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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a husband, I'm a father through the miracle of adoption. I'm a college professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a family man, and I'm most happy when I'm at home with my wife and kids. I have two beautiful children who were placed with us through adoption from incredible birthmoms. As a professor at a university in Southern California, I teach about educational leadership. My wife and I were born and raised in California, but we returned after spending several years in Detroit, Michigan. We love Detroit! Between the music, the cars, the museums, and the sports, there is always something going on. Fortunately, the same is true in SoCal. I served a mission for my church in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My interests include Legos, the great outdoors, and showing my kids the wonders of this world. My family, my faith in Jesus Christ, teaching, and the adoption community all play major roles in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. Growing up, I had many experiences at church and in my personal and family life that led me to feel God's love for me. I tested out the promises for myself in more depth beginning as a high school student and through my freshman year of college, and I found the church to be good. I continue developing my understanding of the gospel to this day. I am a Mormon because as I have asked about and lived the principles taught, I have found them to be true and useful in my own life and in the lives of people I know. I know that the Bible and Book of Mormon are companion scriptures and that they support each other in teaching me about who Christ is and what God's plan is for my life. I know that Jesus is my personal Savior. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that prophets like Thomas S. Monson continue to teach us today.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in my life and hope to learn how to be a better person over time.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jesus Christ’s grace is the enabling power given to anyone who seeks Him to get past the imperfections that disqualify us from returning to live with God. It is the gift Christ offers to everyone who is willing to follow Him to become holy, just as He is. In a sense, because Jesus has removed all obstacles in my path to perfection, I am able to reset my life as often as I need to and return to the state of purity I must have in order to live with God. Thus, grace gives me the confidence to keep trying. As I keep trying, I'm enabled to return to being worthy to return to live with God, in the sense of regaining my self-worth. Because of Christ's grace, I know I do not have to wallow in regret because I have stumbled along the path to holiness; the Atonement keeps me worthy, pure, and holy as I strive to get ready to live with God again. Show more Show less