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Hi I'm Mike.

I'm a husband. I'm a dad. I'm a baseball fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! In May of 2009, I married the most amazing woman on this Earth. Yeah, I don't care what anyone says, I convinced the most wonderful and loving person on this planet that I was the best for her. True story! The wait of our baby boy ended on September 30, 2010, and he is the cutest baby I've ever seen... I never use the word, "cute," and I'm not biased. I truly am the luckiest person ever!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the way I feel. I have nothing to hide from anyone, especially my wife. I have made many meaningful friendships throughout the years through church activities. My wife and I always feel welcome at church, and I love that. I continue going to church because I have gained a testimony for myself. I know it's true, and it makes me unbelievably happy. I love being a Mormon, and it has truly helped me become a better person.

How I live my faith

In church, I teach a lesson to the men of the ward usually once a month. Normally I get nervous beforehand, but in the end I feel that I walk away much more uplifted and taught than them. I'm not the most eloquent speaker or knowledgable teacher in the world, but I guess that's the Lord's way of helping me progress.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Everyone must be baptized in order to enter the Lord's kingdom. Our loving Heavenly Father wants all of us to be happy. We cannot be happy without being baptized into His church. He has set specific guidelines and requirements in order for our baptism to be eternally accepted. Currently, there are six billion people on the earth and only a small fraction have been baptized into the Lord's church. Jesus Christ, in his infinite wisdom, commanded us to build temples. Among the things that are done in the temple are baptisms for the dead. This is when worthy members are baptized as proxies for the dead, that they too may receive this required step. Literally EVERYONE has had or will have a chance to be baptized, whether in this life or the next. However, we must remember that baptism is not a destination; it is a gateway. If we say we will wait to be baptized, we are prolonging our progress. Our mentality and personality will not change after death. We will be the same people with the same habits, but without a body. I chose to be baptized, and I know that my family and I have been blessed abundantly because of that choice. I have the amazing opportunity to be baptized in the temple as a proxy for each of my ancestors individually who never had the chance to know of Christ's true church. I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that baptism is important and necessary for our eternal growth and happiness. If you want to be happy, get to know your Savior, Jesus Christ, and learn to obey his loving commandments. Your natural smile will never fade. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Bible and the Book of Mormon are both scripture. Various Christian churches all over the world believe in and use the Bible, including us. We are the only church in the world that believes in and uses the Book of Mormon as well. The Bible was written by prophets and apostles in and around Jerusalem. We know that people were led to the Americas by God, and that He loved them just as much as those in the Bible. Therefore, he called prophets in the Americas, as well, to teach them righteousness. These prophets on the American continents also wrote down the general history of events, and more importantly, teachings of Jesus Christ. The teachings in the Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand in hand. The Bible testifies of the Book of Mormon and vice versa. Neither book of scripture was written to be a history book, but rather to help us come unto Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Around 421 A.D., the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon, Moroni, buried the record of his people, now known as the Book of Mormon. At that time, this record was carved onto golden plates so they wouldn't decay over time. In 1823 A.D., The Lord Jesus Christ sent Moroni, now a ressurrected being, to reveal to Joseph Smith where the golden plates were. Joseph was commanded to translate them into English, and he did so by the power of God. No man could have done this except he were called of God. I know through the power of the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and so can you. Your Heavenly Father loves you, too, and He'll send His Spirit to show you where to find the truth. Show more Show less