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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a father, a musician, a scholar and a scientist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a military base in the western desert, and am the eldest of eight children. I came from a musical family and learned to sing harmony at the early age of five, and later learned to play the piano and the trombone. I began my studies at Brigham Young University as a music major, but switched after a couple of years and ended up with with a degree in Biochemistry, with a minor in music. I went on to do my doctoral studies at the University of Utah in Oncological Sciences. I have since been doing scientific research on basic cellular signaling pathways, especially those dealing with cancer. I met my beautiful wife while doing my doctoral work and we now have four wonderful children. We had lived for nine years in the eastern United States before recently moving back out west. I love history, reading, traveling, camping, and other outdoors activities. I love music, boardgames, old movies, and college sports. However, my favorite pastime is spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true!! No, really! There is no other religion that better explains our purpose here in this life, our relationship to God and Jesus Christ, the eternal nature of families, how we can learn to be happy in this life, and what happens when we die. These questions about the purpose of our existence are innate to all human beings, and I have found that these questions are best answered in this church. As as scientist, I understand the importance of experimental evidence in the pursuit of truth. An experiment helps us gain evidence whether a hypothesis is true. While God requires us to exercise faith in some measure, he also allows us to test the truth of his word by similar experimentation. I know that God answers prayers because he has answered mine. I have seen his power in my life after prayer in a way that to me is an undeniable answer to prayer. In addition, I have exercised my faith in God through living the precepts that God has put forth by ancient and modern prophets, such as those found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. By examining the consequences of living these principles, I know that these precepts are true. I have seen the good consequences that result when I am living these principles, and the negative consequences in my life and those around me when they are not lived. Therefore to me God's principles are primarily experimentally verifiable. It is true that God does not always give us all knowledge in order to help us to grow spiritually. But if we will experiment on the word of God, we will eventually come to know that it is true. This is the most consistent religion that I am aware of with respect to Biblical teachings. The Old and New Testaments teach that God's pattern for revealing truth consists of communication with prophets, who then tell his people, who then receive a confirmation of this word by individual revelation. God speaks to prophets in our day as well!!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my very best to do as Jesus Christ would have me do. I try to treat others the way I would want to be treated. Although I am generally shy, I try to lift up others who are feeling down, and help those in need. I try to serve others the way that Christ served others in his lifetime. I try to teach correct principles to my family, so that they will do the same. I try to focus on those things which are really important, such as family, friends, and other people. In short, I try my very best to be a Christlike person.