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Hi I'm Michael

My family is active duty navy so I grew up all around the world. I make games with my Dad and Brother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of four children. I was born in Honolulu Hawaii and from there we moved to Groton, Connecticut; Hawaii (again); Japan; Virginia; San Diego, California; Virginia (again); and we are currently living in Stuttgart, Germany. All that traveling adds up to 9 schools, if you count homeschooling for a year it's 10. Through it all I've been active in Boy Scouts of America, and my Dad helped me earn my Eagle Scout Award. I taught myself CGI three years ago, and I really enjoy it! I plan to go to BYU to learn the professional skills of being a CG artist. Hopefully I'll be able to get a career in animation.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to the church, but I've been raised in it my entire life. For the longest time I was a member simply because that was the thing we did. On Sundays we went to church, we didn't swear or watch rated R movies. I was really just following along in my parents footsteps and going with the motions for quite a while. Then, when I was 16 or 17, I had the opportunity to go with the other youth in our area in Virginia to Kirtland, Ohio. This is the place where the church built it's first temple, the Kirtland temple. We did a lot when we were there, mostly visiting church history sites. But on the last day we got to go to the temple itself and had a short meeting there (I said the opening prayer!). At the end of the meeting we sang The Spirit of God. Right there I could feel the spirit so strongly, hearing all of the voices of the other youth around me, it shook me to my core. After that meeting I came out changed, I resolved to get myself in order, and I had a testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real and that they care for my wellbeing. They want to help me, it's their job to help me, and doing so brings them joy. It was after this trip that I had my own real testimony. It was a small one, but it was real. Since then it has been an adventure and a half, but I've grown immensely. I'm so happy that I am a member of this church and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

How I live my faith

When I was 12, I served the bread and water (that's part of the sacrament) to our Sunday congregations. I also started going out to visit some of the families in our congregation with my Dad. We served in all sorts of ways then, like helping people with moving to a new home, or bringing the sacrament to people who were too sick to come to church. When I was 16, I was allowed to bless the sacrament. When I was 19, I was called to be a Den Leader for the Cub Scouts troop in my ward. I really enjoyed teaching the 9-10 year old boys things like cooking, making and reading maps, and making movies. That last one was the most popular.