Hi I'm Michael C.
I've been a member of the LDS Church since 1982 when I was 17.
Along with reading books on philosophy and religion, my main interests are writing and art. Mine is a family of artists, musicians, poets...not a very practical lot, but very interesting. Few of us, however, have made a profession of it. I am a lawyer by trade. My wife is a teacher. Our children have potential to pursue it professionally, but there's no telling where their choices will ultimately take them.
Why I am a Mormon
From a very young age I was inclined toward religion. Although my family did not subscribe to any particular denomination, I had a basically Christian upbringing, influenced by attendance at both Catholic and Protestant Churches. I learned the stories of the Bible very early in life, and in my pre-adolescent years, even when none of my family could join me, I took myself to church, initially at a non denominational Christian church, and eventually at the United Church of Canada. My family also explored many facets of other spiritualities and religious paths. In effect, I was a seeker, and in my teen years began particularly seeking for things I could really believe in. I joined the LDS Church when I was 17. I had thought, before then, that I had learned a good deal through my studies and experiences about God, religion and the purpose of life. However, it was not until I embraced the restored gospel that I found real confidence to say I have found what is true. Despite my primarily Christian background and upbringing, I had never truly understood the role of Jesus Christ, his divinity and the power of His Atonement. Through the restored gospel, The Book of Mormon, and particularly through the gift of the Holy Ghost, I have obtained a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Jesus Christ, his mission, his nature, and his role in my life as Saviour and truest friend. To this day I continue learning, but I am profoundly and inexpressibly grateful for the testimony of grace that has come to me through reading The Book of Mormon and listening carefully to the teachings of the latter-day prophets, as well as through many direct and personal spiritual experiences. Though I continue to be a desperately flawed human being, I know who my Redeemer is, and I am so thankful that He has blessed me to find His Church and the avenue through which the fulness of salvation is found.
How I live my faith
Real religious faith and love of God is shown in the service we give to those who are in need. I have tried to be a help to my neighbours and colleagues, and a support to charitable activities and organizations in my community. I have also had many opportunities to serve in various capacities in the Church. From a teacher in the Primary (children's Sunday School) to priesthood group leader, from full-time missionary (serving two years in the Far East) to "High Councillor" (a member of a council that supports the work of 'stake' [like a diocese] ecclesiastical leaders) and Director of Public Affairs. In the 30 years I have been in the Church, I have rarely had any calling last for longer than 2 years...hopefully that means they've wanted me to do lots, as opposed to tiring of me quickly :) but mainly it has provided me with a lot of experience and insight into the operation and services of the Church.