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Hi I'm Michael

Grew up in Hawaii on the slopes of Papakolea (Hawaiian Homestead), worked as a police officer, now working as a family therapist.

About Me

I was a police officer but now morphed into a family therapist and living about 4,679 miles away from my homeland of Hawaii. I am a father of 2 with a daughter who is 3 years old and a son at 4 months. What a journey it has been these last 5 years of marriage but what great blessings and experiences gained. I categorize myself as a fun-loving, hard working, dedicated father and husband. I try my best everyday to be the best representative of Christ I can be in both my professional life and personal life. Growing up in Hawaii I grew up in the ocean loving everything about it from surfing, fishing, to exploring. Now being miles and miles away from home it has been difficult and I'm missing it a lot but trying to take up other hobbies such as mountain biking. When I'm not at work, with my family, or at church you probably find me reading some sort of psychology book or studying for some kind of licensing test. I recently completed my master's degree in counseling psychology and working towards full licensure as a marriage and family therapist. I love doing the work I do, supporting people to achieve their full potential and goals in life but ultimately creating healthy strong families. There is so much in the world today that systematically work towards bringing down the core purpose of families. I'm grateful to be on the front lines rebuilding and teaching others how to establish, create, and rebuild their families.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormon- I never understood why people referred to me and my beliefs and summed it up with this one word. I was always taught and grew up understanding that I was a Christian and belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As all must gain a personal testimony of the truthfulness of the church, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith I too had a very real and meaningful experience. I didn't see an angel or God or hear a voice from the Heavens testify of the truthfulness of the church and the gospel rather a still small voice and an overwhelming feeling of love and peace came over me as I earnestly sought after truth. There have been experiences growing up that testified to me that what I was living and the lessons I was being taught in my home and by church leaders were true and helped me overcome trials and tribulations as a young teen. As I took up the challenge as a young man to read and study the Book of Mormon I received a testimony for myself that it was true which meant that everything that was taught and prophesied by Joseph Smith is true. I gain a great appreciation for Joseph Smith and his great faith that led to the restoration of the fullness of the gospel. I have an unwavering faith in our savior Jesus Christ and I know God speaks and guides us in these latter days through living prophets and apostles. I have a strong testimony of the event that took place where God the Father and Jesus Christ our Savior visited young Joseph and called him to be a prophet, seer, and revelator If you earnestly seek you shall find and that feeling when you find truth is one of the best feelings that one can experience.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith every waking hour of my life. I'm not perfect and fall short sometimes from intentions of wanting to do good but I strive continuously. Since my days as a young lad in Hawaii I participated in many different organizations that allowed me to serve my community. My mother got all us kids involved in scouting, american red cross, singing at care homes etc. I'm grateful for my parents and their example of service. One of my earliest and most profound memories of my parents serving others was when I was a young child sharing my bedroom with my cousins and their children because they had no place to live. Until they were back on their feet we all lived together and cared for one another. This didn't happen once but on several occasions. I saw how our home became a sanctuary for those that needed assistance both physically and spiritually. At the age of 21 I decided to serve a full-time mission being called to the Ukraine, Donestk mission. Can you imagine a young Hawaiian boy learning Russian and living in the cold country of Ukraine? Well, I must say that was the best 2 years of my young life and there were so many lessons learned that continue to guide me today. Now as an adult and the patriarch for my family I strive to set the same example for my children. After returning from my mission I had many opportunities to serve both in my local congregation as a youth spiritual leader and a boy scout master for our ward troop. That was one of the funniest times of my life going on camping trips and teaching young men to serve both their peers and community. Today I strive to serve by reaching out to the members in our congregation visiting the sick and afflicted and those that need a spiritual uplifting. Sometimes scheduling can be a struggle with balancing work, family, and church responsibility but the best feeling and the best days of my life is when it's packed with all three. I love the Lord and strive to serve him by serving others.