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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a blessed husband of nearly 30 years, father of 4 fantastic children, and a Silicon Valley resident. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to come from pioneer stock and have received a great heritage of faith. After graduating from high school in Utah, I served a mission in Taiwan and attended BYU where I met my wife. We lived in Virginia where I worked as a patent examiner and completed law school. Afterward, we moved to California where we have raised our family of 4 children. I am a patent attorney involved in patent procurement. Besides being a proud father, I play recreational basketball and enjoy televised sports, Turner Classic Movies, chess and classical music. I am passionate about constitutional limited government. My favorite movie is Hook. In order to fly, Peter must think a happy thought. For me, that happy thought is the birth of our first son, the oldest of our children. To the extent there is magic among us, it is brought by children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have tasted of the fruits of the gospel and know that they are sweet. The family is the source of true and lasting happiness. The most successful families are founded on the principles set forth in The Family, A Proclamation to the World, announced by the prophet and president of the church Gordon B. Hinckley in 1996. How the world needs the profound truths set forth in this prophetic document! I love The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is primarily a religious history of a people led from the Old World (Jerusalem) to the New World, covering a period of about 1000 years (600BC to 400AD). My invitation is to experience your own Mormon moment straight from the source. The principles found in the Book of Mormon are like pure, refreshing water in a parched age. By reading the Book of Mormon and seeking divine inspiration, you will come to know, either for the first time or even more strongly, that: God lives. Life is deeply meaningful. With Jesus Christ's help (or through His grace) we can become truly good people. You will also come to know where and how you can share in "the joy of the saints" described at page 466 (vv. 15-18) of the Book of Mormon and elsewhere. You can learn more on the web at mormon.org or lds.org, and can use the "Meetinghouse Locator" to find a meeting place near you. As you read the Book of Mormon, I recommend starting at the book of Mosiah (page 145). Read through the end of the last book, the book of Moroni. Then read Moroni again, paying special attention to its teachings about the spirit of God, or the Holy Ghost. Then go back to page 1 and read up to your starting point of Mosiah. (The headnotes of some chapters will refer to Isaiah, a book of the Bible. If you find these chapters difficult, feel free to skip ahead.) As you seek to draw closer to God, this great book will begin to bless your life and you will feel of its truthfulness. Be true to these feelings of truth!

How I live my faith

The two great purposes of our lives are to overcome and to bless. Some must overcome privation. Others must overcome ease. Regular participation in church, reading scripture regularly enough to gain an appreciation of God's word, and praying with a sincere heart, with real intent have helped me to avoid and to overcome many challenges that I know would otherwise have been difficult to overcome. I am grateful for the way provided by our savior Jesus Christ for us to overcome the effects of sin. The church provides a guide for us to serve and bless the lives of our families and a vehicle to serve and to bless the lives of others. It gives us a special opportunity to "bear one another's burdens, that they may be light." I have been especially grateful for teaching opportunities with children and with the young men of the church. I was especially blessed by outstanding examples by men serving me when I was a young man in the church. They were lights, not critics. The light that shone through them pointed to Jesus Christ, the source of every good thing.