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Hi I'm Michael

I like books. I have a houseful of children. I'm an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married seventeen years and have seven children. I like to read and have been working as a mechanical engineer for eleven years. I came from a big family so the children have lots of cousins and family that they like to visit. I have lived in California, Montana, Colorado, Alaska and Arizona. I went on a mission to Germany. When I returned home my sister introduced me to LInette in Alaska. Linette had just returned from a trip to Europe so I used our common experience to break the ice. I finally convinced her to marry me so she came back to Arizona with me where we were married in the Mesa temple. We struggled through school and were happy to have children join us along the way. After we graduated from the U of A we moved to Gilbert for work.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer as to why I am a mormon is that my parents raised me as a mormon. The longer story is that I think it is important to acknowledge the example and help that my parents gave to me. My parents worked hard to share their gospel knowledge with their seven children. They taught all of us the importance of reading the scriptures, praying together and attending church as a family. Momand dad shared their values, testimonies and memories with us. I know now it wasn't wasy to get us all to church and get us to behave and remain calm enough to try to learn something. The fact that my mom tried every week proved to me that it was important to her. My dad also showed his dedication by serving in many time consuming callings, even after working long days to provide for all of us. Those are worthy Christian examples that I would like to give to my children. After I got my mission call I was excited, then I was nervous. Having a report date and destination made it all real. What was I going to share in Germany? What was my testimony? Did I really want to go to Germany for two years? 2 years seems like forever when you are a teenager. So I prayed. I recalled landmarks from my life. I thought of lessons from primary, young men, family home evening, seminary, home teachers, reading the scriptures, giving service, blessings, baptism, priesthood ordinance, beautiful times with friends and family that can extend forever if we follow the commandments. I had the Gift of the Holy Ghost for a long time. It had been teaching me, strengthening me against pressure at school, warning me of danger, thrilling me knowledge of the plan of happiness, and the beautiful world that our Heavenly Father has placed us. I had missed the obvious because it had been gradual but in sum I had a strong testimony that I could share with others. And knowledge that there was comfort offered to get through the hard times ahead. Because life is relentless.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is how I live - trying to be good, trying to help others, obeying the commandments, praying, worshipping. I attend church every week (3 hours). I don't drink or smoke to obey the Word of Wisdom. I pay 10% of my income to the church as tithing. Because of my faith, most of these rules are pretty easy to follow. They help me keep my life in order and able to focus on God. I try to align my priorities with the will of God and his commandments. This affects many critical things. Two examples: I served a mission in Germany when I was nineteen. I was a typical teenager and I wasn't dying to ride a bike around a foreign land trying to preach to strangers in German. However, I knew I should serve a mission so I went. We had children in college because the Lord said not to put off children for education or career. That also included getting married younger and only to a sweet girl I could take the the temple. Trying to live my faith leads me to attempt to be close to God through praying and pondering and reading the scriptures. I try to keep my family as the highest priority, second only to obligations to God. Living my faith gives me a lot of opportunities to give service to my family, to the ward and to the community. We do service projects together: cleaning, moving people in the ward, and sometimes providing dinner at the men's shelter. All these things help me not to be selfish, from getting up early to provide for my family, to being honest at work and providing the example of a believer, to behaving politely on the road during the trip home. There are many chances to choose something higher, to seek for those things are beautiful and praiseworthy. Making that choice to live my faith oftens mean not doing what I might want to do but I know that the Lord knows the things that will bring me happiness.