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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband, a son, a student, a musician, a collector of scars, a nerd, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the fourth of five children. I have three older sisters. "Chick flicks" were not uncommon in my home. I learned early on to open the door for girls, and how to respect them properly. I love music. I learned and excelled in playing every brass instrument in a regular ensemble. My favorite is the Euphonium/Baritone Horn. I participated in the Opening Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Marching Band. I am also quite clumsy. I have had multiple surgeries - some more serious than others. I have worked for a restaurant company for 6 years. I threw newspapers as a child with my family, from 8yrs old until I was 19. I like sports - though I'm nothing extraordinary. I met my best friend after serving a mission in the Philippines. A few years later, she took a big chance on me and agreed to be my wife. We got married in the temple and have been married for over 6 months now! She is the best! I am currently a full-time student. I am majoring in Social Science, with a primary emphasis in History, and secondary emphasis in Economics and Political Science. I hope to teach and train and inspire others for good in this world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised up in this church. My testimony was like a house sitting on hollow pillars for support. While my parents and their testimonies had laid the foundation for mine, my "hollow pillars" would not last for long on their own. I knew that while doing what my parents told me to was not wrong but trusting them, I still needed to seek out truth for myself. And so, reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover, for myself, to learn what it truly meant when it said "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" - that was what I needed to fill the "hollow pillars" with permanent concrete. That was what I needed to do to learn for myself and my children and my children's children. I needed to know my Savior. I already knew He existed, but I needed to know that He lives, and that He loves me. By learning that the Book of Mormon is true, that it IS Another TRUE Testament of Jesus Christ, I learned that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. And while I do not worship Joseph, but respect and honor him, I knew that God calling another true prophet was for MY benefit - so that I could have not only scripture, but a living servant called of God on the Earth to direct me on my path toward my Savior and true reconciliation. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Redeemer of the World. I know that He has called a prophet for us in our day and generation to help us come back to His presence for eternity. I know all of this because I took some time to read a book.

How I live my faith

I teach the young fathers anywhere from 18yrs old to 99+yrs old, although I have not yet had a class attendant that age. I also help coordinate the cleaning of our chapel and other facilities in the building such as classrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, etc., for the latter 6 months of the year. It can be quite difficult (it's a big building, and we all have lives, schedules, families, school, WORK, etc.) but it is definitely a holy building, and deserves our reverence and dedication and sacrifice.

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