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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon originally from Georgia; now living in Washington.

About Me

I've been married 30 years and my wife and I have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Our youngest son is serving as a missionary in Busan, South Korea where his older brother served 6 years ago. I am a computer engineer; I manage a team of engineers that develop software for cellular phones.

Why I am a Mormon

Since a child I have been a follower of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I have had periods of doubt, I have turned to the Book of Mormon; its powerful witness and spirit of peace undeniable. I have learned to feel the confirming witness of the Holy Ghost, witnessing the truth of the restored Gospel, of the divinely directed organization of the Church, and of God's plan of happiness that includes life as a child of God before mortality and the promise of life forever with God after mortality.

How I live my faith

At church I participate in helping the elderly and the single women in our congregation. I personally share responsibility for assiting an elderly couple in our congregation in their 80's. I cut their grass each week, help fix things around their house, and of course keep their computer in good working order.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mike
The scriptures teach of that man is by nature selfish. Tithing provides each individual the opportunity to overcome natural, selfish tendancies and show faith that obedience to God's commandments will lead to greather happiness than worldly pursuits. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mike
In my employment at a technology company in Floriday, a group of Mormon's were among many others participating in mandatory training. At lunch we noticed that a gay member of our organization was sitting alone, shuned by others. We walked over an joined her for lunch. She asked an interesting question: "Why is it that you Mormons, who have the strongest beliefs against the gay lifestlye, always treat me with the greatest kindness among all of my co-workers?" We explained that we believe that God has condemned homosexuality and has declared to be a sin, but we believe that God still loves every individual as one of his children. We each have our own challenges, weaknesses and sins, perhaps not as noticable as hers, but it would be hypocritical to treat her unkindly because we consider her choices to be sinful. She of course wanted to know why homosexuality was such a serious sin. We explained that all sexual sins are serious becuase they involve failure to comply with God's very distinct protection of and commanded restraint concerning the pro-creative powers; the most godlike powers possed by mankind. Show more Show less