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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband and father. I work as an embedded software engineer. I enjoy sailing and biking and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend my days at work building embedded computing systems. I selected engineering as a vocation in middle school and have loved constructing and improving devices ever since. I met my lovely wife shortly after I returned from missionary service in Mexico. We have been blessed with two wonderful children. We have taught the children at home for most of their elementary and secondary educations. That choice gave us more time to be together as a family and to take trips and vacations when budgets and work schedules permitted. Some of our most memorable family adventures include the week we spent cruising the Gulf Islands in a sailboat and the 30 months we spent on foreign assignment in China.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of the church so I was raised being involved in the church and its activities. The church provided opportunities for us to be together and to share time with one another. My mother served as president of the Primary organization which serves young children. I can still recall learning to sing, listening to stories, and cub scouting activities all associated with Primary. My father spent years volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America and serving as the Scoutmaster for the troop I attended. I recall many hikes, canoe trips and sailing adventures in scouting with him. Dad spent several summers working at the local scout camp. My mother and brothers and sisters would accompany him, staying in a rustic cabin and participating at the periphery of the campfires and games. Throughout the time I was at home we met weekly as a family to plan our weeks, discuss ways to improve family life, and to play games. For several years my family would spend early Christmas Eve at one of the local malls manning the gift wrap booth set up for fund raising. Mom and Dad didn't believe that others should have to spend their holidays away from family so they made it a point of staffing the booth with their family. Working on Christmas Eve wasn't always what we children would have preferred to do, yet it taught me that being together is important and that we can be building memories and family unity even while in the midst of serving. After growing up in such a warm and nurturing environment it has been my goal to serve my wife and children in every way that they might be happy and grow to their fullest potential. I find that following the example that Jesus Christ established provides the best way to be truly free and truly happy. The church has given me the opportunity to serve in the Scouting program for my son. It has given me the chance to go on outdoor adventures with my daughter. Most importantly it has helped me to be a better father and husband.

How I live my faith

In the New Testament the apostle Peter describes Jesus as "one who went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). One aspect of trying to follow the example of the Savior is to emulate His actions in providing service. Participation in church has given me opportunities to serve in a variety of ways. I have been able to devote some time as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America. I was able to serve as a Webelos Den Leader, Cub Master, Assistant Scoutmaster and Varsity Scout Coach. I have been given the responsibility to teach youth and adults in Sunday School. I have participated in service projects sponsored by the church including painting and roofing houses, gathering and distributing firewood, snow removal, yard cleanup, and moving. I have recently been re-licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator allowing me to assist with communications in the event of a local emergency. Each volunteer opportunity provides a means to help someone else. That service helps me to put into perspective any difficulties I may be experiencing. The service is often performed as a family. Working side by side allows us to communicate and build shared memories. I have been able to learn many new skills and meet a lot of wonderful people though service. None of the service I provide is very visible. It isn't likely to have much of an impact on world affairs. It is simply my way of going about doing good.