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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon. My Great-Great Grandparents were converts to the church.

About Me

My wife and I were married in 1971 in one of the Church’s temples. We are the parents of five, two boys, and three girls. At this time we have sixteen grand-children and one great grand-child. I like to work in my yard and garden and read. My wife loves to create crafts of many kinds. We love to be spend time with our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fifth generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My Great-Great Grandparents were converts to the church in the British Isles. I have lived in the West for most of my life. I served a two year church mission. I grew up in the church and always attended my meetings faithfully. My parents taught me well, and I learned many things in church about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. As I entered my teen years I realized I would need to gain my own testimony and not depend on the faith of my parents and teachers. I served a mission because I had been taught by example that it was the right thing to do. I am so thankful for my mission as it helped me gain my own testimony of the Godhead, the scriptures, the church, and God’s plan of happiness. I echo the words of our previous president and prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, when he said, "Everything good that has happened, including my marriage, I owe to my activity in the Church."

How I live my faith

We love to serve in the church and are currently teachers of adult classes. We also make monthly visits to other members of our Ward (congregation) to teach and check on their well being. These visits are done in the capacity of what we call home teaching and visiting teaching.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A Ward is the term we use for our local congregations. Each ward is presided over by a bishop, assisted by two counselors. Small congregations are called branches. Each branch is presided over by a branch president, assisted by two counselors. A Stake covers a larger area than a Ward. A Stake would typically consist of seven to ten Wards. A Stake is presided over by a Stake president, assisted by two counselors. The Stake leaders give direction to the members, as well as helping the Bishops and Branch Presidents in their duties. Show more Show less