Hi I'm Mike.
l enjoy playing cards, eating out and anything political. I have always been inclined towards spirituality, but could never find anything that fulfilled me until I was taught the Restored Gospel. I was baptized a member of the Church in 2007.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because I have the assurance from the Spirit that this Church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore those basic truths to the earth that were once taught by Christ Himself. The practical teachings of the Church have helped me improve overall as a person. Although there are many Churches and many more Christians, I know the Restored Gospel is true.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon brings peace into my life every time I read it. From it, I've gained a more complete understanding of God's plan and Christ's sacrifice.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized into the Church while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. I started attending LDS meetings just for spiritual uplift and had no initial intention of becoming a member. I became more curious and started reading more and praying for guidance. Over time, I came to realize through reading and pondering the Scriptures that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one true Church on earth, so I got baptized a member.
How I live my faith
I live my faith simply by trying to obey God's commandments. I mess up quite a bit, but I try. It's really the simple things that make the most difference. I try to read my Scriptures and pray daily. I accept opportunities to help out when needed. I avoid those things that deprive me of the Holy Spirit's companionship. I'm just an ordinary guy, doing ordinary things, trying to become more like my extraordinary Savior.