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Hi I'm Michael

I spent two years in Alaska serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the first born of four children. Both my brother and my sister were born with TAR syndrome which is an auto immune disease and genetically left both of them with short arms. The last of the four children is a girl and she escaped the TAR syndrome. I have grown up with a deepened understanding for those with difficulties. As 14 year old I spent several months in New York attending an international scholarship camp. The camp was designed to pull 60 boys together from all around the world. We learned and worked together. I have a deep appreciation for other cultures. After completing high school I attended the local university and earned a bachelors in Political Science. I continued my education at a different university and completed a masters degree in Instructional Science. I spent over 20 years teaching seminary to youth. Seminary is the study of ancient and modern scriptures. I am raising three magnificent girls with the help of my wife. Family is where I have found my greatest joy. I have visited several countries but find the United States is still my favorite. I have been in Russia, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Egypt, Israel, and different portions of Europe. I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and am currently disabled. I am a Mormon and it is within the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have found answers to my questions and the fortitude to continue on. I am a strong believer in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that partly belonged to the church already. My mother grew up in California as a member of the church. However my father did not join until I was five years old. My mother and father met at Colorado University. My mother always said that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) was the only church that would put up with me as a child. When my physically challenged siblings came along my father began asking questions which eventually resulted in a spiritual conversion to the church. I always sensed that my father was frustrated that I did not understand how important and true the church was. I guess I hadn't had to fight for answers to life's toughest questions yet. While serving as a missionary I had many occasions to watch and feel what the messages taught in the LDS faith did for people. In that process I gained what I call a sure witness that what I was teaching and had been taught growing up was rock solid truth. Many years have now layered experiences that have reassured me that a prophet now leads the church today under the direction of Jesus Christ to provide salvation for everyone today if they will but listen and follow. One of the initial sources of my confidence in the truth of the LDS teachings came from my experience with the Book of Mormon. In my mind there is no question as to the validity of the book. I can prove the text of the book of Mormonas revealed by the hand of God in so many ways. However the greatest proof is by the spirit of God and I have had that born to me on countless occasions. It is easy for me to see and say that the lives of people are more full and joyous when one is reading from the pages of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has helped me understand Jesus Christ better than any other written text. I affirm my belief that the Book of Mormon is the revealed word of God.

How I live my faith

One of the best thing I do currently is to be a home teacher. Being a home teacher means I visit people in my congregation each month to be both a friend and provide help where help is needed. I currently visit a single mother and her son. They are living with the grandmother. The grandmother is from Wales and provides insights with an English attitude. The mother is currently teaching secondary education to the youth in the counties youth detention center. One of them mother's sons lives with them and has just returned from a two year mission in California. He is helping me understand the power of Facebook in sharing the message of the Mormons. I also visit an international couple. I call them international because the wife is from Finland and husband is from Holland. They are delightful and spend most of their spare time finding records of their ancestors. They compile information about births, deaths, marriages, and family. By profession the wife is a nurse and the husband teaches French at the university. They both speak multiple languages. The wife is currently writing a letter in Finish to my friend who is serving a mission in Finland and trying to learn the very difficult language. I also visit with an older gentleman who has just lost his wife. This good man taught Japanese at to university students for many years. I like listening to his memories as he recalls time spent in Japan and Hong Kong. I enjoy listening to older people as they share their stories. Maybe this is because I am becoming an older person and like it when others listen to me. My home teaching companion is a good man. This man joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints later in his life. He and his wife are currently in charge of the local Family History Research Center where they help anybody find their ancestors through various records that the LDS church has access to.