormons. I have reaped the benefits of not only a clean and healthy lifestyle, but have enjoyed the fellowship of good people who believe as I, that God talks to man today, as he did in the past. The heavens are not silent, the church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth after a long period of darkness, God speaks to us through a Prophet. Think of the benefit of that! We can receive advice for our times, our lives, through a living prophet. God also speaks to us directly, through honest and sincere prayer. I know we can receive personal revelation for application to our unique situations. Being a Mormon puts me in a category of people that are considered unique in today's world. I like that fact, it polarizes me, grounds me, and helps keep my thoughts and actions on the right path. My wife and I have been able to raise our children in the church, they are in turn now getting married and starting their own families. Each of them are making their own choices based upon their understanding of their place in the eternities. The beauty of the church is that each of us can find out the truth for ourselves, everyone can turn to God to know His will in their lives.

How I live my faith

The Mormon church is a lay ministry, which means there is no paid clergy. Each of us takes a part , or is given a "calling", which spreads out the work of running our church across the world. I have been able to work with the youth most of my adult life, and love it. I spent many years working as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout aged boys in our congregation and community. This was a very rewarding experience, and was great in that I was able to work with my own sons as well. I have also been able to help with many activities, from congregation sized social activities to large multiple congregation social activities. In recent years I have worked on Pioneer Treks, which are re-enactments of the mid 1800 Handcart Pioneer Migrations to the Western United States. Helping to organize events like these is very rewarding. My current calling allows me to serve as a member of the "Ward Council" or congregational council, which is made up of several leaders that help guide the work and activities of the congregation. This has been a wonderful experience, allowing me to get to know many of my friends and neighbors better. I look forward to continued service throughout my life.