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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a runner. I'm a computer nerd. I'm a husband and father. I love being creative and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, studying computer science. I am married to an angel and have a cute little boy. I guess you can say I love nature - I enjoy camping and fishing. I love to take photos; I still use my little digital camera to take thousands of pictures of nature and animals. I like to make people laugh and smile. I run a lot. I ran cross country and track in high school. Believe it or not, I love to bake, especially chocolate chip cookies and bread. I enjoy learning and discovering.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a younger teenager, I had wondered if what my parents had taught me concerning the church were all true. I had always felt like it was something good for me and I enjoyed being a member, but I didn't know for sure if I truly believed it in my heart. My dad told my family one Monday evening that if we wanted to know if these things were true, we should read and study about it, think about it in our minds, and then to ask God if it is true. Just as simple as that! He then told me that he knew it was true, because he had received an answer to his prayers. I couldn't sleep that evening. I decided to read some more scripture passages in the Book of Mormon and then pray to my Heavenly Father. Even though I had already prayed about the church several times before, I truly believed that God could give me an answer to my prayers that night. As I knelt down and asked God if these things were true, I received a calming feeling. Though there were no words, I felt inside that I had received my answer. Following that simple little answer, I decided to truly apply the teachings of the scriptures in my life. I began to look for ways to serve others. I began to treat my brothers and sisters in a better way. I remember praying for my sister and that I might be a better brother to her. I remember doing something wrong to my younger brother and realizing that what I had done was not what Jesus Christ would do. Remembering His teachings of repentance, I asked my brother for forgiveness and told him I was sorry. I remember reading further in the Book of Mormon and learning more about who I should be - more charitable, faithful, diligent, humble. As I've acted and tried to improve, I've felt pure joy and happiness. I've received that comforting feeling over and over from my Heavenly Father, encouraging me to go on and on. I've never felt so much joy and happiness in my life! I'm convinced that there is a great difference between the words "fun" and "joy". Fun is had in camping in the forest, riding a bike for the first time or canoeing in a lake. But joy is experienced when surprising your parents with "breakfast in bed", talking with and comforting your sister who is having a hard time at school, or seeing that smile on a young boy's face after showing him how to ride his bike. Fun is limited, but joy lasts. I've felt that joy as I have applied Jesus Christ's teachings in my life. That's not to say that my life has been easy at all. Joy comes from doing good and becoming better - improving. I am a Mormon because I know it is the source of true happiness and true joy. I am a Mormon because I've received an answer to my prayers from a loving heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because it holds all of the truths that can improve our lives now and forever.

How I live my faith

In the church, we are given callings to serve and help one another. Right now, I have a calling which is to take care of the finances and membership records for our local congregation. Besides callings in the church, I also believe that I have a calling at home: to be a good husband and father. I don't think there is anything more important than taking care of my family.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mike
My immediate answer is that God loves all of His children, including those who haven't been baptized by the correct authority. That is why we do baptisms for those who have passed on, so that everyone will have a chance to return to their Heavenly Father. We believe that God loves all of His children. He wants all of us to come back to Him after this life. He has provided the path back - through Faith, Repentance, Baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. But unfortunately, there are many people that haven't even heard about this path. There are many who have never even heard of God or Jesus Christ. The Savior said this Himself, "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto eternal life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). We believe that God is a just and fair God. Everyone will have an opportunity to return to God. That is why He has commanded us to perform baptism for those who have passed on. I am so grateful for this knowledge. I know that it is truly a commandment from our loving Heavenly Father. I've been able to perform baptisms for the dead and I've felt a special feeling from the Holy Ghost saying that it is true. I believe that that feeling was a witness to me of God's love for His children...all of them. Show more Show less