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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in Utah. I have a doctorate in Bioengineering. I love being a dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an LDS family, my dad was in the Air Force, my mom was a teacher. My dad was fortunate enough to be attached to the Utah Air National Guard, so I grew up in Salt Lake City. I served a mission in southern Italy. The best 2 years of my life up to that point (things have gotten better since then!). I got married shortly after returning home, finished my bachelor's degree, then moved back to Salt Lake City for graduate school, and stayed there for my first job after I graduated, 10 years in all. We moved into a great neighborhood full of people that taught us about service, love, integrity, and christianity in the truest sense of the word. We had three kids during our time there, and I had the blessing of serving as the Bishop for 2.5 years. I got a job offer that moved us to Colorado Springs, and we found another great ward with great people.

Why I am a Mormon

My religion was initially given to me by my parents, and I didn't fully understand it, or know for myself that it was true. That took time, and the experiences of life. I trusted my parents, and had enough faith to keep the commandments, and pick good friends because it felt right. The first time I really had to lean on my faith was when I left for Air Force basic training right after high school. 17 year old kid from Utah, away from anyone that cared about me for the first time. After being at basic for 4 weeks, I had earned the right to go to church on Sunday. (The LDS wards met at a chapel a long march away from my barracks) When I went to sacrament meeting there, it felt like home. I only attended church there twice, but it was a comfort for me, and a realization that no matter where I was, my Father in Heaven knew me and was a constant in my life. On my mission, I came to know the Savior Jesus Christ through studying the Book of Mormon, and sharing what I was learning with the people of southern Italy. My mission president and his example of unconditional christlike love had a profound effect on me. I returned home from my mission with a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is, as its title states, the Church of Jesus Christ. Since then, the church, and the experiences I have had and people I have met in it have given me perspective that we are truly children of god, and that this life has a purpose.

How I live my faith

I enjoy working with the young men in the scouting program, and preparing them to be missionaries, husbands, and fathers. The aaronic priesthood is a tremendous protection, and learning laboratory for them at this very crucial stage of their lives. I have not always been the best home teacher, but I have repented and I find that I very much enjoy visiting with my hometeaching families every month. As a family, we strive to read a chapter of the Book of Mormon together every evening. We aren't perfect, but I notice a change for the better in all of us when we do so. The promises made to us by prophets about blessings coming to families when they study Book of Mormon are kept.