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Hi I'm Michael

I was born in Ireland. I like to fight bears. I make music. I love panuchos, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Michael. I was born in Cork, Ireland. I'm not tecnically Irish. My dad was relocated there for work, and I happened to be born while we lived there. But it's still fun to tell people! At the age of four, my family and I moved to Houston, Texas, where I was raised. I recently finished a mission to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I LOVE music. I honestly don't know what I'd do without it. One of my favorite things to do is just sit down and write a song. Some people express themselves through poetry, or dance, or art. I have been blessed with the ability to write lyrics and compose music. When I perform, I like to watch the faces of who I'm singing to. I always try to bring smiles to faces, and there's no better feeling than knowing something that YOU did, something that YOU created, brought happiness to someone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. Exciting, right? However, I do have a testimony of the divinity of it. I'm really not sure when it came to me. I wasn't born with a testimony. I suppose, over time, just the small things-- the tender mercies of our Savior-- have convinced me of its truthfulness. I know that the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a universal one. It has the ability to bring joy to everyone, as it has to me. I guess that's why I've continued to stay active in the Church and chosen to serve a mission. It makes me happy. I'm a firm believer in that all good things are from God, and I know this church is a good thing.

How I live my faith

Woo wee. How do I live my faith? Well, first and foremost, I served a mission in Mexico. As I said before, this Church makes me happy. Why wouldn't I want to share it with my brothers and sisters around the world? Missionaries have one purpose, and it is to invite others to come unto Christ. Not to force doctrines or ideas, and not to make people choose one thing over another, but simply to invite. In the end, the choice isn't theirs whether or not others join the Church. It's completely up to them. But while I was a missionary I sincerely hoped they would. Not for me, but for them. I want everyone to be able to experience the joy in their lives that I have from being a member and living the Church's principles. What else? I taught the 3-4 year old kids in my church for awhile. It was such a blessing! I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to teach them the fundamentals-- not just of the Church, but important things they'll need in their lives. Things as simple as sharing, and being nice to one another, and apologizing when they do things that are bad. As I've said, the Church's message applies to everyone. Even three year-olds.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

There are certain blessings called ordinances that we all just receive while we are in this life. One of these is baptism. Baptism is essential to be able to return to live with our father in heaven. But, thousands of people die without having the opportunity to receive this blessing. Would it be fair for them to be punished just because they never had the chance? Of course not! That's why we so baptisms for the dead. God has given us all the opportunity to return and live with him. Show more Show less