Hi I'm Michael Moore
I grew up in Ironwood, Michigan as the oldest of 8 kids. My mom always planted a garden, and we were expected to help out. I'm not sure how much we actually helped, but it was nice to spend time together. My senior year of high school my dad bought me a used laptop and we got dial-up Internet. I soon became interested making web pages and learning to program. Now more than 10 years later I am writing this during a break from my full-time job programming and making web pages. When I'm not programming I spend time working my in my garden, fishing and playing with my 3 kids.
I was raised in the Church, so I grew up learning about it. Even though none of my classmates were Mormon, my friends were good people with similar standards to mine. I didn't really have to exert myself to live my religion. In 11th grade I was given the chance to be an exchange student to Brazil for a year. I jumped at the opportunity and for the first time found myself completely on my own. Without parents, family or church leaders near by I could do whatever I wanted. For the first time in my life I met students and associates my own age who were drinking, doing drugs and having sex. It would have been easy to follow their examples. After all, I was supposed to be experiencing the culture of Brazil, and that's what 16 year olds were doing in Brazil. Instead I read the Book of Mormon every day, and decided that I would live up to the standards that I had been taught. As I stood up for my decisions that year my testimony grew, and I became fully committed to following the gospel.
I live my faith at home, and at Church. At home we have family prayers twice a day, and read the scriptures every day. Each week we have a family night where we learn about the gospel as a family, sing, pray, play games and have a treat together. I also go out on visits to several members of our congregation each month, and go on visits with the missionaries at least once a month. At Church I have worked with the youth organization, coordinating activities for the young men (ages 12-18) and chaperoning on camping trips and other activities. I am currently responsible for coordinating the gospel teaching and fellowshipping of a group of men.