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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a father of four boys. I'm a Senior Vice President at a global investment management firm. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I'm a father of four boys. A husband to a wonderful wife. I'm a brother to four siblings. I'm a son to an amazing mother and father (who passed away several years ago of cancer). I love sports. In particular, football is a passion of mine. I was a redshirt Freshman on the 1994 Oregon Duck football team that played in the Rose Bowl. I also enjoy the outdoors, mostly because I'm able to remember the small things that matter most in life while outside. I'm a Senior Vice President at a global investment management firm, focusing on private wealth management. My prior work experience is with a Big 4 Public Accounting firm as a CPA. My community involvement extends beyond my faith. I serve my community as a coach on my boys sports teams and serve on a non-profit board that assists underprivileged youth in our community.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I center my life around the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the Mormon church, I find myself being more loving, kind, patient and understanding. These qualities enrich my life and provide a rewarding depth and meaning to all that I do. Being a Mormon makes me a better husband, father, friend and employee. One truth taught in the Mormon church that gives me reason to have particular hope is the Plan of Salvation. This plan, created by a loving God, enables us to return and live together with God forever as families. This truth is particularly meaningful for me as I think about my life. Over 15 years ago my father passed away after being diagnosed with cancer. Through the suffering and sadness of his passing, I found hope in the Plan of Salvation. Central to this plan is the role of Jesus. As I turned my life over to Jesus Christ, I found peace and comfort in the knowledge that I would be with my father once again. And that I can be together forever with my wife and four boys.

How I live my faith

Faith, by definition, are things hoped for but not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith requires action. My faith requires me to act and behave in a way consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Having charity, the pure love of Christ, is one way in particular that I try to live my faith and follow Jesus. True charity helps me focus on individuals, irrespective of background or circumstance. I try to live my faith by putting individual needs first, before my own. I find by so doing, God in return blesses me and my family. The following is one of my favorites scriptures that articulates my feelings of how I try to live my faith: "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:37-39).

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mike
Those that call the Mormon Church a cult have little contact and/or personal knowledge of the Mormon Church. In fact, by looking up the very definition of "cult", one can answer the question if the Mormon Church is a cult. The following is one of the definitions of a "cult" found on dictionary.com: "a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader." Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, believing in Him, believing that God calls Prophets (as he has since Adam) and believing that we are saved through the atonement of Jesus Christ, simply put, does not make the Mormon Church "false, unorthodox, or extremist". Nor do we follow a "charismatic leader". We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught through Prophets of God, both anciently and in these, the later-days. I invite you to come and find out for yourself if the Mormon Church is true. I invite you to look to your friends and colleagues that are Mormon. These people will be anything but "extremist". Rather, you will find loving, caring and talented individuals whom are positive, active contributors to our society. Show more Show less