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Hi I'm Michael

I'm an outdoorsman, I'm a student, I have 100 years to live, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, but moved to Ohio when I was 11. I'm currently a Junior at Brigham Young University, studying Construction and Facilities Management. I love the outdoors: hiking, camping, boating, swimming, walks in the park - they're all my favorite things. Whether with my friends, my family, my fiance, or on my own I do my best to live each moment to its fullest because for me it the simple things in life are what matter most. They say the story of a lifetime is made up of each and every small moment that we live, and I agree. It doesn't matter what our interests, hobbies, or talents are so long as we use those gifts to make for ourselves a lifetime of memories that will bring us closer to our Savior. Being different is what makes us special, and our individuality is one of God's greatest gifts to us. My experiences are different from yours, yet we can still understand one another and use what we have learned individually to strengthen each other together. That said, here is a little about me:

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Utah. My parents were Mormon. My grandparents were Mormon. Most of my great-grandparents were Mormon. I guess you could say Mormonism is a tradition in my family; but that's not why I'm a Mormon. I was never one to follow the status-quo. If I don't believe in doing something with every fiber of my being, I won't do it - it's who I am. It wasn't until my family moved to Ohio that I learned why I'm a Mormon. In moving across the country, I suddenly went from being one of a thousand Mormons in my school to being, literally, the only Mormon in my school. I had to learn quickly how to answer questions and to stand up for my religion. When someone had a question I couldn't answer, I had to go home and study it out. When someone wanted me to do something I knew wasn't right, I would have to say "no" and explain that it was because I am a Mormon. I guess you could say that I found my faith when I had to stand up for it. Now, years later, I'm still a Mormon. I've studied and prayed and I know it is true. Jesus Christ is my Savior, Lord, and King. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Bible. The two come together to complete each other; they are proof that God speaks to man in this day and age and that He is inviting us all to come unto Him and to partake of His many blessings. I know through personal experience that through Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice, we can all become clean so we don't have to worry about our future and have a fullness joy in this life that only He can bring. I know that you can know it too, if you read the book and pray to God with faith and real intent just like I did. He can answer your prayers, because He has answered mine. This is my testimony of my Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel He teaches us. I know it is true and as one of His disciples it is my pleasure to proclaim it to the world. I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My favorite song of all time is "100 Years" by Five for Fighting. It talks about how we only have a hundred years to live, so we need to use every moment we have. That is how I live my life - not a moment wasted, no regrets. Life is too short to spend it worrying about tomorrow or trying to forget the past. My faith in my Savior Jesus Christ has allowed me to overcome my fears and worries. I know that because of His love for me and His atoning sacrifice on my behalf, I don't have to worry what tomorrow will bring, because I know that everything will be alright and I will be ready for it if I do my part. Hence, I live every day to its fullest, and do what I can to serve others so they can have the same joy I feel. I learned this while serving as a full-time missionary in Arcadia California. My call was to help others come to Christ and know Him as I know Him. It is and has been my greatest joy. The Book of Mormon says, "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17). I know that to be true. When I was 16, I organized a food drive to help the people of Licking County, Ohio. Over the course of two weeks, the drive brought in over 4,000 lbs. of food. It was a lot of hard work for someone my age, but I had never felt so close to my Redeemer before. That food drive changed my life and the way I look at serving others. Time spent in faithful service to those in need is never time wasted. As you help others to learn and grow, you learn and grow yourself. What I'm trying to say is, even though we only have 100 years to live, we shouldn't worry our days away. We need to get out and live every moment like it's our last, because we never know when our time will come; but I know that if we spend our time wisely, we'll be ready for that time when it does come, and we will have no regrets when we meet our Maker.

What is faith?

The Apostle Paul said, "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Likewise, the great missionary Alma said, "if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21). Faith is one of the most important aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Simply put, it is believing something is true. We do things daily, hoping they will work, but not seeing the end result until we've already done it. We set our alarm at night, hoping it will go off in the morning. We turn on the faucet, hoping water will come out. We flip the light switch, hoping the light will go on. These are all acts of faith. Our faith in Jesus Christ is no different from this. We say our prayers and go to church, spend our time serving others, all because we believe or hope that He is watching and will respond. Christ can do nothing for us if we don't believe in Him. Hence, there are so many who do not see Christ in their lives. He is there, though, and only asks that we exercise even a particle of faith. If we do, He promises to pour blessings upon us and do everything He can to help us. This is why faith is so important. Show more Show less