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Hi I'm Mike

I am a Native Arizonan and lived most of my life in an electric wheelchair. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a quadriplegic from a high level spinal cord injury. I have no feeling or function from my shoulders down. I've been in electric wheelchair for over 40 years. I am married to a wonderful woman for almost 20 years now. We have two daughters. I love being warm and I am one of the few people who love living in Arizona in the summer! I enjoy classic cars, watching movies, going on walks with my wife, reading books, and using the computer.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was baptized into the church before I was born and I was raised Mormon. As I neared the completion of my senior year of high school, like my peers, I had the usual hopes and dreams for my future including graduation, going to college, getting married, having a family and a career. The course of my life and my future, though, was changed in an instant by a car accident. I had a spinal cord injury leaving me a quadriplegic with significant paralysis. My doctors told my parents it was doubtful I would live. This was a crucial moment in my life as I realized the high school things I had been focusing on were of little value if my life was over. In an instant my focus shifted to the following questions: Is there really a God? Is there life after death? The doctors were wrong and I lived. In facing my own mortality, I needed to know the answers to those questions. I found my answers through study, prayer and living God's commandments. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Since our church is a lay church I have had the opportunity to serve in many positions. I have taught both youth and adult Sunday school classes, but one of my favorite callings was teaching the 12-14 year old young men. This position worked in conjuntion with the Boy Scout program. Twice I was able to attend their summer scout camps. When you are completely paralyzed and unable to swim it takes a lot of faith to allow two teenage boys to paddle you in a canoe across a mile wide lake to a primitive scout camp. I love reading the scriptures. The Old Testament, the New Testament and the Book of Mormon all testify to me that Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that God knows me and loves me personally. I look forward to the resurrection and the promise of the renewal of my body, but I'm in no hurry to get there as there is much in this life to enjoy.