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Hi I'm Michael Gallego

I live in Arizona and love spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful wife and we have 4 awesome kids. My oldest daughter is married and pregnant with twin boys! My oldest sone is currently serving a full-time mission and speaks the spanish language. Of my other two sons one is in college and one in high school. My family means more to me than anything on earth! As a young man, I developed a love for sports and outdoor activities. I spent years playing baseball and I love to hunt. Throughout the years I have been able to have success at both. As an adult, I have been a contractor for over 20 years and owned several businesses. This economy has caused me to have to "reinvent" myself and do everything I can to help support my family. I currently work in commercial solar installations as a project manager. In June of 2005 my life took a big turn. I was diagnosed with cancer at the base of my tongue. I spent the next 2 months receiving radiation and chemotherapy, and the following 4 months recovering from the effects of that treatment. My wife spent her time supporting and nursing me through this trial. It affected my family greatly and has forever changed us as a family. We were drawn closer though prayer, love, and the support we gave to each other. Another good thing that came out of that time was my love of cycling. I began riding to get back in shape and I now love to spend time on my road and mountain bikes. I love spending my exercise time riding and enjoying the beautiful Arizona desert mornings.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that taught me to have faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. My parents were divorced when I was 11 and it was a very trying time in my life. At the time, I did not realize that the failure of my parents marriage would one day lead me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When I was in my early 20's I met my amazing wife. For me it was love at first sight! We dated for a couple of years and were married. Soon after, our daughter came along with 3 boys in the next 5 years. As my children grew older, I began to think about what I would teach them concerning God and Jesus. My wife and I were having a hard time as a couple, mainly due to my choices in life. I had habits that needed to change and priorities to straighten out. It was about this time I began speaking about the Church with one of my good friends who was a member. I was impressed by the good example of a husband and father that he was and also the closeness they had as a family. I wanted to have that family relationship in my home. He answered many questions I had concerning the church and was a great friend to me. I began reading the Book of Mormon and loved the way it helped strengthen my belief in the Savior, Jesus Christ. The missionaries taught us more about the church through a series of lessons. He baptized my wife and I in March of 1996. I have had the blessing of baptizing each of my children. Through making righteous choices and baptism, I was able to overcome the things that were pulling my own family apart. The Gospel drew us closer together each day. It was very important to me to be able to make these changes so as not to have my marriage end up like my parents. Through living the Gospel and Temple blessings, I know that we can be a family forever. I am grateful for the Savior who guides this Church and teaches us through His Prophet the will of our Heavenly Father. I love the Savior with all my heart and I am grateful for the gift of the Atonement.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a leader over the young men ages 12-18 in my ward. They are such great youth and their wisdom of Gospel principles and courage to live them, is such a great example of faith to me. I love serving in the Church and have had many different experiences. All have been "sweet" and my family and I have been blessed for that service. I also serve my community through volunteer service and my affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. I have participated in Eagle Projects thoughout the years and have seen thousands of hours of measurable service performed for a variety of recipients. Being a hometeacher has been a huge blessing to me. I enjoy the opportunity I have to serve families in my ward that I have been assigned. When we serve others unselfishly, we are able to feel the Holy Spirit testify of the goodness we are doing. The Savior taught us this and I am glad I have His example to follow. One of my greatest hometeaching experiences was to see a friend of mine, who was not a member of the Church, baptized on Christmas Eve. We definately had a "white Christmas" that year! We do our best as a family to study the scriptures together and plan activities through family councils. Family prayer is very important in our home and we love having visitors join in when they are here. Paying tithing is something that I have a huge testimony of. I have seen the Lord's hand in blessings to our family time and time again as we pay our tithes and offerings. Attending Church meetings on a regular basis allows us to learn more about our faith and strengthens our love for the Savior and each other. Our ward is like an extension of our family and we love the association we have with the Saints.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Michael Gallego
For me my faith helped save my marriage. The teachings of the prophets helped remind me of the great responsibility I have as a husband and father. Our faith gives us the "common ground " we need when the world is constantly trying to break down the family. As I follow the commandments and do the things that I know are right, my faith is strengthened and also my love for my wife and family. I have a re-newed sense of duty to reach out to others and serve them. This has strengthened my friendships and created new ones that I treasure. I have an increased love of all my brothers and sisters here on Earth. My love for the Gospel has blessed my life beyond all measure. Show more Show less