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Hi I'm Michael

I started life in a small mountain valley. I now live in the suburbs and work as a software programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father first. I enjoy spending time with may family. I enjoy reading with my kids, doing homework, tossing the football, and watching movies. I enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking but we don't go often enough.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up around LDS people and was technically one of them. However, I did not take advantage of learning what it was all about. In fact, I avoided anything "religious". I did that until I was about 18. One day some friends and I were hanging out in Salt Lake and decided to go to the visitor center at the Temple. For some reason, I agreed to go. While there, I remember looking at an artist depiction of a man standing on a city wall while others on the ground attempted to shoot him with arrows. I asked my friends all kinds of questions about it. They told me it was a prophet in ancient times, somewhere on the American continent, before the coming of Christ. His name was Samual and he had been thrown out of the city but had come back to stand on the wall to boldly testify of Jesus Christ. Some people accepted his testimony and believed on Jesus. Others attempted to kill him with arrows but always missed because God was protecting him. There is still more to that story and it was all fascinating to me. My friends said this story was in the Book of Mormon and they obtained one for me to read. I took the Book of Mormon home and read it nightly. I was surprised at how interesting it was and how well it captured my attention. Part way through reading, I realized that this was indeed a work of God and it truly gave me a testimony of His son Jesus Christ. That marked a dramatic change in the direction of my life. It led me to change my future plans including where I would go to college. It led me to making a decision I thought I would never make, that is to serve a full time 2 year mission in Belgium and France at my own expense so that I could teach these wonderful truths found in the Book of Mormon and in the LDS church. After my mission, I found a wonderful, faithful woman who agreed to marry me in a temple of the Church. We now have 3 wonderful and faithful children as well. Thanks to friends who shared, to the Book of Mormon, and to Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I enjoy teaching and working with the youth. I help out with the Scouting organization and like to see the boys learn so many different skills taught in scouts. I like seeing the youth study the gospel and strengthen their testimonies of the Savior and strengthen each other. I attend church nearly every Sunday with my family and we probably do at least one other church related activity during the week.