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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Sacramento, California, I'm a scuba diver, a guitarist, a rec tennis player, a migraine endurer, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a student at Brigham Young University - Idaho studying Psychology but right now I'm taking a break from school because I have been suffering from chronic migraines and am on a search for a cure! I've lived in the same house my entire life (with the exception of my birth, a two year mission to Albuquerque, New Mexico/El Paso, Texas, and college in Idaho for a couple years). I'm the only child in my family but my neighbors, cousins, friends, pets, etc. felt like siblings to me! I've grown up loving tennis, the gym, and my family prefers spending money on vacations rather than fancy dancy appliances. Yo hablo espanol tambien y lo aprendi en dos anos! I grew up scuba diving with my Dad and a couple friends in Mexico every couple years but I learned the majority of my Spanish on the two year spanish mission from age 19-21.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but I never really knew for a certainty if the gospel of Christ was true for my self. I somewhat went off of those around me that were strong members and the beliefs that they had. But one day, when I was 19 years old, I was in a missionary training center to learn how to officially become a missionary (one of those 20 year old guys you see out walking or on bikes with white shirts and ties, and wearing black name tags). I knelt in prayer one night and needed to know for myself that I wanted to be a Mormon aka a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After kneeling in prayer to God and paying attention for several minutes to any type of answer one could receive, I felt something. It was strong but suddel all the same. I knew that I was in the right place at the right time, I, MYSELF, wanted to be a member of Jesus Christ's church on this Earth and I knew because God told me that September night around 10:15 pm. Ever since that very night, I've had numerous spiritual experiences and have seen miracles that have reaffirmed my strong personal belief in this gospel and I truly want the whole world to know and feel how I personally feel. But I don't want anyone to simply take my word for it, I encourage any individual to read even just a bit of the Book of Mormon, ponder it in your heart and mind, and pray about it to God, your loving Father in Heaven who knows you by name, and ask if its true and right for you. As for me, I know without a doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ is my Saviour and he has called a living prophet like Moses, Adam, Isaiah, etc. who lives and guides us with 12 newly called apostles like the original church of Christ from the Holy Bible, which I also study and adore.

How I live my faith

I am far from perfect and in this life, I will never reach perfection but through the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I try and set goals to improve different aspects of my life to be more like him. I try to observe people who I really admire and look up to and learn from them. In my opinion, I really believe that you can learn at least something from everyone and everything. Obviously sometimes we learn what NOT to do, depending on the circumstances, but if we pay attention, we can learn and apply SOMETHING in every scenario of life! Some of the people I've learned the most from in the past have shown truth to the saying that says "Be a good example, teach, and if necessary use words." I also am a firm believer that almost every religion has some truth! I enjoy studying the Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Catholic doctrine, Lutheran doctrine, etc. and each church has some truth to it and those truths allow us to grow closer to God. I really want to travel the world someday and meet different famous individuals like the Dahli Lama, attend a ceremony at St. Peter's square at the Vatican, see the Sikh Golden Temple in India, etc. One of my main goals in regards to "living my faith" is to be able to have the courage to share what I know and love to those I know and love as well as to the public. I'm still definitely working on it but I hope everyone will pitch in and have a similar goal, it will bring us all a ton of joy!