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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a father of 4 little kids. I love them each! I work as a software engineer at Microsoft.

About Me

I'm a student at University of Washington. I am working toward a Master's in Computer Science. I work full time as a Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) at Microsoft. I have a four year old boy, a two year old boy, and beautiful identical twin girls who are one year old. They fill my life with meaning, laughter, and are doing their best to help me build my character :). I am fortunate to have married the most beautiful woman in the world who treats me great and is an amazing wife. I love her with all my heart. For exercise and fun I like to chop wood (we heat our house with fire). I also like to fix things around the house and get praised by the little ones and my wife. I enjoy building things with lumber. We’ve built a fire-engine-bunk-bed, a big wood shed, and our next project is a sandbox/playhouse for the kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an amazing family that traces back to the first "Mormons" on my Mom's side. My dad's family has been Mormons for generations too. I'm the youngest of 11 Mormon kids who are all shining examples of good, loving, honest people. As a teenager I made choice to find out for myself what I believed. My mother suggested John 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I took this advice of Jesus to heart and was happy to study his doctrine and live it. As I follow Jesus Christ I have peace in my heart and experiences that increase my faith and belief in Jesus Christ. As a result of a lifetime of experiences, I know Jesus Christ is the son of God and I know that God organized this "Mormon" Church. I think this church has a special purpose to help prepare the world for a better way of living. I think all people of all religions are children of God and that God loves them dearly. I do feel like the Mormon church has some special responsibility as we have an abundance of knowledge about God and what this life is supposed to be about. I like being a part of that. The church gives me a unique oppurtunity to serve and help other people that I would not otherwise have or probably take. As a member of the church I feel loved by my congregation and understand that we are all brothers and sisters.

How I live my faith

I have had so many opportunities in my Church. They used to have me working with the young men. I would teach Gospel lessons on Sundays and wilderness survival on campouts. We had a lot of fun. I also got to run multiple basketball leagues for the church for Men/Women, seniors, and youth. Right now I work with the young fathers in our ward to help support them as husbands and fathers. We do lessons on Sunday and occasionally do activities like campouts and sports. We also run a "home-teaching" program where we visit each other's families and share gospel lessons full of encouragement and support. Through this home-teaching program we try and ensure that everyone is OK. If someone is having a hard time with work, illness, or really anything we try and help out. I love talking to people about my beliefs and often do at my job. It is great to feel really secure in who I am and to know why I believe in Jesus Christ. I am excited to share what I know. I was able to spend two years in Russia as a missionary. It was a great experience to give two years serving people in Russia. We got to teach the gospel, teach English, serve in hospitals, and orphanages. I really feel like as I share what I know about Jesus Christ I become closer to him. I hope to one day serve on missions with my wife once our kids are grown up.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is awesome. Like all God's commandments it only helps us. Let me tell you, if you are consistently paying 10% of your income it becomes a little more difficult to forget God or stray far from the church! Say you make $10,000 a month. If you write a check for a $1,000 tithing every month you certainly will either be thinking "I love paying tithing, this is a good commandment" or "is this really something I want to do?". Either way your at least "trying" your faith regularly. If you are not so sure about paying your tithing it is a great time to think "hey, why is this a problem all the sudden"? Tithing helps you avoid becoming greedy or wasteful and to not forget God. As a small side affect it funds the amazing work of the church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We deliver mail to our dear friend who lives across the street. He is 92 years old and has some back problems so we hike the mail a hundred yards or so uphill so he can keep from hurting his back. I helped my neighbor next door chop up 7 large trees that fell during a windstorm and helped him move when he sold his house. I also volunteer in my political party. Even though none of my neighbors are members of my church, we are all brothers and sisters right? I do think it is easier to help out fellow Mormons just because you see them at church every week and you know when they need something. I often wish my neighbors were Mormon because I think it would enable our street to do a better job of supporting each other. Show more Show less