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Hi I'm Michael Mieczyslaw

I'm from Poland, I live in New Zealand, my wife and I have 11 kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Poland before WWII. During WWII, when I was four years old my family and I were taken to a Labour camp in Siberia where my mother and two elder sisters died from the harsh conditions. We were freed after Germany attacked Russia and the remaining members of my family and I went to Persia. My father and eldest brother went into the Polish army, and my next eldest brother and myself joined an orphanage where we stayed for two years. In 1944, along with over 700 Polish children, I moved to New Zealand and was lived in a Polish orphanage camp for another two years. When my father found where my brother and I were, I was fostered to a New Zealand family until the time that he could provide for our family. I got married to my sweetheart in my late twenties and we joined the church together a few years later. We have now been married for over 40 years, have 11 children, and 13 grand children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a devout member of another church before I met the missionaires. When I first met the missionaires I invited them in so that I could convert them to my faith. So began our first few discussions. However, the first time I read the Book of Mormon, my wife had laid it on the bed and left the room, before she returned I had started reading it and in that short time frame I had felt that the book was true. I decided to get baptised. My wife was supportive of my decision but was unsure of the church herself. By another miracle, she also had her own witness of the truthfulness of the church the night before my baptism and we ended up getting baptised together. We have been faithful members of the church for over 38 years and its been the best decision that we made in our lives!

How I live my faith

Firstly, I love to share the message of the church with every one I meet. I had several minor strokes about seven years ago and now I spend most of my time in a resthome. I use the opportunity of meeting so many people to share the gospel with the other residents. At church I am assigned to visit three families in my area to ensure that all their spiritual and physical needs are met. I do this monthly. I also ensure that other families in the area are being visited as well.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Michael Mieczyslaw
Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it with a sincere heart with a desire to know the truth. The Spirit will testify to you personally. You can feel the Spirit as a warm feeling in your heart and your mind will be clear, and you will know that Mormonism is true. Show more Show less