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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist, a father of four, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an avid book reader and fan of University of Utah athletics. I love to mountain bike and spend time outdoors with my wonderful wife and 4 children. Once upon a time my favorite activity was spending over 3 hours a day in the pool swimming and playing water polo. After high school I served a 2-ear mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I get great satisfaction in helping others through my profession as a Speech-Language Pathologist, working with adults in the hospital and home health settings. I have been blessed to see how much the gospel can influence the lives of all people, especially at difficult times as they face life-ending and other challenges in health.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This provided me with a foundation of the gospel in my life. As with everyone, my faith was tried and I was faced with multiple situations that required my faith to stand on its own. There have been times I have been faced with doubt. Through scripture study and prayer, Heavenly Father ultimately gave me an assurance through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. Through similar experiences I know that Joseph Smith was his prophet. With this knowledge I have no doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only completely true church of Christ on earth. Every time I pick up the Book of Mormon to read it I feel the Spirit of God reassuring me of its veracity. Throughout my life as I have tested the promises of God, He has unfailingly blessed me in ways tat prior to the blessing would have seemed impossible. This has happened particularly frequently with being able to provide for my family. There have been almost too many situations to count where there was seemingly no way things would work out with our money or jobs, and then God makes things work because we are doing our best. I honestly have to laugh out loud because of how awesome He is! How great that Christ's church provides us with the knowledge that whatever happens in this life, if we will do our best to love Him and keep his commandments we will one day be together, inseparable, forever with our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have come to appreciate that no matter how great a person I try to be during the day, the most important people in my life that deserve my best effort are my own family. They give me strength through their love to in turn be kind to those I encounter each day. My family remind me of the love the Savior has for all of us. At times it is difficult to be patient or have love for those I encounter at work. Daily study of the Book of Mormon has provided me with the faith and love to reach out to those around me in kindness regardless of our differences or how I have been treated. I have the opportunity to watch over a small number of families in my congregation with a young man in my neighborhood. Together we pray for the spiritual and temporal welfare of these families, share with them our testimonies, and do our best to let them know we love them. I am currently in the bishopric, or leadership, of out congregation. While initially very intimidating for me, I have realized more and more that serving the Lord is not about myself, including my own perceived weaknesses. All of us have weaknesses, and I am grateful for those many people in my life that are a testament that despite our imperfections, we can love each other, be forgiving of one another, and encourage all those we encounter to look to the Savior throughout our lives, whatever blessings or challenges we currently face. In my most difficult times, every time I have called on Heavenly Father he has reached out to me and given me the strength and answers I need to grow and progress, ad sometimes just hang on.