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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a musician, a student, a runner, a wannabe bookworm, and a day-dreamer. All this, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently pursuing a BMA in Music Composition and Performance with a minor in Marriage and Family Studies at Brigham Young University - Idaho. It's my senior year and I still have a hecka long way to go. Because of my Dad's work in the Military and Social Work I've lived in many different areas, including my birthplace of Japan (which I remember nothing of), Maryland, Washington, Wyoming, and both sides of the gorgeous state of Oregon, the western side of which I officially and proudly claim as my home. I play the Saxophone, sing tenor in many choirs, write music for all types of ensembles (though I've never been good at the singer/songwriter gig) and thoroughly enjoy going to a symphony or chamber music concert. On the side I teach music theory as a mentor/TA up here in Rexburg, Idaho. If you were to ask me what my hobbies were outside of music, I would have a hard time finding something, though I am starting to explore literature and visual art a bit more. I'm tall, a goofball, light-hearted guy. I like people and love making them smile. Friends mean the whole world to me, and I will forever be grateful for the many friends that God has placed in my way.

Why I am a Mormon

Though my family has been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for my entire life, I still consider myself a convert to it. I wouldn't say that I ever full out left the Church, or even half-way did. Like most youth, my teen years were full of self-exploration and other typical phases of "growing up," whatever that means. I had - and have - friends in about every way of life. Ultra-liberal to mega-conservative, jocks to brainiacs, artists and readers, explorers and home-bodies, inner-city intellectuals to country simpletons, the whole nine yards. I consider such a wide range of social activity a huge blessing, in that I was able to observe how different lifestyles affected people. I served as a missionary for the Church in the Dominican Republic, mainly in the south-western side of the country. I saw first hand what the Restored Gospel can do for those who are willing to live its principles. It literally was the difference between misery and joy. I don't know if I can pinpoint a time where I 100% knew that the Church is true. For me it was a long series of small, almost unrecognizable moments, if you can call them that. Consistent reading in the Book of Mormon, listening to the words of the latter-day prophets, and most importantly living the teachings of the Gospel established my knowledge piece by piece, brick by brick, until I realized that I really do know, through the quiet confirmation of the Holy Ghost, that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. That testimony is renewed frequently as I continue to do the things I just mentioned. Occasionally I'll wonder what life would be like if I wasn't a Mormon. But every time that thought comes around I realize that this lifestyle - based on love, self-control, respect, charity, high moral standards, self-reliance, and integrity, would still be the best way for me to live. I simply am unable to find anything better that this big ole' world has to offer me.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Ward Mission Leader, and as such am responsible for the missionary efforts within my congregation of young single adults. My duties include coordinating efforts with both the ward missionaries and the full-time sister missionaries assigned to our area, as well as teaching the mission preparation class (which is among the most fun I've ever had in a calling.) I have a companion with whom I visit various fellow-members of our congregation. I have a lot of fun getting to meet new people this way, learning about them, and offering whatever service I can, which has ranged from providing spiritual comfort, cleaning houses, helping the moving process, or delivering lemon-poppy seed muffins. We help to strengthen each other in our faith in Jesus Christ and in our resolve to live His teachings. I think my favorite way of living my faith is best described in a song that members learn as small children: "I'm trying to be like Jesus." For me, that's really what it's all about. I make my fair share of mistakes just like everybody else, but it brings such joy when I am really trying to emulate our Savior, Jesus Christ. It's such a great feeling when I see other people lifted higher, their hearts cheered up, and especially to see them smile when it is hard to do so, and I want to be like the people who do that.