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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up and still reside in Mesa, Arizona. I love life, I speak Spanish, I'm a Sun Devil, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our family loves going to movies, play video games, play card & board games, go to the lake, hunt, fish, camp, go to the cabin, hang out with our friends, go to the beach, go on vacation, swim, ride horses, and go to sporting events, especially ASU sporting events. I work as an estimator for a drywall company. I'm a husband and father. We have a blended family, and try and show love and respect to one another.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon and sometimes that can be harder than finding the truth on your own. I relied on my parents testimony and their beliefs up until I was a sophomore in high school. I realized that my athletic ability was really good, and I might have to choose between going on a mission or playing college ball. I knew if I was going to spend two years on a mission instead of playing a sport that I loved then I needed to know for myself that the church was true. I needed to be dedicated to what I was doing and not regretting that I was serving a mission instead of playing ball. So like most people investigating something I decided to study, search, pray, attend other churches, find out about all religions so I could make a wise and unbiased decision. I was much like Joseph Smith. I was fifteen and confused about all the different things that were being taught. When I finished reading the Bible and Book of Mormon (6 months); I decided to try Moroni's promise at the end of the Book of Mormon. I didn't expect to see a vision like Joseph Smith or be visited by an Angel, and I wasn't, but what I did experience while asking if the Book of Mormon was true, if Joseph Smith was a prophet, and if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the only true church, and God's church on the face of the earth was an extreme burning in my heart and bosom that filled my whole body. The spirit of God testified to me that this was true. I did go on to serve a mission (instead of playing college ball), and while in the MTC, and in the mission field I gained a greater testimony of the above mentioned things as well as stronger faith, greater conviction to my beliefs, a stronger desire to be like my Savior, the knowledge that he is my Redeemer, and that only by him and through him can I ever have a chance of returning to live with my Heavenly Father again, a greater love for people, a desire to help others know God's plan for all of us, and this testimony gets stronger every day!

How I live my faith

I try and live the things that I have been taught, and try and be an example to my kids and those around me. I want people to desire what I have, and what make me always have a smile and happy regardless of circumstance. Even when times are tough I know that I am a child of God, and because I am a child of God he loves me and blesses me with obstacles so that I can overcome, grow, and become a better person for having made it through obstacles in my life with the help of my Heavenly Father. Our Savior had to overcome greater obstacles than we could ever imagine. Are we greater than he? Should our lives not be filled with obstacles and struggles to help us grow? Our family also volunteers at nursing homes and at food banks in our community. We contribute monetarily to charities that raise funds for providing needs to those that are less fortunate. We always strive to serve other people whether they be members of our church or not (most of the time they are not). We try and do what Christ would do if he was here. If we want to be like him then we have to act like he would if he was here. We also serve in our church. Right now I teach lessons to adult at our Sunday services. I go with the missionaries and help them with the people they are teaching. I visit two families within our neighborhood at least once a month. I go with a friend, and we always share a spiritual message with these families. If they need help with anything they know they can call us at any time to help them with whatever it may be. I help set up fun and interactive activities for the adults and families in our area. We always support events happening in our community and neighborhood. It could be a block watch, school, or church activity. We are always looking for ways to serve our fellowman. Friend or stranger. Member of our church or not. We know if we live by gospel principles we will be blessed and happy.