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Hi I'm Michael

I live in Hawaii and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Utah, lived there most of my life then at age 15 my dad moved me and my family to New Jersey. I went through high school in Marlton, NJ at Cherokee High School. In 2002 after graduating high school I served a Mormon mission for two years in Argentina, speaking Spanish. I returned in 2004, when to Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ and worked in Philadelphia for Comcast Spectacor and in Marlton at REI (a retail outdoor clothing and supply store). In August of 2005, I moved to Escondido, CA to live with my grandparents only planning to stay for 2 months, but loved it so much I lived there for 2 and a half years. I attended Palomar College in San Marcos off and on, working in many different jobs, for example, an assistant pump technician for my uncle's pump systems company, a website salesman, aide to a physical therapist, gym membership salesman, and a teller at a bank. I decided I wanted to take my education more seriously so I applied to all of the BYUs and was accepted to Idaho and Hawaii, no brainer, I moved to Laie, HI in 2008 to pursue a bachelor degree and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor of arts, focusing on Instructional Design Development. During that time at BYU-Hawaii I made lots of friends and actually ended up meeting a young woman who became my girlfriend, then fiance and eventually my wife. Bethany is her name and we were married in Feb. of 2011 at the San Diego temple. We lived in Draper, UT for a time, but found our way back to the island.

Why I am a Mormon

Moving from a predominantly LDS population at a young age to one that was, at the time, 0.01% LDS was certainly an eye-opener. I was up until that point just going with the flow of things, barely any sort of testimony of any religious issues. I knew that I felt good at church and that people were nice, but I hadn't needed to really 'defend' the Church before I moved to New Jersey. Once I was in high school and people started asking me why I talked funny and seemed so shy, I realized that I was going to need to figure out some things for myself. With the help of family and really close friends I was able to gain enough of a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to present to anyone that asked me about it, or so I thought. As a Junior in high school in my history class, we crossed over a few chapters about the mormon pioneers and students started speculating about mormons, not knowing I was in fact a mormon myself. I approached my teacher after class and told him that I was a member of the Church and good talk about it if he would like. What the what!?! In retrospect, I can't believe I did that, I don't know what compelled me. He lit up with excitement and asked if I would take a few minutes to talk in class tomorrow about my church. The next day I was ready to talk mostly about the polygamy subject, something that always seems to fascinate people. I shot that down pretty quickly reading from the Official Declaration in the Doctrine & Covenants. Then a girl in my class asked me, "So, what do mormons believe?" ahhhhh!! Just thinking about this moment, tears me inside because I froze up. I didn't really know what to say and mumbled out something stupid and sat down. I could tell she was not satisfied, but didn't really know what to do about it. I felt dumb and vowed from that day on to be ready to explain to anyone who asked what mormons believe. My mission allowed me to witness the true blessing of the Gospel and ever strengthened me.

How I live my faith

Married in the temple, live and strive to keep the covenants I've made.