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Hi I'm Michael

I am a husband and father. I like to play sports, build furniture, and read political biographies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the midwestern United States, the third of six children. I grew up playing sports, mostly basketball, baseball, and tennis, but I also spent much of my spare time reading. I majored in history at Brigham Young University, and I spent two years as a missionary in Moscow, Russia. After returning from Russia, I spent a semester studying in Washington D.C., where I met my wife. We were married in the temple, and we moved to New England a year later so that I could attend law school. I am now a practicing attorney, and my wife is a full-time mother. We currently have three children. My work and family responsibilities leave me little time for hobbies, but I usually have a book or two on hand that I am reading. One of my recent reads was a fascinating two-volume biography of Winston Churchill. I have also recently started building furniture in my basement (bookcases, Adirondack chairs, etc.). Mostly, though, what I love to do when I am not working is to spend time with my family. We hike, camp, and ride bikes together, and we also read books (our current project is the "Little House" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder) and play board games as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I firmly believe that it is the Lord's one true Church. As I try to follow the Savior, I feel closer to Him and know that He is accepting my efforts to serve Him. Though I fall far short of perfect obedience, I have found lasting peace and happiness from striving to follow the teachings of the Lord's servants, both ancient and modern. Additionally, through prayer and persistent study of the scriptures, I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm that Jesus Christ is the Savior and that He is at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Time and again I have felt the Holy Spirit reveal that the Savior's priesthood authority has been restored to the earth, that the fulness of His gospel is contained in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and that the Savior guides His Church through a living prophet.

How I live my faith

The scriptures are a central part of how I live my faith. As a family, we read from the scriptures in the morning and the evening. These sessions are geared toward our children. In addition, I try to read the scriptures on my own for thirty minutes each day. Recently, the best time for this has been on the train, so I study The Book of Mormon on my way to and from work. Another way I live my faith is to keep the Sabbath Day holy. I make it clear at the office that I do not work on Sundays for religious reasons, and I spend the day at Church and with my family. We avoid television, sporting events, and shopping on Sundays, and it is by far the best day of our week.

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. I believe that He died for the sins of the world, was resurrected, and that salvation is only possible by and through Him. I try to follow the Savior's teachings and pattern my life after His. I consider myself a Christian. I am also a Mormon, or, in other words, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

The scriptures teach us that God, our Father, is a merciful God who loves His children, and also that salvation comes only in and through Jesus Christ. These two truths would conflict with each other if there was no way for people to accept Jesus Christ after this life. Consider that millions of people lived and died hundreds or thousands of years before Jesus Christ's birth. God would not be merciful and loving if he cast them off forever for failure to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. But God cannot break eternal laws-if so, He would not be God-so He cannot allow such people to achieve salvation unless they do accept Jesus Christ and follow Him into the waters of baptism. To solve this problem, God, unsurprisingly, has given us a perfect solution. He has provided a way for those who did not have a chance to follow the Savior in this life to receive all the promised blessings of salvation. When someone who has died is baptized by proxy in a temple, that person, whose spirit is very much alive, has the opportunity to accept the baptism and thereby enjoy all of the blessings of following the Savior that he or she would have received if given the opportunity to learn about Him in this life. Thus, God shows His mercy and love to all of His children, without going back on His word that salvation comes only by and through the Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less