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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in Utah. I served in for 7 years in the U.S. Navy and loved serving my country. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, in Utah. After I graduated from Bingham High School in June of 2000, I entered the military at the US Naval Academy, in Annapolis, MD. I served a mission in the Czech Republic from July 2001 to May 2003. At the Academy I played three years of varsity basketball, and graduated in May 2006. I have been stationed in Sasebo, Japan and San Diego, California onboard US Navy warships. I was also stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. A few years ago I made a decision to leave the Navy, a profession I very much enjoyed, because my wife and I found out that we were going to be expecting a baby girl! This decision was driven by the fact I know that nothing is more important than what we do in our homes. My wife and I have been blessed with a beautiful baby daughter and I love being able to take care of her. In the nearly two years since I have left the Navy, I have had wonderful experiences being a father and primary care giver to our daughter. I miss many aspects of my profession, but nothing can compare with the happiness I enjoy as a husband, father, and disciple of Lord Jesus Christ. Following Him, I have found, is the only way to be truly happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church and grew up in Utah...I guess you could say I was kind of a stereotypical Mormon. But after high school I joined the military by being inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy. Because I was raised in Utah, I was raised in a pretty sheltered area (for which I am grateful), so life in the Navy introduced me to many things I had not seen or heard before. I have had many opportunities to choose not to continue to follow what the Church teaches, but I haven't. I have received a knowledge of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. That knowledge has come through the Holy Ghost. The principles of the restored gospel "work" in our lives. If we are obedient to God's commandments, we are blessed in very tangible ways. It is simply truth. Anyone can see this is true if they are willing to sincerely seek that knowledge by acting with trust in Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Resoration of the Gospel to the earth, taught that, "The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ..." My life is an adventure of discipleship. The Lord has taken me all over the United States and even the world, because I have striven to follow Him. I live my faith by seeking, in every area of my life financial, professional, spiritual, etc., to follow the example of our Great Example. My faith in the Lord extends beyond just my spiritual life, and is a part of how I see life and is the driving factor behind my decision making. For example, as I noted above, I chose to leave a comfortable, challenging, exciting and rewarding career as an officer in the U.S. Navy because I knew it was what the Lord needed me to do. I strive to follow the Lord in every way- this is what it means to be a Mormon. It means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Mike
Our tithing funds are used in accordance with revelation from God to Prophets. The funds are used to build temples and church buildings, maintain church-owned universities (like BYU), and other things. In short, the tithing is returned to us in the form of blessings that come from things we couldn't build or do ourselves. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Mike
Family is important because it is at the core of what we call "The Plan of Happiness". We believe, and I add myself in that "we", that the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for us so we could return to live with our Heavenly Father as families. The Church exists to glorify, extend, and hollow the family. If you think about it logically, if the happiest times of our lives come from being with family, wouldn't a perfectly loving God want those relationships to continue for us? Show more Show less