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Hi I'm Michael

I live in Colorado. I am an engineer (and expert witness). I am a father of 4 daugthers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of four beautiful daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family and seeing new places. When I am not spending time with my family, I am working as a consulting engineer and expert witness. I am a registered engineer in several states and specialize in insurance claims and construction defect litigation. Having my own engineering consulting company takes a lot of that time. I try to balance my time with other activities. These activities include outdoor adventures (such as hiking the 14,000+ foot peaks in Colorado) and indoor "adventures" with my family (such as music lessons and homework). I enjoy playing guitar and piano, playing a variety of sports, and learning new things about my profession. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mother is a convert to the church (as a youth) and my father is a fourth generation member of the church (whose ancestors where some of the first pioneers to cross the western United States). Although I was born with Mormon parents, the choice to be a Mormon is my own. I have always enjoyed attending church and learning about the life of Christ. I attended a religious university, traveled to Israel to see the places where Jesus walked, and even served a 2-year mission to share my beliefs with others. I do not recall a time in my life where I did not believe in Jesus Christ; however, my conversion came with time. After reading the Book of Mormon and regularly attending church and Sunday school, I developed an understanding of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After visiting and studying in Israel, I gained a much better understanding of the Bible and an appreciation for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Seeing the Biblical setting for Jesus' teaching was amazing, but my conversion came through a more subtle process. My conversion came through living the Gospel. By following the teachings of Jesus Christ, I came to know of their truth. Study alone was not enough. I am happy to be a Mormon because I see God's blessings in my life each day. Whether it is blessings for my family or business, I believe that God blesses those who serve and follow Him.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the teenage boys (or young men) at church and am involved in weekly activities and Boy Scouts. As a youth leader I help engage the young men to plan their own activities, learn about different careers, participate in sporting activities, and develop high personal standards. I attend meetings each Sunday (usually for 4 hours or more) to learn about Christ and exercise my responsibilities to help the youth program at church. Each week (on Tuesday night), we set aside time to get together as a group to do fun activities. Sometimes these activities involve sports, other times they involve service projects, and other times it is just to have fun as a group. No matter the situation, it is my goal to help develop a sense of brotherhood and friendship among the young men. I want them to know that church can be a fun place where they are always welcome and do not feel judged. I have also made a special commitment to help other people who attend my church (and have responsibility to care for two others families). I regularly call on these families and try to provide support, as needed. Providing this service can be very helpful to people who do not have family or friends who live close by. This was particularly true this past year when both of these families went through extended periods without employment. It makes me feel good to know that the church encourages the "Christian principle" of helping others.