Hi I'm Michael
My faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel means everything to me. I love my family and want to be able to be with them forever. I love to do genealogy so that I will learn more about my family, including those who lived before me. The ordinances of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offer me hope. I know I can be with my family again when I go to the temple.
Why I am a Mormon
It seems to me like everyone will have some trials in life and some times when they wonder why they are even here. The question may even come: "Is life worth living?" It is my faith in Jesus Christ and his words in the Book of Mormon that stand as anchors in my life; it is these that permit me to answer with a confident "Yes, it is!" Without Jesus Christ there would be no life after death and without the Book of Mormon I would not know as completely as I know now that Jesus is the only way. Indeed I have felt this sure witness and though trials still come I know life is worth it.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
My family has been blessed to be able to play together and work together. Even so, when I am asked for my most precious family memories they are the times that I felt most united to them through God. When I was young there were many nights my father and mother would tuck us into our beds; then my father would kneel in the hall between our bedrooms and reverently pray for us just loud enough for us to hear. That experience continues to provide a feeling of love and strength to me as I go throughout my life.
Could you talk about your baptism?
My baptism was one of the most important times in my life. I took the step of faith to follow Jesus' example and afterward receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It has been years since I made that choice, but everytime I see someone come into the waters of baptism I feel the Holy Ghost in my heart. It is like a warm, calm feeling of love and joy. In those times I remember that I had the same feeling when I was baptized. There is a childrens song we sing sometimes at baptisms that says: "When I am baptized my wrongs are washed away. . . I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain." I am touched every time I sing that song. I remember that through Christ's suffering and my repentance my sins are truly washed away just as they were when I was baptized.
How I live my faith
Like other Mormons, no matter where I live there is an opportunity for me to serve. It is always fun to get an assignment in the local congregation. I love being a home-teacher and visiting other members. It is a great chance for me to be a friend, but also to make friends. It is also a great way to make sure everyone has what they need. When people have a hard time their home-teacher can help. Currently I enjoy the assignment of scheduling trips to our local temple. We have a trip planned for almost every week. It feels so peaceful and close to God there; It makes me happy to have a part in encouraging my congregation to take trips together. Besides assignments in the church their are always opportunities to serve all around us. My faith in Jesus Christ makes me happy and I just like to do nice things for people to show it. Smiling is one of my favorite things to do to brighten someone else's day.