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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Colorado native, an avid Macintosh computer evangelist and a Mormon.

About Me

Colorado has been my home my entire life. I'm the last of four children, born and raised in Colorado and now grateful to be a father to three wonderful children of my own; also all born and raised in this beautiful state. They're older now with the youngest being 14. They've all inherited my love of computers and the beauty of our mountains. We love weekend visits to Vail, cool summer nights and a love of Apple technology. I've consulted and supported computers both on my own and working for Dex.

Why I am a Mormon

Due to a grandfather who was intrigued by a Mormon pamphlet he saw in a German hospital in the early 1900s, I am a Mormon today. That grandfather learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was inspired to bring his family to America to learn more about church and to avoid what he felt would be the sure devastation of an upcoming war. The unique teaching in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of finding out for oneself by studying the gospel message and then asking God for confirmation of the truthfulness of the message, caused my grandfather, father and now myself to be a Mormon. I cannot answer for my grandfather or father on how they received their answer to become a Latter-day Saint but I know they did receive that answer. For if they had not, their lack of an answer would have caused them, as anyone, to drift away. I was born and raised a Mormon but like someone who hears the gospel for the first time, I too had to discover for myself of its truthfulness. My answer didn't come all at once but I gave the Lord my dedication to living the gospel as I knew it because it seemed right and brought me happiness. As I continued to live gospel principles and learn more about the word of God in the Book of Mormon and other scripture, I soon began to feel most definite and distinct impressions come into my mind that the things I was experiencing in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in fact true. And I felt it in my heart as my life was indeed one of happiness. Today, those same impressions continue to be a part of my life on a regular basis. I will hear something in a Sunday church meeting and that same feeling of hearing the truth will come upon me. Listening to and reading the words of modern day prophets also often cause me to recognize their words as truth. I've come to know of the mission of the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead. He is a testifier of truth and he has testified to me.

How I live my faith

Today I serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop; a leader of a local congregation of approximately 300 members. Since I have received this call, I have enjoyed the promptings of the Holy Ghost on many occasions. Not only does the Holy Ghost testify of truth but he also inspires one who lives close to Heavenly Father, to know how to act and what to say in many circumstances in life. As a bishop, leading a flock of members, that inspiration has guided me countless times to say things I would have never thought of on my own. My Father in Heaven, with his son Jesus Christ, are mindful of me; my calling in the church, my struggles, my weaknesses and each minute detail of my life. And while they will not intervene in all things in my life because of my agency, when I ask in faith for direction, I often receive their guidance. In my home, we work as a family to help bring the Spirit so we can enjoy those impressions collectively as well. A Monday Family Home Evening together, a family prayer around the dinner table or studying the scriptures out loud bring us closer as a family, teach us respect for one another and most importantly allow us to have an atmosphere in our home where the Spirit will want to reside. These practices are teaching my children not only of the gospel but showing them the tools they will use throughout their life to receive answers to their own prayers. I have know doubt they have learned the truth and, like me, will continue to have impressions that reinforce that knowledge. Heavenly Father loves all of his children. There are none he will ignore but he responds most readily to those that love and serve him. I have come to know, in a small way, how to show love for him. In return, He has shown me the path that I should follow. Heavenly Father is real as is his son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Their work and glory is to bring all of us back to live with them someday. For this I will be eternally grateful.