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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Las Vegas. I served 15 years in the Army. I fly helicopters. I love my wife and kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and was the second youngest Eagle Scout in the Nation when I earned the award. After some college I joined the Army to become a Korean Linguist / Interrogator. After a few years I attended Army Flight School and became a Helicopter Instructor Pilot. I served for 15 years all over the United States as well as in Bosnia and Iraq. I have a Masters degree in Aeronautical Science with specialties in Aviation Operations and Education Technology. I currently work in Aviation Compliance and as a helicopter check pilot for the World's Largest Air Medical transport company. I enjoy anything outdoors like hiking, camping, mountain biking, and running. My favorite activity is sharing my time with my wonderful wife and children.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was growing up I never attended church with much regularity. I would occasionally go with friends but always had a feeling like I didn't do my homework. I always felt that my "church" was just spending time outdoors but I did believe there was some supreme power or being. The most active I had been in any church was when I became a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in upstate New York. It was basically a social group of people that were all inclusive and welcoming but didn't align with any specific dogma or creed. While it was a great group of people, I still felt as if it wasn't true as it was guided more by the people and what they felt suited their needs at the present time. My beliefs have always aligned with Christianity but it didn't make sense to me that our Heavenly Father wouldn't still communicate with us as his children. I grew up in an area with lots of LDS people but had never listened to their beliefs...I was victim to the same misinformation and misunderstanding that surrounds the Church today. Moving to Colorado I met a wonderful woman that invited some LDS Missionaries over to join the two of us for dinner at her apartment. That was the first night I learned anything about religion that ever felt right and true. After over a year of investigating th Church I had read almost every manual and handbook I could get my hands on. I wanted to make sure what I felt was real and it wasn't until I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know the truth that I was convinced that this was the truly the restored Church of Jesus Christ. The doubt that I always carried with me that there had to me modern revelations was put to rest when I learned that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led my a modern day Prophet called by and acting under the authority of our Heavenly Father. This Church is not led by mere men and their desires but rather through inspiration and promptings of our Creator.

How I live my faith

I was Baptized in August 2009 and have since served mainly in the Scouting programs. I am currently a Varsity Scout Coach and work with youth between 14-18 years old. I also home teach several families which means I visit with them regularly to see if they need help with anything. Service is a big part of the LDS church and it is sincere.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Michael
Most definately and this is one of the most uplifting doctrines held by the church. By living worthily and participating in specific ordinances it is possible for families to be together forever. What a sad belief to think that when our loved one's die we will never see them again. By following the principles of our faith, our Heavenly Father's plan of salvation will lead us to an eternal life with our loved ones. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Michael
Temple worship is very sacred and anyone that chooses to live the principles of the church and is found worthy can enter the Temple. There is a difference between "secret" and "sacred" but that is confusing to many people. The Temple is the most sacred place on Earth and is the House of the Lord. Many of the ordinances performed in the Temple would seem strange without the knowledge of the truths that one must learn prior to being granted access. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Michael
Baptism is one of the required ordaninces that we are commanded to complete in order to live with our Heavenly Father again. Anyone that didn't have the opportunity to get Baptized by proper Priesthood authority can have this performed by Proxy by worthy latter-day saints in the Temple. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Michael
Clearly that is the case. It isn't called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nothing! Another easy sign is to visit one of the many church buildings in your town and take a look around at all of the beautiful artwork or engage in a conversation with one of our many active members to hear their testimony of the savior. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Michael
Absolutely not. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Michael
It is the basic organizational structure of the Church. A Ward is similar to what some may know as a congregation and it is based on a geographical area where you live. This way each section of membership is equally distributed and organized. A Stake is made up of multiple Wards and a Branch is usually in areas with smaller populations of members. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Michael
Yes. This is one of many wonderful things that is found in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Michael
Yes. In fact, the Holy Bible is part of what we call the Standard Works....Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and the Pearl of Great Price. This is the thick book you may have seen many LDS members carrying back and forth to church. It is often called a "Quad" as it contains all four sections I just mentioned. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Michael
Through following the true and restored gospel of Jesus Christ it is possible to achieve eternal life and live again with our Heavenly Father. Everything about the LDS Church provides help in living worthily to achieve this goal. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Michael
Coming to this website is an awesome first step but you can only learn so much from reading pages on a screen. Invite the missionaries into your home and feel the uplifting spirit that they will bring. It will be like nothing you have ever experienced if you sincerely listen to the lessons they will share. Show more Show less