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Hi I'm Michael

I like math and physics. I like to speak Japanese. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am going to college studying acoustics. It may be nerdy, but my hobbies include deriving equations and doing "fun" mathematical analyses. I also enjoy hiking and spending time with my wife. I am about to graduate with a masters degree, and plan to go on and obtain a PhD so that I can be a professor some day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and grew up going to church. However, there came a time in my life when I realized that I couldn't go on being a member just because I had been raised as one. Being a Mormon is more than just a casual thing; it is a lifestyle. Since I didn't want to be hypocritical and claim to be something without actually being it, I decided that I needed to determine for myself whether what I had been taught my whole life was true. I studied hard and prayed to God asking whether the church was true. I must admit that at the time I didn't get a definitive answer. I saw evidences that the church was likely the true church, but no proof. Then I learned something I find extremely important. I was listening to a talk from one of the church leaders, and was taught that I needed to choose what I believed. That is the point of belief - there isn't a proof. I learned that in this life there is not likely to be a rigorous proof like they have in mathematics. I was taught that if I chose to believe, I would find more and more evidence that the church is true. If I chose to believe that the church was not true, I would find more and more evidence that it isn't true. But never a proof in either direction. I thought about the happiness that I have found by living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and decided that I wanted to believe that it was true. And ever since that day, I have found more and more evidence that my choice was correct, just as the church leader said I would. I now have a very strong belief that my choice was correct. The gospel has brought me so much happiness in my life. I cannot imagine how my life would be without the church, but I can't imagine it would be half so good as it is now.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to help those in my ward with their family history. I have learned a lot about my ancestors, and have come to realize that learning about ones past is important to helping one live well now. I get to share my experiences with those around me and help them learn about their family. I know that families are crucial to God's plan for our happiness.