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Hi I'm Mike.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and live in California with my wife and last of our four children. The first three have married and left the nest. I enjoy spending time with my wife travelling and seeing new places, although we've not travelled alot. We like to scuba. My wife prefers warm water, but I'll go just about anywhere. I also enjoy trying to figure out how to make a golf ball go where I want instead of where it wants.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a "Mormon" during my senior year in high school. I had taken a trip to Hawaii with my brother, who had been talking to missionaries, and while there, we visited the Hawaii Temple on Oahu. There was something about it that touched me and warranted further investigation. Upon returning home, I began talking to the missionaries. What they taught me made sense and just felt right. I had been attending many other denominations for the past several years with friends, but none had the feeling and the answers I got when attending the LDS church. After study and prayer, I knew it was the right thing to do. That was 38 years ago.

How I live my faith

Living my faith, as a Mormon, is quite different than most religions. To be an active Latter-day Saint required time, effort and sacrifice. In my daily routine, I try to live normal Christian virtues. I try to give of my time. I have been able to serve in many volunteer capacities and organizations. As I have an interest in first aid and emergency care, I have been able to work with the National Ski Patrol as well as be a volunteer sports trainer for one of our local high school football teams for 6 years. At work I've been able to volunteer as a first aid/CPR instructor for many years. This has been beneficial in the past working with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a leader and merit badge counselor. In church, we are expected to serve in various capacities. Since there is no paid clergy, we serve for a period and then pass the responsibility to others allowing all an opportunity to serve and grow. Over the years I have been fortunate to serve in Adult, Youth and Children's leadership positions as well as teach the Gospel at almost all age levels. Each "calling" as they are referred to comes with it's own challlenges and growth opportunities. I've not always been successful as I'm human and have many faults. But in every calling, I have learned something new about myself and learned to appreciate each time a little more the love the Savior has for us.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Mike.
Ths church believes that abortion as a method of birth control is not within the teachings of the Gospel, however, there are circumstances where after conferring with a qualified physician and with prayer, the final decision lies with the mother. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mike.
No, Mormons do NOT worship Joseph Smith. We worship the God of Heaven and Earth as taught in the Holy Scriptures. We do, however, revere Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Restoration and as such, regard his teachings and many of his writings as modern scripture equal to the writings of the ancient prophets and apostles. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike.
Yes, Mormons believe in the doctrine of grace since it is very clear in the scriptures that "it is by grace we are saved, after all we can do." We do believe that faith, on the other hand, by itself is not enough and that true faith will be followed by good works and thus, our expression of faith by our desire to do good will work together and make us worthy of that grace our Savior offers. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Mike.
Mormons believe that baptism must be performed by the proper authority or Priesthood and that that authority was lost not long after the Savior's crucifixion. That authority was resotred through the Prophet Joseph Smith thereby making baptism by proper authority once again possible. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Mike.
Tithing is used to meet the general financial obligations of the church. It is used to build chapels and Temples throughout the world and to support church educational facilities such as BYU and seminaries and institutes located at almost all colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Mike.
No. End of discussion. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Mike.
Yes I do, except he's clean shaven and dresses more contemporary wearing a white shirt and tie and didn't have to wander 40 years to find his home. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mike.
I have never understood this question. How can I be a member of "The Church of Jesus Christ" and not be Christian? We are criticized for having additional books of scripture. I would think all true Christians would rejoice in the added testimonies of ancient and current prophets that Jesus is the Christ. The purpose of the Book of Mormon is to testify to the world, with the Bible, that very thing....Jesus IS the Christ; the Son of the Living God. I do not understand the professed Christian denominations who would refute this. When they reject the Book of Mormon, they reject that very testimony of the Savior of all mankind. Show more Show less