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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four and a happy member of a very small rural community. I enjoy working with my hands, and I can build and fix just about anything! Not knowing what else to do with my life, I earned a PhD and now work at a university as a tenure-track professor of Spanish. I served an LDS mission to Mexico and love to study and teach the Spanish language. I also love to hunt, (sorry, HATE fishing!), ride horses, hike, and do lots of other things outdoors. My favorite time of year is spring in the mountains: The smell of the cool, crisp air over the evergreen trees is incredible!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were baptized when I was very young, and I grew up in the church. Although I did struggle a bit with my testimony during my teenage years, I was extremely fortunate to have several church leaders take a personal interest in me and help me to make the good decisions that led me to serve an LDS mission. It was truly my mission that stuck me squarely on the path of (1) personal prayer, (2) personal scripture study, and (3) complete reliance on the Lord to accomplish the tasks I had set before me. Since returning from my mission, I have tried to maintain this reliance on Him and to, as Nephi puts it "

How I live my faith

Every morning and night I have my personal prayers, and most mornings I study my scriptures for a half-hour. I lead my family in family prayers every night, and each of my children says their personal prayer there with us before going to bed. My wife and I do this in the hopes of instilling in our children the habit of praying daily to the Lord. I currently serve as a councilor to the bishop of our ward, and have taught Sunday School and primary in the past. The most important way in which I live my faith is to strive to be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost, who can only guide, direct, and comfort us when we are living in the way that we should be.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, there is no requirement in the church that any person serve a mission. If missionary service were truly a requirement for being a Mormon, then not serving a mission would prevent church members from participating in certain activities and/or leadership roles, which is absolutely NOT the case. A large portion of church membership includes individuals who did not serve missions, including young people who chose not to serve a mission, as well as converts who joined the church as adults and therefore did not have the opportunity to complete a mission. These church members are not prevented from participating in church activities/services or from holding church leadership roles. In short, members who do not serve missions are every bit as important and valued as those that do serve missions. Show more Show less