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Hi I'm Mike

I divide my time between Washington state in the USA, and West Sussex in the UK, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Los Angeles, California, and joined the Church when I was 14 years old, the only member of my family to do so at that time. I served a mission for the Church in Germany from 1972-74, in central Germany (Düsseldorf and thereabouts). My late wife and I had 12 children and currently 14 grandchildren. I am a retired software developer, and a Ham Radio enthusiast. I am also a happily remarried widower who divides his time between the United States and the United Kingdom, where my new wife lives.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old I happened to become acquainted with another young man who was a member of the LDS church. I was curious about the beliefs of the church, and he offered to let me speak to the missionaries, which I was happy to do. What they taught me about the church spoke to my soul and after much prayer and contemplation I was convinced that the Lord was leading this church. I was particularly impressed by the testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and also by the Book of Mormon, which I recognized as the word of God, and in that sense the equal of the Bible, which I had always held in high esteem. My parents would not allow to be baptized right away, but after a year of observing my faithfulness to what I had been taught by the missionaries, they consented to let me join the church. I have never regretted my decision to join the church, and over the years my testimony of its truthfulness has grown. I can say that my life has been enormously blessed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I testify that He stands at the head of this church. I know that Jesus is my Savior, and upon His merits I know that I will be saved in the Kingdom of God.

How I live my faith

Besides attending church each Sunday, I help keep records in my local congregation, and participate in our local emergency communications organization as a Ham radio operator (our state has a history of earthquakes and volcanoes!). I also participate in the "Home Teaching" program in the church, which means that another brother and I make ourselves available to some of the members of our congregation in case they need assistance.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are definitely Christians. Understand that some well-meaning folks have set up some rather restrictive definitions, saying that to be qualified to be called a Christian, one must believe in certain highly philosophical definitions of God that were developed hundreds of years after Jesus lived upon the earth, regardless of whether one accepts Jesus as one's Savior and tries to lead a Christ-like life. But common sense tells a different tale: if a person believes in Jesus as the Only Begotten Son of God, that he was crucified for the sins of the world, was resurrected on the third day after his death, and that person tries his or her best to live up to the teachings that Jesus gave us, that person is a Christian. Since we Mormons believe in Jesus in this way, and strive to do what Jesus told us to do, then it should be obvious that we are Christians. Show more Show less