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Hi I'm Miles

I'm very eclectic. I've been a sometime musician, collected reptiles, studied Kung Fu, I'm an I.T. professional and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved nature and the natural world. I've also appreciated beautiful things that God's children have created. But all the Leonardos, Shakespeares, and Stravinskys.. the very best and most creative of God's children and their works still pale in comparison to the creativity and creation of our Father and His Son. I guess that's why I feel so drawn to the natural world. I feel a love and appreciation for all animals, plants, ecosystems and habitats. But I've always had a special fondness for the things or creatures that are sometimes less appreciated or even maligned. Snakes, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, frogs, lizards, salamanders..etc. Some of my fondest memories and moments in life have been in observing, photographing and keeping some of these maligned creatures as companions for part or all of their natural lives. My current "companions" include a few tarantulas, a tiger salamander that eats anything he can fit in his mouth, a mellow maroon-striped Arizona Rosy Boa and a beautiful orange-pinkish Speckled Rattlesnake named "Peach." However, I am not a scientist or biologist by profession. I have had many diverse interests. My strongest natural abilities lie within the realms of music. Unfortunately I have not been able to really make a living off of my music or any other creative endeavors. Instead my bread-and-butter has always come from working with computers and in information technology support roles in corporate America.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon. But I continue in this faith and cherish the things which I was taught not simply out of habit or tradition alone, but because I have come to convictions of my own. In the end, the search for God and meaning in life is a profoundly personal one. It is a personal journey.. indeed the most important part of being alive. And though one may share in both life's trials and uplifting experiences with family, friends and loved ones, finding God and learning to recognize His voice, His love and His will in our own lives are things nobody else can do for us. I am Mormon because I have learned to recognize God's voice in my life. It's as simple as that in the end. I've often asked things of God in prayer and received answers. They weren't always what I wanted to hear. Sometimes God has asked me to do hard things that I would rather not have done (like, for example, serving as a missionary for the church.) But I have never ever regretted following the promptings and impressions that I knew were from God. In order to learn and grow spiritually, I have had to struggle sometimes. But these trials have brought me much closer to Him than I ever could have gotten without them. You might ask, "Why is being close to God so important?" My answer is this: When you draw near to God, everything in your life that makes it truly worth living becomes better. Your relationship with your spouse improves. You will feel a greater capacity to love, understand and forgive your children, your parents, your brothers, sisters, next-door neighbors.. even that guy who just cut you off in traffic.

How I live my faith

In order to stay connected with God, my faith, my beliefs and practices as a Mormon are absolutely crucial. Essentially, to lead a life filled with true and lasting happiness, I am doing the best that I know how to discover what His will for me is. I read the scriptures with my family on a daily basis. I pray regularly and often. I enjoy listening to MP3s of talks or sermons given by church leaders at our General Conference sessions held every 6 months. I keep a journal of spiritual thoughts and write down thoughts and impressions that come to me in the church meetings I attend. I serve as a Sunday School teacher to 12 and 13 year old kids in my church. I also serve as a home teacher together with my son where we visit other members of our congregation to help them with physical and spiritual needs. It is a very busy life. But I am grateful that God expects me to work hard and that the structure of the church provides ample opportunities to actively learn, love and live in such a manner that I and my family can find happiness and peace in this increasingly chaotic and turbulent world we live in.