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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a husband and father of nine children. I enjoy cooking, reading and exercise. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a semi-rural community in Idaho. I am the oldest of three in my family and the only boy. Idaho was a great place to grow up, but I'm afraid it's too cold for me to imagine living there again. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with bachelor and master degrees in accounting. I'm the fortunate husband of an amazing, wonderful woman and the proud father of nine (no, that's not a typo :)) children. I'm currently the VP of Finance for a growing technology company, which keeps me extremely busy. The past few years I have become interested in cooking. I guess you could say its a hobby of mine. I cook mostly on the weekends. I think it's a creative release for me, which is probably a good thing since my job duties allow me to be that creative at work. I enjoy cooking dishes that are made from scratch and, unfortunately, are usually not the most healthy. But it's fun and the end result is so enjoyable! I also enjoy regular exercise, but I mostly do it so I can get away with eating some of the less healthy foods I love. While I work hard at my chosen profession, I am at heart a family man. Nothing is more important to me than my family. This includes not only my wife and children, but my extended family and in-laws. At the end of the day, I believe that the relationships we have are more fulfilling and contribute to more happiness than anything else our lives. I am grateful to know that I can be with my family forever, not just in this life.

Why I am a Mormon

Faith--or a testimony of truth-- ultimately is a very individual thing. It's true that faith is built and shared among people seeking to follow God's will and come closer to Christ. However, a person's faith and testimony ultimately has to come from within themselves. In other words, I couldn't simply rely on the testimony of my Mormon parents, or anyone else, to provide me with the faith and understanding I needed to live the teachings of the Mormon church any more than I could rely on another's health for my own health. You just can't live on borrowed light. So, I took the steps necessary to find out for myself if the Mormon church was Christ's own restored church. I read and studied the Book of Mormon. I prayed to Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon is true--if it was the word of God as revealed through His chosen prophets from long ago. I felt the feelings of peace that the Holy Spirit brings as I prayed and lived the teachings of the Book of Mormon. I also received the confirming witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to help restore Christ's ancient church in our day. My testimony of these two truths is the foundation of my testimony that the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints--the official name of the Mormon church--is Christ's church on the earth today. I found this out for myself, and so can you. I believe with all my heart that the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints is Christ's restored church on the earth today. I am a Mormon because I believe in the Plan of Salvation--also known as the Plan of Happiness--which teaches me who I am, where I come from, why I'm here, and what happens after I die. I am Mormon because of the PEACE it brings to me. I am Mormon because of the HAPPINESS and PERSPECTIVE it brings to my life. I am Mormon because it provides me with HOPE and UNDERSTANDING. Being a Mormon gives me understanding that through Christ I can receive forgiveness and be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith means more than going to church once a week. Living my faith is something I strive to do all the time. To me, living true to your isn't measured only by what you do, but also who you are. I strive to live my faith by being thoughtful of others. Christ taught "... Thou shalt love the Lord the God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself." (Matthew 22:37-39) I believe we are all brothers and sisters with the same loving Heavenly Father. I know the Lord expects me to treat others with kindness and love. Living my faith means turning away from my own selfish desires and focusing on helping others--whether they share my faith or not. At its core, I believe living my faith means giving selfless service to others and helping others feel the joy and peace that comes from following the teachings of Christ. I try to serve others first and foremost by being a loving husband and father. A Mormon prophet once said, "No success in life can compensate for failure in the home." (David O McKay) I know that no matter what I do in regards to my career or other endeavors, even though they may be good, that my roles as a husband and father are most important. I strive to live my faith by serving and loving my family. I also live my faith by working with young men (ages 12 to 18) that are members of my local church congregation. I work directly with them to help them know that the Lord loves them and what He expects of them. My focus is to help these young men avoid many of the pitfalls and problems that so many youth face in the world today and to help them progress in their personal and spiritual development as they prepare to be devoted husbands and fathers themselves. In summary, I live my faith by striving to be a disciple of Christ, demonstrating my faith in him through acts of service and love.