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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a husband, father and professional writer. I'm an adult convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I have a wife and an eight year old son - they are the center of my life and bring me so much joy. I'm so glad I get to live with them for eternity! My passion is fiction writing - I've published 64 books and intend to keep writing until the day I die (no retirement for me!). I'm a sci-fi and fantasy geek. I'm also an information lover - I enjoy surfing the web and reading the encyclopedia. I love trivia games, chess, and other games of knowledge or skill (I hate games of chance like cards, dice, etc.). I'm pretty cerebral - I enjoy history, geography, geology, physics, chemistry, philosophy, technology, literature, and music. I'm not very sporty, but I love nature and travel (though I'm getting too old for camping - I like my own bed!). I recently took up cycling and love it. I used to be a musician and still have a great love of music, with very eclectic tastes. I wish I had enough time to read all the books I want to read. I am the only member of the Church in my family, though my parents have always been supportive.

Why I am a Mormon

It seems I've always known that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World. My parents taught me to pray, and I believe that went a long way toward helping me to recognize the Spirit. Once I was a young adult, I searched for the truth in various places. In 1993, someone gave me a Book of Mormon. The first thing I read was the prophet Joseph Smith's testimony of the First Vision (found in the Pearl of Great Price). I knew right away that what Joseph Smith said was true. I knew it was true because the Holy Ghost witnessed to me, directly, spirit-to-spirit, with an amazing power. Since I immediately knew that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, it followed logically that the Book of Mormon was true. So I read it without skepticism, knowing that what I was reading was an inspired translation of actual ancient records. When I first started attending the LDS church in 1996, I quickly realized what had been missing in the other churches I had tried: the Holy Spirit. I felt it strongly in the LDS sacrament meetings, and I felt truly at home for the first time in my life. Indeed, I was home. Being the first member in my family, it’s important to me to share my thoughts and feelings on these things with family, friends, and strangers – but especially my family - which is why I started a "faith" blog in 2008. When you have received something wonderful, it’s natural to want to share it! Over the last 20 years, my gospel knowledge has grown stronger, bolstered by a thorough study of doctrine, careful reading of the scriptures, regular prayer, church service, and undeniable personal experiences. My life has been so blessed!

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to my life. It is the focus of my family. We pray together daily - individually, as a couple, and as a family - as well as having regular scripture study. We go to church each Sunday, and participate in other activities during the week. We hold a family night each Monday night. We have a spiritually-centered family council each Sunday night, where we plan our week and set goals. Since I joined the Church in 1996, I have had the opportunity to serve in many different callings in the Church. My favorite callings are the ones that really stretch me because they are demanding. Growing as a result of serving is a pleasure to me, and makes me feel like I'm doing what I came to earth to do. I have served in leadership positions, I've worked with the youth, and I've taught the little children. I've also been involved in missionary work. I love going to the temple with my wife once or twice per month, as time allows. It is a beautiful, peaceful refuge from the world. I look forward to Sundays, when I get to rest from my labors of the week, be with family, associate with friends, and serve my neighbors. There is nothing more powerful and energizing than feeling the spirit.