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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a baker and a full time student, majoring in English. I enjoy writing, public speaking, and soccer. I served a two year mission in the Anaheim California area. I am currently married to my lovely wife of three years!!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was sixteen years old I signed up to go to EFY, a weeklong devotional for LDS youth. On Thursday night they ushered all of us into a large room, dimmed the lights, and turned a broadcast on for us to watch. It was beautiful. There were pictures of Christ the Lord shown and people baring their witness that he had touched them. They said they knew he was the Lamb of God. Jesus continued to be displayed on the screen and the song "I know that my Redeemer Lives" was sung. I listened and watched half-heartedly. But something spoke to me, something so quiet and subtle that I mistook it for my own thoughts. Yet the voice I heard was strong enough to pierce me to the very soul. I suddenly had a vivid recollection of the kind of person I had been; specifically I remembered what kind of brother I was. I was the oldest of five children, and my dealings with them had been anything but Christian. I remembered that my mother had had a miscarriage before I was born. Idly I wondered what it might have been like if I had had an older brother. As frivolous as the thought seems, for an inexplicable reason I had to know. So I speculated. My older brother would be amazing, definitely the opposite of me. He would care about me to no end. He would be willing to stay up all night, just to hear me ramble on about nothing, because the insignificant things I thought were important would be important to him too. I looked up and there was Jesus upon the screen, and the Spirit fell upon me like a blanket. I felt the power of the Spirit then, like a thousand voices testifying that Christ was the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. I knew he lived and was aware of me, and because of this I knew my life would never be the same. The remembrance of all my sins was laid before me, and I felt like drowning. He was holy and I was unclean. The most unbelievable thing was I knew he loved me! Despite everything, he loved me! Thus I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Every congregation in the Church involves the children and young men in the scouting program. Currently my wife and I are Bear Den leaders for the 9 year olds.