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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in New Jersey. Apart from my family, my most precious memory is working with War Orphans in Zimbabwe. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Jefferson City Missouri and grew up in New Jersey. I have an interesting heritage. On my father's side, my ancestors date to before the American Revolutionary War in America. In fact, I have at least six ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War. On my mother's side, all my ancestors are from what is today known as Croatia. My mother met my father in Italy after World War Two where he was part of the occupation forces and she was a refugee from the Communist government of Yugoslavia.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended Catholic School for eight years. For some reason, I never felt satisfied. For close to 10 years after grammar school, I didn't attend any church, yet that whole time I felt strongly drawn to religion. I considered joining Islam and Judaism because I felt they demanded something of their adherents. For years my girlfriend and I attended different churches looking for a place where we felt the power of God resided. Then one day I happened across two young men with white shirts and name tags. We discussed religious beliefs for about 30 minutes. I knew right then and there that I had found what I was looking for. I called up my girlfriend and reported what had happened. Five months later, we were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That was 40 years ago this year (2017) and she's still my girlfriend and my wife. In 5 weeks, she and I will be reporting to serve a mission for the Church.

How I live my faith

Helping others has always been a driving force in my life. I volunteered with Boy Scouts of America for over 25 years and was presented with the Silver Beaver Award. Making a difference in the life of young people is very rewarding. Our family was involved for years with raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. One cannot help but see the association with the life of the Savior in preparing these puppies to do something for another that they cannot do for themselves. I also started an NGO for War Orphans in Zimbabwe. While our work was cut short due to political reasons, we were able to bring one War Orphan to the United States where she received a bachelors degree, joined the Mormon Church, and married a fine returned missionary in the House of the Lord.