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Mike: Family Man, Army, Louis L'Amour, Exercise, Weight Lifting, Mon Night Football, Mormon.

Hi I'm Mike

About Me

My hobbies include spending time with my wife. She is the most wonderful person ever! We have been married for almost 3 years! Although we have yet to be blessed with children, I know the time will come when we will get to be parents. I also enjoy reading, jogging, and a little weight lifting. I am interested in Monday Night Football and Ford pickup trucks. I am graduating from college next semester and am applying to graduate school for Marriage and Family Therapy. I was originally planning to be a Chaplin in the United States Army. After the initial training, things did not work out (medical disqualification), but the Lord has blessed us with other opportunities that have turned out very nicely.

Why I am a Mormon

As a 14 year old boy, I was reading Elder James E. Talmage's book, "Jesus the Christ." As I read, I realized that the question of Jesus' divinity was indeed the question to be asked. "Was He indeed 'The Christ,' or merely a good man who helped others?" I prayed to know if Jesus was the Christ. I immediately felt a burning in my chest. I knew that Jesus was the very Savior of the world, the Son of God. I then was impressed to pray about the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith, the (then) Prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, and the overall truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I again felt that warm burning in my chest, and I knew it was true. Since then, I have not missed one day reading from the Book of Mormon. This (daily Book of Mormon study), more than any other thing I have done has helped me stay on the straight and narrow path (see Alma 31:5). That is why I so strongly invite others (at school, church, etc.) to read daily from the scriptures in general and the Book of Mormon in particular. I know that if we will hold to the rod, we will make it back to live with the Lord (see Hel. 5:12; 1 Ne. 11:25).

Personal Stories

What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?

Daily Book of Mormon study individually, as a couple, and as a family.

What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?

Daily Book of Mormon study individually, as a couple, and as a family.

How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?

From 11 - 18 years old, poor media choices (TV, movies, Internet sites, etc.) were a big challenge; however, I NEVER STOPPED MY DAILY BOOK OF MORMON STUDY. This is the single most influential thing that helped me come to Christ and eventually overcome this challenge. What a blessing! I am now almost 26 and have been very happily married for 3 years! I still study daily from the Book of Mormon and enjoy a very peaceful, fufilling life!

How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?

Daily Book of Mormon study individually, as a couple, and as a family.

What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?

Daily Book of Mormon study individually, as a couple, and as a family.

Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?

Pondering (stoping to think) before I start my prayer, pondering a few times during my prayer, and pondering after I have finished my prayer (both morning and evening) has really helped me reap the benifits of one-on-one communication with Heavenly Father. I have found this apporach to be better than simply "saying my prayers."

How I live my faith

I serve as a home teacher. That means that a fellow member of the congration and I are responsible to watch out for a couple other families in the congration, in addition to our own. We make sure they have what they need, help them with what they need, and report needs that we cannot address to our Bishop (the leader of our congration). I also help the Bishop as his second counselor (assistant) as he "shepherds" the congration of 180 people.