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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a school teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work at a school in Bountiful, Utah. I teach English to ninth graders. I also work with curriculum writing and mentoring students who struggle. I also do some of my own writing occasionally. I married a wonderful woman in 2003, and we have two beautiful children: a son and a daughter. Outside of work I split my time between serving in the Church, playing in a community band, and coaching my son's AYSO soccer team. I love college football. I love barbecuing in my back yard. I love making people laugh. I love my wife, my son, and my daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the Lord Jesus Christ and I want to serve Him. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me to do that. The Church helps me to learn of Him, find out how He wants me to live my life, and serve others as I teach them about Him. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has testified to me that the Lord has restored His gospel to the earth, and that the gospel is found in this Church. I am a Mormon because I know that this Church is led by a prophet, called by God to teach us the gospel and to show us the way to live so we can return to Him after we die.

How I live my faith

I spend time visiting my neighbors' homes to make sure their needs are being met. Sometimes this means helping them to teach their children about our Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes I get to help them in more temporal ways. One of my favorite experiences is the opportunity to provide Thanksgiving dinners for people in need. This is a great opportunity for two reasons: I get to see the gratitude of the families receiving help, and the humility and love of God of the families who donate food for the project. I learn about my family history, largely thanks to the website new.familysearch.org. This helps me to connect with my past and to prepare for my future, so I can tell my children about their ancestors. But more importantly, I live my faith by teaching my children to love the Savior. My greatest joy is hearing one of them express how much they love Jesus.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mormons perform baptisms for the dead because we believe that the soul is eternal, and because we believe baptism is essential to return to the presence of God. Another reason for the ordinance is our belief in eternal families: we want to be with our families in heaven, so we make sure that our ancestors have received the ordinances that will allow them to be with us. The first of those ordinances is baptism. We perform baptisms for the dead for our deceased ancestors, hoping that they will accept the ordinance performed on their behalf and receive all the other principles and ordinances of the gospel. Show more Show less