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Hi I'm Michael

I love movies, I've even made some. I also love to play and watch. I was born a Mormon but I didn't truly believe until I was 19.

About Me

I am a father of two and have the most amazing wife in the world. I love to play and watch sports. In high school I was voted most athletic, those were the glory days and now I have to be satisfied winning co-ed softball tournaments and beating my friends in ping-pong. My profession is an animator. I worked for about 5 years on movies such as Ice Age, Rio, Men in Black 3 among others. It was my dream to get my name on the silver screen. I've watched my name scroll through the credits through about half a dozen movies and it's certainly been amazing to work with such talented folks to create something millions of people around the globe enjoy. Recently I decided to take a more family friendly commercial approach to my craft and I've found a surprising amount of creative freedom. I just love creating visuals and telling stories through moving images. I also love to watch movies and television through the lens of the gospel and find deep eternal truths that come from inspiring stories. To me, the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about the good of this earth, which can be found everywhere. His love and example are our salvation for which I'm eternally grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

The short superficial answer to Why I am a Mormon? is that I was born in the church. I was taught the gospel and to the best of my understanding I believed in Christ and believed what I had been taught so at 8 years old I was baptized. Right around my baptism my parents divorced and I struggled over the next several years to understand the concept of eternal families and lost sight of God's plan for me. I still attended church, still tried to follow the commandments, but much of my devotion was due to circumstance and habit. At around the age of 18, I started seriously considering service a 2 year mission. The idea of trying to convince others to join the church terrified me because I didn't know in my heart if this was really where the fullness of the gospel was. I knew the church was good, I knew God loved me, but was this really His church? I couldn't answer that. I decided to rigorously study the scriptures, I knew I personally could not serve a mission if I didn't have a firm belief that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was indeed His church restored to the earth. Through my study, and much prayer and fasting, I began to feel my testimony grow within me. I found answers to my questions and had profound spiritual revelations. One day, after a deep study of the atonement of Jesus Christ, I prayed and felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that not only was His atonement real, but that he died for all of us. I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that God had called Joseph Smith as a prophet to help clarify a spiritually divided and confused world, that through this church the power of God could provide the ordinances and teachings to bring all unto Christ. I know my Savior lives, it's not easy to say that, it seems most of my fellow millennials no longer believe in a God, but I can't deny the spiritual revelations and blessings I've been given. I'm grateful for my blessing of faith and I pray to have the strength to forever serve my Lord.

How I live my faith

Over the years I've served in many different roles within the church. I served a two year mission in the Dominican Republic where I was humbled by the amazing people that lived there. The kindness of the Dominican people is something that has changed me forever. I've also had various leadership roles and teaching roles. I'm currently serving as a gospel doctrine teacher. I love the opportunity to "teach," really, I'm called a teacher but I'm more of a facilitator. I mainly ask questions and listen as others enlighten me with their experiences and testimonies. My wife is the president of woman's organization within our congregation and I've enjoyed supporting her in her selfless service to others. She is one of the greatest examples I've ever seen of kindness and love. I also really enjoy getting to know those in my neighborhood and congregation. I enjoy any chance I can to have a meaningful conversation about the gospel with friends, family or even strangers. The gospel is a wonderful thing in my life and I'm grateful to have it as a guide.