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Hi I'm Mike

I am an aerospace research engineer and inventor and a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I were high school sweethearts. We now have a big family and value the time that we can spend with them. I feel like our family is our main hobby because we spend a lot of our free time together supporting our kids in the various sports and activities they are involved in or doing things together. I really enjoy the outdoors and have seen my kids really grow to love being outside in all seasons of the year. My whole family loves camping, fishing and snowboarding. All my sons have been involved with Boy Scouts and 3 of them are Eagle scouts. I have been an adult Boy Scout volunteer for many years. I like to work with my hands and have building furniture for about 30 years. I speak Spanish and am now studying Italian after having spent time in Italy on assignment for my employer.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's family have been Mormon since the mid 1800's but my father was not a strong member in living his beliefs when I was young. My mother became a Mormon when I was young and she has always taught me the principles of my faith. I remember when my father started actively practicing his faith again. He was a good man and was wise and loved me but he became a better man when he began practicing his beliefs. I came to the point in my life when I was a teenager that I had the opportunity to determine if I would follow and live the beliefs that my parents had taught me or act in some other way. I found that as I tried to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ I felt good, and good things happened to me. The more I tried to do good, the better I felt and after years of following the pattern, I have come to an internal assurance that I have found principles that are eternally true. Each time I have lived a gospel principle I have seen a good result, and more importantly have felt the calm reassurance that it was right and true and correct. Living the Mormon faith has brought me peace and satisfaction.

How I live my faith

In the Mormon faith, every member is given a responsibility in their congregation. Those responsibilities change from time to time as needed to support the members of the congregation. I have had many opportunities to work with the youth in various capacities, as a youth leader, a boy scout leader and teacher. My current responsibility is teaching and training the adult leaders that serve the youth in 10 congregations. I also help the youth organize dances and activities for large groups of youth so I still have the oppportunity to deal with youth on a personal level. I also have the responsibility to visit the homes of 6 families in my congregation on a monthly basis to talk with them about their families, give service and help them in any way they need me. One of the most important ways that I live my faith is teaching the gospel principles to my sons and daughters. We gather together at the end of every day and spend some time talking and reading the scriptures together. We also pray together every day, and I share my experiences with them. I have found that daily scripture study and prayer sustains my faith. I gain personal insights into the scriptures and my own life when I make the effort to study and pray daily. I find that my Father in Heaven gives me personal guidance when I ask Him for it and then take the time to listen carefully for His direction.