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Hi I'm Michael

I have lived in Northern Virginia for the past 20 years. I am an architect. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy the outdoors in all aspects, camping, fishing, hiking, going to the beach. I enjoy target shooting. I love to golf - though I do not have enough time to improve my handicap. I am a licensed architect and enjoy drawing, building and creating. I enjoy working on projects and crafts with my children. I have four children ranging in ages 10 to 24 years old. I am a backyard mechanic. I am most proud of and enjoy my family. I have recently become a grandpa (Opa) - it is a bit hard adjusting to the idea I am getting older. I enjoy serving others and helping when I have the opportunity to do so.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ simply due to my upbringing and example of my parents and other church members. As a teenager I began to question the things I had been taught, not in disagreement but to learn for myself if these teachings and doctrines were true. As a young adult I prayed and studied and sought out a sincere and true understanding of the teachings I was raised in. I gained a testimony through the witness of the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was indeed what it proclaimed - the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ along with the authority and saving principles necessary to progress through this life. I have a testimony of the mission and role of Joseph Smith in the restoration of the Lords church. I have a testimony that today we have a Prophet of God who communes with God and leads and guides under the Saviors direction this church, even the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently have the opportunity to be serving as the bishop of my ward. With this responsibility and sacred privilege to hold authority in the priesthood to oversee and administer to the members of my ward family I have found great joy and happiness. I am impressed with the youth in the church in this day, they are so much stronger and faithful than I recall the youth being when I was that age. I strive to live my life in such a manner that there is no question in my honesty, integrity, lifestyle or other characteristics that are contrary to a follower of Jesus Christ. I have had the opportunity for the past few years of coordinating a Day of Service - which includes three LDS congregations and hopefully other faiths and community organizations to serve the people in our community. This day of service will occur in conjunction with the state of Virginia's day of service as recognized by the Governor of Virginia. In fact all LDS wards across the state will participate in one way or another within their respective communities.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! We believe and accept the Holy Bible as the word of God. We view it as a witness and testimony of the life of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer found in the New Testament and a valuable and inspired resource of Gods dealings with man from the time of Adam found in the Old Testament. We also recognize it for its rich value in teachings and principle and doctrines of our Father in Heaven. The Holy Bible combined with the Book of Mormon provide two witnesses to the world of the mission of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less