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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into the church. Both my father's and mother's ancestors traveled with the Mormon Pioneers across the plains and into the Salt Lake Valley. I have been very blessed to serve in several callings in the church. In my professional life I have worked in Business, Law, Healthcare, High-Tech, and Education. I have also recently returned to college as a dual major in Psychology and Sustainability. I am a widower and I have no children. My hobbies include pinochle, amateur radio, and photography. I also have two small poodle mixes that i rescued.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a genuine testimony that no other church on the earth has the fullness of scripture, priesthood, or as complete an understanding of Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation made available to everyone on the earth. I am also grateful for the true understanding that families can be eternal and that through obedience to Heavenly Father we can live with our loved ones forever.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my ward. I also go to the temple whenever I get the chance. I love going to temple. I also like taking part in opportunities to assist others in my community as well as those in my ward. I like that my bishop feels like I am someone he can count on. I am currently serving as the Ward Clerk, which is basically the scribe and bookkeeper for the bishop and the ward.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mike
Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are welcome to attend. It is common for families to attend, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation. A typical meeting would consist of the following: Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). Prayers: Offered by local Church members. Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less