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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Chicago. I served in Chihuahua, Mexico as a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being of Mexican descent, I felt that I had an understanding of the culture by growing up in a latino neighborhood in the inner city of Chicago. Despite this, I had a major culture shock when I lived in Chihuahua, Mexico for two years as a proselyting missionary. It made me more grateful for the roots that I have and the opportunities that ancestors worked hard to provide for me. I am a proud son of loving parents and have two younger brothers that I just love. Whether it's wrestling or playing video games together, it's always a good time. I am studying to be a History major now to eventually be a middle school teacher but not without some national service first. As a contracted cadet in the BYU-I Army ROTC program, the future is set to be in a military setting. I am ecstatic to be more exposed to that phase of my life and I consider it a blessing that I have the opportunity to be taught military leadership skills along with my general studies. The jobs I have had up to now have helped me learn how to adapt well whether it be as a cashier at a restaurant, a counselor at a Boy Scout Camp, or currently a community assistant at an apartment complex. Wherever I am, I always tend to have fun!

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries first visited our family in Chicago where we were taught the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was young at that time so I cannot say that I had a complete understanding of all the principles. In a way, I find it hard to believe that anyone of any age or level of comprehension truly can. I feel that it has to do more with understanding the very basics of what is being taught and truly feeling that it is true. It was a saying I heard as a missionary that people are not converted by what they hear but by what they feel. The message of the Church claims to be of the most spiritual importance in anyone’s life and it is only fair that the message be confirmed by a spiritual “feeling” or confirmation. Looking in retrospect, I am Mormon because I felt that it was right and I continue to be one because I see that my quality of life has increased dramatically since then, past anyone’s expectations for an average youth in my original situation and environment. Conversion is not an event but a process (True to the Faith) and I continue to be in it. I haven’t always been the best example of an exemplary young man but I definitely attribute the growth of my character to role models that shared my faith and to those that didn’t. Role models coupled with opportunities of service helped me learn humility and sacrifice.

How I live my faith

I am a big fan of just loving life. Every day is its own adventure and they get better every time. I am slow to anger and eager to accept challenges but sometimes tend to bite off more than I can chew. This is offset mostly by having some great family members and friends to teach me life philosophies I haven't figured out on my own. Apart from just being positive, I serve as a lay ecclesiastical teacher in my local congregation. After having such a great experience proselyting in Mexico as a missionary, I now help teach prospective missionaries on how to best prepare for two of the best years of their life. I also visit assigned members of my congregation each month to fortify their faith and offer service. Whether that just be throwing out their garbage or giving a ride to a bus stop, I do what I can to help!