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Hi I'm Mike

I was impressed with Mormons and their belief in family values.

About Me

I've worked as a Human Resources Manager for a fabulous company for the past 6 years. I have six children and a lovely wife who is my best friend. I adore family life - and that means the joys along with the challenges. Raising a family in today's world is a daunting task, and family values is what originally led me to want to learn more about the Mormon Church 29 years ago. As far as hobbies, I've always been very passionate about music, and in addition to playing the piano, guitar and harmonica, I've been an amateur songwriter since age 15. I love reading classical literature but I also have a couple contemporary authors I like such as Mitch Albom and business authors like John Maxwell and Harvey MacKay. I served active duty for the U.S. Navy for 8 years and had the experience of living in Japan for 5 of those years. I consider myself a patriotic American but I'm concerned about the deterioration of family values in today's world. My wife teases me that I have the same taste in movies and television that her grandpa did - I joke right back and say, "Classics never go out of style!" I also feel the same way about God, family and country...and hope the majority of the world never feels those values are outdated.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a devout Catholic home. Although I never doubted my faith in God or His existence, during my late teenage years I began to have the desire to investigate other Churches. I did this mostly through research at the library because my parents would have never approved of me attending other churches. Also during this period of time of about 2 years, I had three or four very positive experiences with members of the Mormon faith. They were not proselyting; they were either friends or acquaintances that happened to be Mormons. I was consistently impressed with their value systems and each experience increased my desire to find out more about the Mormon Church and its beliefs. Eventually, I asked two missionaries to teach me the discussions and soon after was baptized at age 21. Although I have dealt with a lot of disapproval from my family, I have never regretted joining the Church. I cannot begin to comprehend how I could have gone through some of the trials in my life without my faith and testimony in Jesus Christ. The reason I am a Mormon is that I recognized through my conversion that God loves us beyond our capacity to understand. And with that love, He continues to give us prophets, apostles, and the power of the priesthood to lead us through these last days when so many of his children live in despair and hopelesses. There is good news, there is light, and it is through the Gospel of Jesus Chrst. I was able to follow that light and it led me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

My 14 year-old son and I are "home teachers" for two families in our ward. We visit each family at least once a month. One of the homes has a single mom raising two kids, so we have the opportunity of doing frequent home repairs which she appreciates. Recently, our ward had a father and sons camp out and we took the single mom's son with us. We all had a great time and it felt especially rewarding to give this boy that experience since he has no contact with his father. My older son is 19 and currently serving a full-time mission in Columbus, Ohio for two years. We are so proud of him, and he has grown so much sacrificing his time and energy to serve the people in his community. He continually writes us and says it is not a sacrifice to serve a mission, but a priveldge I also serve as the Ward Clerk and maintain the membership records and perform other clerical duties to assist our good bishop. In the past, I have served as teaching youth in Sunday School classes, and other leadership positions in the church. In the Mormon church we don't request particular positions, but rather we are called by our Bishop (congregation leader) and accept and serve as needed. I've learned and grown from each assignment and calling I've been asked to do in the Church and love opportunities to serve the neighbors and friends in my community.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Mike
Learn all you can about His pre-mortal life, His earthly life, and then His role as the resurrected Savior who atoned for all mankind's sins. Really read and ponder the scriptures, including the Old and New Testaments, and The Book of Mormon. Particularly, when you read the Book of Mormon, pray before and after you and ask for the spirit of God to witness the truthfulness of this book. After you receive this witness, adapt the teachings and examples you learn from scripture and pattern your life after the Savior's. Not only will your faith in Jesus Christ grow, but you will realize there is no end to your progression and happiness in this life - or in the next. Show more Show less