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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a soccer-playing, music-loving, picture-taking Mormon.

About Me

One word that describes me: BUSY!! Even though I'm just a full-time student, it feels like I'm always on the go. I've always struggled with finding free time. Whether it's doing homework, playing soccer, or playing music and singing, I've always got something going on. Being on stage is something that I've always craved. I've been singing since I could talk and been playing the piano since I could reach the keys. I've gotten to perform in various places and venues, including on stage at the Walt Disney World Resort and in New York City, New York. What blessings those chances were! I have been in several musicals and plays, most recently a musical called "Willy Wonka" in which I was cast as Mike Teevee, a boy obsessed with technology. I really belong to the soccer field. Since the ripe age of 3, I have had a ball at my feet. Just as in performing, I have had some great chances to shine in soccer. During my senior year of high school, I helped lead my team to their first state championship, earning a national rank of 2nd along the way. Recently, I have taken a liking to photography. One of my newly-found favorite things to do is go snap pictures of random things that I see while on hikes or walks. Being able to capture some of the miraculous things that God has created has really helped me gain a deeper appreciation for the world around me.

Why I am a Mormon

Often, I am asked why I am a part of a church that asks so much of its members. We are asked to live chaste lives, pay a ten percent tithe on all of our income, and abstain from harmful substances such as tobacco or alcohol. These requests are often very difficult to uphold, especially in a world where immorality, selfishness, and the use of such substances are viewed with minor consequences. However, the answer that I give to all that ask such a question is as follows: "I am a Mormon because it makes me happy." I have a testimony that the requests that the leaders of this Church make are put in place with our own happiness in mind. These leaders are called and ordained of God, and the President of the Church receives revelation from our Father in Heaven on a consistent basis. These are not requests of MAN. These are requests of GOD. He desires nothing more than our happiness, and He knows the destructive consequences of these and other harmful acts. I bear solemn testimony that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in its entirety. I testify that this church was reestablished on the Earth by the prophet Joseph Smith under divine order of God, the Father, and Jesus Christ. I testify that this prophet translated the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, and that this book is correct, the most correct of all other books. I have prayed about it, and I have received confirmation time and time, again. The restored Gospel is one of hope, one of pure happiness. This is what all men are searching for. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed with the opportunity to be in the leadership of my church here in Provo, Utah. It is my privilege to work closely with our bishop (similar to a pastor of other denominations) to schedule appointments and interviews for members who are in need. It is an honor to see how structured and organized The Church is, and I have grown an even deeper belief that it is truly Christ's true church restored to this Earth. I recently applied to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will serve for a period of 24 months in an area that I have, most likely, never been in before. While I am there, I will lend a helping hand while educating people about Our Father in Heaven's love for each of us and sharing His restored Gospel. What a blessing that will be. In preparation for this period of service, I have made it a point to live every aspect of my religion to the fullest extent, understanding that the greatest calling is to serve others. I go out of my way to make sure that everyone I come into contact with is a little bit happier than they were at the beginning of our encounter, even if it just means sharing a smile in passing on the sidewalk between classes. I try my hardest to make sure that I am completely honest with my fellow man, as well. At times, it is a difficult task, one that is much easier said than done. However, seeing Christ's example set before me, I know that I must be as honest as possible.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Michael
Just as in all other relationships that we have in our lives, the best way to get to know somebody is to TALK TO THEM!! You wouldn't go a day, week, month, year, or longer without talking to a spouse, best friend, or family member - God shouldn't be any different! :) That being said, it can be difficult to establish that relationship if it has not previously been there, or to re-establish it if you have already known Him. Prayer is one method of communication that He has given us, one of the methods that He has given us to come to HIM. Reading the Scriptures is another method of divine communication. Scripture study is one of the methods He uses to come to US. Additionally, the Scriptures teach to do His will to know His doctrine, or even to just know if He is out there. If you have been reading and praying but feel that you haven't received an answer yet, maybe you aren't tuned into the right station. By deciding to follow His commandments, it tunes us in to our Heavenly Father, clarifying and intensifying the signals and messages that He sends our way. :) Show more Show less