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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a student, an athlete, and missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the kind of person who loves all sports, from soccer to ping pong. I played soccer and golf in high school, and loved getting the opportunity to lead my teams. I just recently got my mission call, and I am so excited to serve the lord in that way. In high school I had the opportunity to do a program called "Running Start" so I was able to get my associates degree at the same time as my high school diploma, and as a result of hard work I am able to attend my choice college upon my return from the best 2 years. I love to play video games, as well as be outside, I try and find the best of both worlds. As for now I am just excited to go on my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I chose to be one. That is a phrase not always heard from the mouths of members who were born into the church. When I was born, both of my parents were, and still are, members of the church. When I was young I came because my parents said "lets go its time for church." Now however, as a teenager they still say that but I always have had the ability to say no. There are many reasons why I haven't said no, the first being how I feel when I don't attend my church meetings. When I miss one I feel off, nothing major, but a bit of a nagging that reminds me, I missed church this week. Another reason is that plain and simple, I love this gospel. It brings me so much joy knowing what I know. That is the biggest reason I am a Mormon, because I love it. In loving it I had to find out a lot of things for myself instead of just riding on the coat tails of my family's knowledge. Through prayer and study I was able to learn all that I needed to know. I know that this is the true church, and that it was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith, who did indeed see our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. I know that families can be together forever when sealed in the temple, one knowledge that I am extremely grateful for in my family and in my future family. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and sent his son to die for us so that we can be together with him once more. And lastly, I know that Jesus died for our sins on the cross, so that we would have the opportunity to repent of our sins and become clean through him, so as to enter his presence once more. I am a Mormon because I love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by always striving to be a positive example for members of the church to those around me. I have held numerous leadership positions in my youth, none more important and life changing to me than being president of the 2014 Camp Helaman Federal Way Session. Camp Helaman is an Aaronic Priesthood Leadership Conference by its technical definition, but in simplicity it is a camp in which young men of ages 16 to 18 go to have fun in the outdoors, make new friends, and to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is where I gained my testimony, and learned how to be a real leader. Through that I am always able to remember that I am not alone, and that certainly makes it easier for me to stand up for what I believe. I live my faith by loving those who I come in contact with, being an example to them, and be serving others in any way that I can. Sometimes that service and love is something I can show with a simple gesture of a smile to someone who looks down as I walk across campus, other times it is going to help out a friend who is having a rough time in any way that I can, whether that be spending time with them or helping them pull weeds. Sometimes the littlest things can make the largest difference. That is how I live my faith.