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Hi I'm Michael

Volleyball is my passion. I'm a student, a son, a brother, an athlete and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Volleyball is my passion. I have played indoor volleyball for 7 years now and beach volleyball for 3 years. The summer after high school I got really involved in beach volleyball. Since that summer, beach volleyball has been my addiction. I play competitively in tournaments and my long term goal is to be a two time Olympic gold medalist. I'm a student. I've had two different majors, Kinesiology and Aerospace Engineering. I'm still not sure which I'm going to pursue, if either. My real career goal right now is to become a beach volleyball coach at the international level and start my own beach volleyball club. Possibly be an academic teacher if that fits in easily. I'm a son and a brother. My mother was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was 6. My parents began a divorce later that year. My father is now married to my step mom. My mother fought long and hard against the cancer and passed away 15 years after she was diagnosed. I'm my father's only child, but I've got two step brothers, a step sister, two half brothers and a half sister. I live at home with my parents and younger step brother. Everybody else is older and moved out. I'm an athlete. I've always been involved in sports from a very young age. I've played: Baseball, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, Wrestling and Volleyball competitively, and everything else on my own time for fun. If it's physical and there is a score, or it is timed, I'm in.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't a very religious boy, but I had gone to quite a few churches with my mother and the Catholic church with my grandma. I came into contact with the church the first time when I was 8. My sister, who was 16, was meeting with the missionaries and on Saturdays my father and I played ultimate frisbee with a group of guys from the church. I went to my sisters baptism and within one year we fell out of contact with the church. When I was 13 the missionaries knocked on my door. My mother, not a member, encouraged me to talk to them. I began to meet with them and learn about the church. During the time I was meeting with the missionaries, I felt as if I already knew what they were teaching me. Not in my head, since I'd never heard it before, but in my heart. I kept waiting for them to teach me something that I did not feel I already knew, but they couldn't. They could not teach me anything new because I lived with my Heavenly Father before this life. I lived and knew the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All the missionaries could do was bring the influence of the Holy Ghost into my life to help me remember. As I read and prayed the Holy Ghost testified to me of the truthfulness of their message. After baptism I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost to be my constant companion and teacher. As I feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life, through prayer, reading the scriptures, and attending church, I continue to learn more and more that Jesus is the Christ. He lives and loves me. Through his atonement and the ordinances of the gospel I can live with my family forever. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ again restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by becoming more like Jesus Christ through keeping the 2 great commandments: Love God and love your neighbor. I work on this by doing the small and simple things every day. I read my scriptures, pray, go to church, keep the commandments, make someone's life easier that day, and I invite others to come unto Christ with me.