Hi I'm Michael
I'm an avid reader, an Eagle Scout, an unyielding optimist, I'm currently serving a mission in the north of France.
I'll be honest; I never really liked writing about myself. But I always say that life's not worth living if you don't step out of your comfort zone every once and a while. So, here I go! I came into this world a bit earlier than I was supposed to. Three months to be exact. I was born with right hemiplegic cerebral palsy. To sum it up without technical jargon; my right side is weaker than my left side, and some of the muscles in my right leg are in a state of near-constant contraction, resulting in a limp when I walk. Of course, I wouldn't dare let that slow me down. I've been skiing since I was five, and have competed on a local Special Olympics team since I was ten. I got my Eagle Scout this past November, and love spending time in the woods with my troop, even if the hikes are a little difficult. I love to read! I personally like sci-fi or fantasy novels the best, but I'm not too picky. I'm also kind of artistic, in a sense. My pencil-and-paper drawing skills could use some work. But I love doing artistic things on the computer. I love to edit photos and have more than my fair share of editing program and apps on my various electronic devices. One day I want to go into computer animation. Or at least that's my plan right now... On April 4, 2013 I received a mission call from the Church. I am now preparing to serve a two-year mission in Northern France.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in the Church. Like most kids in that situation, I became a baptized member at the age of eight. At the time, I did it because I had been told for years that baptism was the right thing to do. Plus, I really didn't know otherwise. So instead of focusing on why I became a Mormon, I'm going to focus on why I'm still a Mormon. I'm still a Mormon because the concepts the Church teaches tells me who I was, who I am, and who I can be. The gospel as taught by the LDS Church states that before we came down to Earth, we all lived in heaven with a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It explains that we are more than just God's creations, rather that we are all his literal spiritual children, with the potential to inherit all that he has. It reveals that this life is part of His eternal plan, in which we were given physical bodies and sent to Earth with agency, in order to learn. He gave us a Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins so that we could repent of them, and whose ressurection on the third day ensured that one day all of us would be reunited with perfected physical bodies and have the opportunity to live with him again. The Gospel tells me I am here for a reason. To the rest of the world I may have been a victim of unfortunate circumstances. But I know who I am. I'm a son of my Heavenly Father. I have the chance to be all that He is. When I keep that in mind, it's easy to see why I was willing to get started three months early!
How I live my faith
I live my faith through optimism. After all, if God loves us, why would he want us to be sad? Sure, life's going to throw a few curveballs, but a smile seems to make things go over a little easier. So I choose to be positive. I choose to wake up at 5:00am for early-morning seminary (a special class held at the church building before school that gives us a chance to delve deeper into the scriptures), with a smile on my face. I choose to avoid things that don't match up with the standards the Church teaches, not because I feel I have to, but because I've seen the effects those things can have on my happiness. I'm always eager to serve others, and constantly seek for opportunities to make other feel the happiness I feel. Life's handed me my fair share of lemons, but with faith, a smile, and a little bit of elbow grease, I've learned you can make some pretty tasty lemonade.