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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I'm a happy husband, father of a daughter and six boys, and grandfather of fifteen - four granddaughters and eleven grandsons. I am blessed well beyond what I deserve. I enjoy mountain biking, running, camping, and music - especially piano and solo vocal. We have lived in various places throughout the world and have come to appreciate and respect the many and varied cultures. These include Hong Kong, where I served as a young 19-21 year old missionary for the Church; Germany, where I was an officer in the U.S. military; Russia, where I helped found and lead a Russian/American joint venture cellular communications company, and also where, 20 years later, I returned as a mission president for our Church; and of course, the USA in Utah, Georgia, Arizona, and Colorado. Everywhere I have lived, I have met wonderful people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was extremely fortunate to be born to parents who were faithful members of the Church. With their loving and devoted teaching, I came to know God's love. My own conviction to the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ was nurtured and grew. The teachings and testimonies of God and prophets in the Bible and Book of Mormon became cherished treasures to me. From the earliest years I can remember in my life, I felt the stirrings of the Holy Spirit in my heart, bearing witness to me of the veracity of what I was learning. Now, over a half century after my baptism at eight years of age, I still remember details of that experience, from coming out of the water, to padding up the cold tile stairs, to the overwhelming feelings of warmth, comfort, and the sense of being clean before God. Thereafter, as I continued to worship and renew that covenant by partaking the sacrament, week after week, month after month, year after year, my understanding and my personal testimony of the Gospel grew. My witness of the Gospel is now a sweetly burning flame in my bosom, undeniable and firm. In short, I know with certainty that God lives, that Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son, and that his Gospel and keys of His everlasting priesthood have been restored to the earth through His prophet, Joseph Smith. Those keys continue in the Church, both at the general level, with Thomas S. Monson, Prophet and President of the Church, and with prophets and apostles in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve; and at the local level, with presiding leaders in Church units throughout the world.

How I live my faith

I have recently completed a three-year calling as a mission president in Siberia, Russia. There, my wife and I led the work of the Church in an area about the size of the continental United States with over 2,000 members in 12 units, and we supervised dozens of young servants of the Lord, as they worked to serve Russians there. Prior to that, in the Boulder, Colorado area, I experienced an eight-year calling in the Church in which I led an ecclesiastical organization (known as a "stake") of eight congregations (called "wards"), as a lay leader called, "stake president." Prior to this, I served as a bishop for six years of a ward in Centerville, Utah. In all of these places, hundreds of good people strive with all their hearts to follow the example of their Savior, Jesus Christ, by blessing others' lives in countless, selfless ways. It has been an incomprehensible blessing to work with and among such wonderful people!

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the firstborn of God the Father in the spirit world before the earth was created, and He is the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. In mortality, Jesus' father was God the Father, which gave Jesus power over death, and his mother was Mary, as taught in the New Testament, which gave him the power to yield up His life. Because He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father, he is the only "rightful heir" of eternal blessings, and, coupled with His infinite atonement, His name is thus the only name under Heaven by which mankind may be saved - by obedience to His ordinances, covenants, and laws. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is the saving power of Jesus Christ. We believe that, "it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do," and that, in the end, all we can really "do" that has any lasting, saving effect is to be "reconciled unto Christ." Show more Show less