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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in South Salt Lake, I am an educator and a Coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning and Coaching. I am currently an Educational Doctorate Student and a religious educator. I teach the youth as a seminary teacher. My focus and objective is to help youth understand and rely upon the teachings and atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for life with their Father in Heaven. I love water polo! I coached Collegiate Water Polo, High School Water Polo and Age-group Water Polo. I had the opportunity to work with the Olympic Development for the USA Water Polo Association for several years. Currently I coach High School athletes. Our team travels through out the Western United States and competes in the Junior Olympics each year. I have coached Swimming for several years and have helped several high school swim programs. I served a mission for the Church in the Czech Republic. I love the Slavic people, culture, and history. I have some of my dearest friends in that part of the world. I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The oldest of 8 children, I was taught about scriptures, prayer, and church doctrine at an early age. Now I'm a father to 5 beautiful children where my wife and I try each day to help them come to know our Savior and be better people at home, in the community, and the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Yet, I too had to find out for myself the truthfulness of the gospel. When I was in High School, I really wanted to know if the Book of Momron was true. My wise mother gave me such great advise to ask Heavenly Father. I had read the Book of Mormon and had been a member my whole life yet I felt I needed to know for myself and knew that God would give me an answer. I knelt down at my bedside and thanks Heavenly Father for my blessings, and then poured out my heart to Him seeking His help. The answer came, it was the most amzaing feeling and voice in my heart that simply told me The Book of Mormon was true! I remember that everytime I read the Book of Mormon, as I feel that Spirit continue to tell me it is true. Since then, I have had several experiences that have added to that one, each a simple feeling or event that has borne witness to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Church let by Jesus Christ, that we have Apostles and Prophets on the earth, and that the Priesthood is a real power from God.

How I live my faith

Daily I seek to live my faith. Personally, I look for ways to come to know my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures each day. I pray often and look for opportunities to receive divine guidance. I know that the most important part of living my faith is looking for ways to serve others. As parents, my wife and I seek to raise our children in a Christ-Centered home. We have daily prayer, we try to study our scriptures as a family, we hold a Family Home Evening, where we learn and share about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Michael
Absolutely not! We believe that we are all Heavenly Father's children, thus this religion is for all of us! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Michael
The Bible does three things for me. 1. It gives me a great history of people, leaders and Jesus Christ. This History helps me to see what was taught in times of trouble or peril, it gives me guideance that I can use in my life, as well it gives me a chance to learn from the teachings and lives of the book. 2. It gives me the Saviors life, mission, and testimony. This is the best part of the Bible. I can come closer to Jesus Christ by learning about him and his life and teachings. 3. The Bible contains the reality of needing Priesthood, Ordinances, Temples, and Prophets. You can understand why the Church was Restored when you see the same things we do mentioned in the Bible. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Michael
Our Bodies are a gift from our Heavenly Father. This gift should be taken care of, as it houses the Spirit Child of our Heavenly Father. This requires us to do all that we can to keep our bodies clean both inside and out. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Michael
Our Church Services are a little longer than what other religions are used to, but that's because we focus on 3 areas. Sacrament Meeting is the most important meeting of the day. The whole family meets together as we partake of the Sacrament, representing the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and remembering Him his life and atonement. This meeting has speakers that help us come unto Christ. The next meeting is Sunday School. You have many options, most of which are age based on what class to attend. After this the women meet for Relief Society, a women's organization where they learn about Jesus Christ and how they as women can help His mission of showing Charity towards others. The Men attend Priesthod Meeting where they learn how to serve God and fulfill His Priesthood responsibilities. Children have Primary during the last two meetings, where they have their own age specific sunday instruction. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Michael
A testimony is when God had given you an experience, feeling, witness, or talked to you about something. When a Mormon says I have a testimony about.... It means through the Holy Ghost they have come to know something. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Michael
To become a member you have to have Faith in Jesus Christ, Repent - meaning not just stop doing things that God doesn't want you to, but it means becoming more like Jesus Christ. This requires you to often change your life to be more like the Savior. These could include living a Chaste life, living a life free of smoking, drugs, or alcohol, as well as committing to be like the Savior. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Michael
You can ask Heavenly Father by prayer if it is true. Show more Show less