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Hi I'm Michael

I was born and raised in California. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student studying acting. I love to read, and have recently begun doing some writing of my own. I've been writing some poetry and short stories, and have started writing plays and screenplays. In my spare time with friends, we write and film short movies and videos. I like to watch movies, swim, hang out with my friends, and when possible, hang out with my family. School takes up a huge chunk of my life, but I also enjoy running, working out, and dancing.

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was born into the church. I was baptized at age 8 and everything. I didn't have the typical Mormon family though. My parents got separated repeatedly, and eventually divorced when I was in high school. When you are born into the church, usually church is thrust upon you. I had to seek it out, and try to bring my family back to it. I am a Mormon because it feels right. The warm, light, inspiring feeling I get when I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the same feeling, and I get the same messages that gently push me to be a more grateful, kinder, and forgiving person. I am a Mormon because I was raised on the tenets of family, honest, and integrity. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints promotes those same things. I feel a sense of community whenever I go to church, whether it is in my hometown, where I live now, or when I'm off somewhere else in the country. The church creates a sense of community and kinship, and encourages its members to be kind and welcoming to ANYONE AND EVERYONE, regardless of their beliefs. I am a Mormon because I live in a city where broken dreams are everyone, and it is very easy to be alone. I don't smoke or drink like all of my friends from school or around me, and the church gives me comfort that it's ok to be myself and not want to do any of that. I am a Mormon because the church and its teachings have changed my life. I'm scared to think what kind of person I would be without it. I can remember when my family used to come to church with me, and I could see how it affected them for the better, and helped draw us closer to each other, and happily cement us together.

How I live my faith

I live in a place where hardly anyone knows each other, and a sense of community where you live can be a dangerous thing. Drugs, alcohol, and depressed people seem to be everywhere. I live my faith by making media content and being in productions that can uplift people and touch their lives. I live my faith by seeing how imperfect I am, and using Jesus and his teachings as an example for self-improvement. I try to be a kind and positive person who others can come to for help, or a bit of understanding.