Hi I'm Mike.
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 has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon, through its simplicity, confirms the testimony and writings of the prophets and apostles of the Holy Bible. By so doing, the Savior's teaching of the purpose of life becomes very clear. We are all children of a loving Father in Heaven who desires for all of us to return and live with Him for eternity. Through its teachings, the Book of Mormon clearly outlines the path we must follow to obtain eternal happiness.
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.