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Hi I'm Mike

I'm from Utah. I'm 39 years old and I love my wife and 4 kids. I work in sales. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 4 wonderful daughters, the youngest is 4 and the oldest is 13. I love spending time with my wife and kids. I enjoy playing golf, camping, snow skiing, reading the news, and working in my garden. I coach my oldest daughter's soccer team. I love to watch sports, especially college football and professional basketball. I'm a die-hard Utah Jazz fan! 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I experience true joy when I live by the teachings of my church. Because of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have grown closer to Jesus Christ and continue to learn more about His atonement and what it means for me. I was born and raised in the Mormon church. My parents were, and still are, very devout members of the LdS Church as well as all of my siblings. I have attended services since as far back as I can remember. Despite this, I have been converted to my faith. As a youth, I never doubted my faith. How could I? It was the religion of my family and many of my friends. Living in Utah, you are surrounded by many people who are members of the church. As I approached my 19th birthday, my mission loomed on the horizon. In my church, young men are strongly encouraged to serve a 2 year mission where we leave our homes and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Women also may serve missions. They serve for 18 months and can go when they are 21 years old I always had a desire to serve a mission for my church. However, I began to realize that I had never truly looked to discover for myself if my church was the right one--the true church--as we call it. I had simply relied on the faith of my parents. As Mormons, we believe in many things that might seem very different to some. For example, we believe that a young boy named Joseph Smith, at the age of 14, prayed to discover which church to join and subsequently was visited personally by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. He was directed to start this church, and additionally brought to light the Book of Mormon. How was I to go on a mission and teach these bold teachings if I did not know for myself that they were true? How was I to know that these fantastic claims by Joseph Smith really happened? Near the end of the Book of Mormon, there is a verse in Moroni chapter 10 verses 3-4 which promises us that each of us can receive a personal revelation from God as to whether the book is inspired of God or not. It says " Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things The Book of Mormon, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I decided that I would immerse myself in the study of the Book of Mormon and ask God to reveal to me whether it was a true book or not, just as the verse had challenged me to do. I read the book every day, and every night I got on my knees and pleaded with God to give me an answer. Days turned into weeks, and I still had received no answer. I was about to give up hope, when one night I was reading, I had an amazing rush of love, excitement, and joy seemingly wash over my entire body. I stopped reading and wondered in my mind if that was my answer. The exact same feeling came again, and it was if the Lord was saying "Yes, Mike. This is a true book. These are the words of Christ." Ever since then, I have been able to declare without any doubt that I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book. Because of this, I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God. And because of this, I know that God lives and His Son Jesus Christ really is the Savior of the World.

How I live my faith

I attend my church each Sunday. There are 3 meetings that I attend with my family, each lasting about 1 hour. The most important one is called Sacrament Meeting. During this meeting we sing hymns, pray, listen to speakers who are usually fellow member of the congregation, and most importantly, we take the sacrament. The sacrament is similar to communion in other faiths. There is bread, which represents the body of Christ, and there is water instead of wine which represents that blood of Christ. We partake of the bread and the water to remember Christ and His Atonement and to renew our baptismal covenant that we will follow Him throughout our lives. All members of the church attend this meeting, including our children. People who are not members of our church are also welcome to attend all three meetings as well. The other two meetings are where we divide into groups for further learning and study of the Gospel. The women attend a class just for them, while the men break off into their own groups. The youth also separate and are taught by adult volunteers. I happen to be a teacher for the 16-18 year old young men in our ward. We call our church congregation a "ward". I prepare a lesson for them each Sunday. During the week, we attend a weekly activity with the youth where we focus on other subjects. The boys come casually dressed and we focus on boy scouts, service projects, career preparation, and mission preparation, among other things. Once a month we combine with the teenage girls in our ward and we have a giant "combined activity", which is always a lot of fun. I love serving in my church. I'm grateful that I am able to be an active participant in the services.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Mike
No. We are encouraged to be active in our communities and to exercise our right to vote, however the Church is very careful to remain neutral in the political arena. Members are reminded during each election that membership lists and buildings are not to be used to endorse or help anyone involved in a political campaign. The only exception to this rule is when there is a moral issue at stake. Then the Church reserves the right to speak out in favor of or against an issue. Examples of this might include times when propositions or initiatives are on ballots that would legalize gambling, or pornography, or legalize something that would be harmful to society. The most recent example is when the Church became involved in the Proposition 8 ballot in California that banned gay marriage. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Mike
Yes. If it was important for the children of Israel to have a prophet all those many years ago, it is even more important for us, in this complicated day and age, to have a living prophet. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mike
No. Young men at the age of 19 are expected to serve missions, but it is not a requirement. A young man may choose not to serve a mission and still remain in good standing within the church. Both my father and father-in-law did not serve missions, and are very active, faithful men in the church. (Although both of them wish they had served) Young women are not expected to serve missions, but may do so when they reach the age of 21. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mike
No. We consider him a great prophet and the founder of our church, and nothing more. We worship God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mike
We believe in the bible because it is the word of God. We believe that God has called prophets throughout history to teach His word to the people of the earth, and the bible is the record of these prophets who were called in the old world. We value the bible greatly and use it regularly in our studies, along with other scriptures called the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. One of my favorite verses in the bible is Matthew Chapter 5 where the Savior gives the Sermon on the Mount. As a family, we study the bible regularly. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mike
Because we are different and, at times, misunderstood. Many people think that we are brainwashed and will blindly follow our church leaders, no matter what. I follow my leaders by my own free will and choice. Some think that we are trapped in our religion and cannot ever leave it, which is not true. I have some friends and family members who have left the church and still happily co-exist with family and friends who remain in the faith. I could stop attending the church at any time, and even ask to have my name to be removed from the records of the church if I so desired. The only thing that would result from that would be a visit from my bishop and one other elder in the church to make sure I understood the consequences of my request. (Well, I'm certain my mother would pay a visit as well.) :) As members, we are encouraged to associate with friends and neighbors, to be actively involved in our communities, and to be productive and law-abiding citizens. Hardly "cult" like behavior, when that term is used in the negative sense as it often is. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike
We believe that without the grace and mercy offered by Jesus Christ, there is no salvation for mankind. We believe that it is only through the blood and mercy of Christ that we can be saved. It is impossible for us to overcome the effects of sin and death alone. However we don't believe that we only have to accept Jesus once in our lives and we are saved, no matter what else we do in this life. We believe that to truly accept Christ and follow him, we will strive to keep His commandments and repent of our sins throughout our entire lives. We promise to "endure to the end". Christ has commanded us to follow Him, and we do this by being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost by one with authority, by praying, by attending church, by caring for the poor and needy, by being kind to each other, etc. Basically, by striving to be like Christ in everything that we do. When we do these things, we truly show Christ that we believe in Him and will follow Him. However, no matter how righteous we are in this life, no matter how much good we do, it would mean NOTHING if it were not for Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Without His grace and mercy, we are nothing. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Mike
In the Bible in John 3:5, Christ taught Nicodemus that in order to enter the kingdom of God, he had to be "born again", or in other words, he needed to be baptized. He said "Verily verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." So in order to enter the kingdom of God, we must believe in Jesus Christ and baptized. What about all of the people who have lived and died on the earth without ever hearing the name of Jesus Christ, let alone being baptized? Would it be fair to deny them entry into God's kingdom simply because they were born at the wrong time? Or in the wrong place? That wouldn't be fair. God has lovingly provided a way for those people who never had the chance to be baptized in this life to receive it in the next life, if they so choose. This is done through a practice we call "baptism for the dead". Basically, this means that I can research my ancestors and submit their names to the temple for baptism and other sacred ordinances to be performed on their behalf. For example, I could find information on my great grandfather, and then go to the temple and I would be baptized in his place. We believe that those who have passed on without hearing the teachings of Christ will be taught them on the other side. Now, this does not automatically mean that my great grandfather is now a member of the LdS church. My hope is that he accepts the baptism, however we believe that even in the afterlife, people have their free agency and can choose to accept or reject any work we do for them here in our temples. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Mike
The Law of Chastity means that we will not engage in sexual relations with the opposite or same sex before marriage, and after marriage we will only engage in these sacred sexual relations with our legally and lawfully wedded spouse of the opposite sex. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Mike
Start by installing filters on your computers at home. There are many that are free and easy to download and are pretty effective. My wife and I each know half of the password. That way, if I want to access a website that is blocked by the filter, way wife will know since I need her type in her half of the password. If she wants to access a blocked website, she has to have me enter my half. This works great. There is much pornography on TV. We are very careful to monitor what we watch as a family. There is so much junk out there--even on non-cable channels. If there is pornography, we call it what it is and shut it off or change the channel. I've also written advertisers who were sponsoring a show that I found offensive and told them I would not purchase their products if they insisted on advertising on such a show. Most importantly, talk about it openly as a family. Teach your children what pornography is and why it is destructive and dangerous.  Show more Show less