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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 41, married to a wonderful woman and together we have 3 teen-age children. My oldest son is 19, a daughter who is 16, and a son who is 14. I love to golf, hunt, and watch my children participate in sporting events. My wife and I like to travel, especially to warm climates where we can sit on the beach or next to the pool and relax. Of course, we like to see and get to know the different cultures and people. I graduated from BYU in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and I am currently working on my MBA at Cornell University. I graduate in 2013. I have lived all over the United States, but I currently reside in Bothell, WA. Bothell is a great town and we love the community. I am currently working for a software firm selling 3d design software, data management, and digital manufacturing to Aerospace client's worldwide. I have seen many countries and met many people. We all have a different perspective, but we are all searching for the same things in life...happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (mormon) because God has given me a testimony that this church is his true church on the face of the earth. The first building blocks of my testimony came little by little as I got older, but since then, I have received wonderful promptings from the Holy Ghost that this church is the fullness of Christ's gospel on the earth today. Just like any other person looking into a church and learning about it's faith, I had to do the same thing. I investigated for myself the teachings; I read the scriptures (Both the Bible and The Book of Mormon) and most importantly, I prayed to my Father in Heaven to know what to do. When I seriously and intently did these things, the Holy Ghost told me in a way that I can never deny that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church on the earth today. Since that time, my testimony has been continually strengthened in the same way it was my very first time. However, the requirements to receive that enlightened knowledge from God have never changed...I still must study, pray, and ask intently to know the truth.

How I live my faith

I would call my family an ordinary American family. We strive to do our best in all that we do, but we don't always succeed. We struggle with the trials of daily life like anyone else. We have normal jobs, go to normal schools, and interact in the community like anyone else does. However, what I think makes us different is that we try very hard to make Christ a part of our family. We try to involve him in making important decisions and use his teachings to help guide our daily lives. We try our best, but it is a work in progress. My wife and I try to live our life in a way that anyone, regardless of religion, race, sex, or lifestyle would not feel offended by me. This doesn't mean that I don't stand up for what I believe, but I don't look down on anyone for their choices. How can I have Christ in my life if I don't show it. My activity in my local congregation (called a ward) is that of teacher of the adult class. I am responsible for teaching the doctrine of the gospel as taught in the Bible (Old & New Testament), Book of Mormon, and Doctrin & Covenants. Each year we focus on one of these books and spend each Sunday reviewing the lessons they are trying to teach. Although I was very nervous about my ability to teach this class well, I found that I was able to adapt and perform. I have served in many capacities in my life, but this is one of the most fulfilling because I have learned much much more than I ever taught on any give week.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are like any other group of people. We go to work, school, etc. We are very passionate about those things we are interested in. We have daily struggles like any one else. In fact, we are very much like many Christ-centered faiths in that when we put our faith in Christ, he will help us overcome our struggles and carry our burdens. I know this is true, because I have tested this promise. However, what makes us different is we have been given revelation from God to our Prophent (just like Moses recevied from God for the Jews). Our prophet gives us guidance and teachings that will help us steer clear of social struggles and pitfals. He also gives us guidance on how to be happier in our families. What many know us for is how he has given us a set of commandments that we follow that tend to set us apartt. We believe in keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, we don't drink or smoke, and we are not to have premarital sex. Show more Show less