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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a sound tech, a voiceover artist, a studio musician, a missionary ... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Story of my life, condensed: I love music. A LOT. And I'm a more-or-less self-taught audio engineer. I tend to enjoy sticking in the background of a production, be it backing vocals or recording tech work, arranging or synth sequencing. From personal experience, using an audio workstation is like using the gift of the Holy Ghost. Start each day by reading some of the help manual (also known as the scriptures!). Chances are you'll learn something you're going to need. Also, learn from the experts. Alma or Ryan Tedder, Mormon or Max Martin ... study study study. A great sermon, a great final mixdown ... either way, they come from hard work. I love to volunteer to help with music projects. Sometimes I even get paid to do it! So my eventual goal is to do music as a full-time profession, probably a combination of studio work, live work, and sound for events (DJing would be fun). I served in the Mexico Culiacán mission from 2011 to 2013. I love the culture, I love the people, and I love to serve my Savior Jesus Christ by helping others. I'm also doing live sound tech as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois. If you're considering a mission of any kind, do it. I'm a junior in the Bachelor of Music program at Snow College, excited to apply all the live sound knowledge I'm gaining this summer as I serve in Nauvoo. And I'm excited to see what comes my way in the future!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, and many people say that being a Mormon isn't a choice if you're raised in the church. But I submit to you that my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based on personal conviction. I know that God lives, that He loves all His children, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know they have called (and still call) prophets to teach the world, and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses individuals and families.

How I live my faith

Simply put ... I live through service. I serve through music. I have been a Primary pianist, Priesthood pianist, choir pianist, ward organist, and assistant chorister in the wards I have attended. I volunteered to do session recording for a locally-written community musical and was the score arranger, assistant vocal coach, and pit orchestra for my old high school's Christmas 2010 musical. The song of the righteous is a prayer to the Lord, and I love it to death and beyond. (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12)

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Michael
For the most part, the young people in missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pay out of their own pockets to serve. Their families and friends also contribute to help them carry on this important work. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Michael
Jesus Christ's very life was the quintessence of service. He gave freely without expecting money or even obedience of those he was helping; even the most hardened sinner is blessed because of Christ's works. It stands to reason, then, that we have the duty—one might even say the opportunity, the blessing, the gift—of exercising our moral agency to do good without an expectation of earthly honors or compensation. Show more Show less