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Hi I'm Michael

I am a husband and father, full time student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At this time I am a full time student at an online university where I study business management and religious studies. I am a husband, and father of two children. Up until 2010, I was a manager in the automotive collision repair industry, working at shops in Virginia, Nebraska, and Washington State. In September 2010, my family and I moved back to the east coast where I hope my degree will help me in my effort to change to a different career of some sort.

Why I am a Mormon

After many years of searching for a church home I investigated The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over two years. I had lengthy discussions with several missionaries over that time. I went back and forth between this church and others trying to find the place that I felt was right. Through studying the scriptures and many prayers, I received my testimony from the Spirit and knew that I had found the true church of Jesus Christ. Each time I attended services, I could feel the Spirit there with me. Suttle reminders were placed in my paths all the time when I would look over here...maybe what I'm looking for is this way. It never was and I always found myself back were I knew I should be. Everything I believe personally fit here. I have always believed that God is the same today as always. He did not stop being thousands of years ago. He still talks to us personally as well as through prophets like times of old. I believe in an open cannon and that The Book of Mormon is a second testament of our Savior Jesus Christ and the word of God. I believe in the plan of salvation and that we are here for a reason. We do not know all things now, but we have Heavenly Father's promise that He will reveal all things in his time. For all these reasons and more I was baptized on June 20th, 2009. My testimony is strengthened each week that I am able to attend services and General Conference is a time I look forward to twice a year. The knowledge of the gospel has helped me through many trials and I know that it will continue to as I proceed through this mortal journey. I am not perfect and in this life I know that I will not be. However, the first step in the journey is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and come to Him. That I have done and I will continue in my effort to become more like him.

How I live my faith

Even though I fall short often, I try to live my faith by being an example to those in my family and others that are around me, by living the gospel as I know I should. I use my status as a student at a large online university to be a type of missionary myself while discussing things in my class and forums there. It gives me an opportunity to spread the gospel to those that may not have other ways to hear it.

Are Mormons Christians?

This question get asked a lot and is one that was asked by my family as well. Christians by definition are followers of Jesus Christ, and that is exactly who we as Mormon are. We have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior and follow Him and strive to be more like Him. We know that He is the only means and name that we can be saved. Many will say that we believe in works and not His grace to save us. However what we believe and is clearly stated for all to see is that we believe when you accept Jesus Christ as your savior, there is a change in your life that occours. You are not the same as you were when you let Jesus into your life. You could say, to borrow a term, you are born again. However, no matter what we do in this life after accepting to bear our cross with him, we will fall short. We are not able to save ourselves, no matter what we do, only Jesus and His grace can do that. It is my testimony to all that read this that we are Christians. To find out more about what we believe, please visit www.mormon.org where you can find a great amount of information regarding the church, or feel free to contact me personally and I will be more than willing to help out. Show more Show less