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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Texas. I enjoy traveling to new places and having adventures. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy playing guitar and listening to a wide variety of music. I lived in Southern Nevada for about two years and visited Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon, and the Valley of Fire with my wife and children. We also visited Zion National park, San Diego, Valencia, and Tecopa Hot Springs. We loved visiting the China Date Farm in California and sampling the wide variety of dates they grew there. I worked as a firearms instructor while in Nevada and met many interesting people from all over the United States that came there to train with us. I have also worked the the construction industry for many years as an electrician. I have struggled through college as an adult while working full time and finally earned my Associates Degree. I would love to continue on to my Bachelors degree, but am taking time off school for now. I love doing new things with my children and sharing experiences with them. We like to watch movies, go to amusement parks, play our wii, and visit our library. One of our favorite places to eat is Raising Canes. We love their chicken and Cane sauce! I also love teaching them to cook and bake things. They try hard and pick things up pretty good.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a few months before I was born. I was raised in a Mormon home by parents who loved The Lord and loved their family. We always attended church every week and I attended Boy Scout meetings and went on campouts while growing up. I had a great scoutmaster and really dedicated youth leaders that were examples of our Faith that I looked up to as well. After high school, I move out of my parents home and did not attend church for a long time. When my wife and I were married, a Mormon bishop performs the ceremony, but I didn't really practice my religion, or any religion, for many years. Several years into our marriage my wife started investigation the LDS church. She meet with the missionaries and took the discussions. She decided to be baptized a member of the Church, but I was still very far from the Church at that time. After she was baptized, she faithfully attended church with our young daughter, while I did not. I was very selfish then and didn't want to change my life. One day the Bishop of our ward and another leader came to visit with us. They asks me if I believed in Jesus Christ and if I would attend church that Sunday. I agreed and went to church with my wife and daughter. I then started thinking more about our family and less about myself. The Church teaches us to think of others, just like Christ always thought of others. We are taught that our families can be together forever and I wanted that for our family. As I attended church and truly embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our family relationship became closer and more loving. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I love his Gospel and try to live his teachings. I know that through our Savior we may be forgive of our sins and return to live with our Heavenly Father and our families again. Everyday is full of new challenges and obstacles. It I know thought His strength I can endure anything.

How I live my faith

We recently moved to a new Ward so I have not received a calling yet. But I have always enjoyed teaching others about the Gospel. It helps me to strengthen my knowledge as well as share with others who want to learn. I try everyday to follow Christ example of charity and love for our neighbors. There are times when I get frustrated or feel down, but I try to remember His teachings and direct my thoughts back to more positive directions. I enjoy helping others, whether it's at work, church, or just in my neighborhood.