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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband, father, opera singer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

From the time I was little I was always singing and involved with music. Because of this, I went to college to study singing and am currently doing my master's in vocal performance. I hope to sing professionally and be a professor of music someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because it helps me to find peace and direction in my life. I've found that applying the teachings of the church in my life gives me strength to get through the difficulties I face, and know it can do the same for anyone else.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by choosing to do what is right, regardless of the situation. Sometimes I falter, but I've found as I do what is right there is a peace of conscious that is irreplaceable. I also try to be the best person I can be to everyone I meet and to build them up in whatever way I can.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mike
Being Mormon can be a great source of joy and frustration in the times we live in. Joyous because of the temporal and spiritual blessings we receive for doing what we are taught, but it can be difficult when the values the world is embracing are very contradictory to what we believe. Many times we have to make tough lifestyle decisions, which are sometimes unpopular or outright ridiculous to others. That being said, the peace we feel in our lives and the blessings we receive outweigh the potential consequences in the short term. Show more Show less

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

Mike
The church throughout its history has a strict policy regarding politics. It never has endorsed any party or candidate. We are encouraged to study out the politicians and/or policies during voting time and to choose who/what we feel follows our values, whether or not they are Mormon. In most instances, people running for political office are not of our faith, so we have to use prayer to help us know who will be the best at defending our values. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mike
We believe in Christ and through His atonement, and resurrection we can have eternal life if we follow his teachings. After the death of the apostles, the church began to fall away from its original teachings and structure. Because of this falling away, God took His priesthood, or authority, from the earth. Without the priesthood authority, many churches and incorrect beliefs began appear. In 1820, a 14 year old named Joseph Smith was searching for the truth in upstate New York. Where he lived many different religions were trying to recruit members, but he didn't know which to join. After reading in the scriptures, "If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God and it shall be given him", Joseph prayed to find out which church was true. While praying, he was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ and told none were true. He also was told he would be the person to bring back Christ's true church. A few years later, an angel give him plates of brass with ancient engravings on them. He translated them though the power of God, and it became the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon contains the history and teachings of those in the Americas before and after Christ's ministry in Jerusalem. From there, Christ directed Joseph how to organize the church and since then it has been directed by Christ on how to conduct its affairs and church doctrine. It has the same basic teachings and organization as Christ's original church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mike
Many people think Mormonism is a cult due to a lack of understanding. In reality, any religion could be considered a cult. The word cult is used as a way discredit the church, because many see it as very odd and in some ways extreme compared to their beliefs and traditions. While it is true the church is not a break off from Catholicism or Protestantism, we believe many of the same core principles. We believe in the Trinity, though we differ from many religions because we believe they are three separate beings. We believe in being honest, charitable, and doing good to all men. We believe that Christ suffered for our sins and that it is only through Him that we are saved. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mike
Mormons never have or ever will worship Joseph Smith. He is an important figure in our church due to his role in restoring God's church to the earth after years of apostasy, but we don't worship him. We believe he was a prophet of God, just like Moses, Noah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, etc... If we did worship him, it would be like worshiping an old testament prophet. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mike
When we come to church we wear our best dress clothes, usually a suit and tie for men and a nice dress for women. However, it's more important for people to be there than what they are wearing. If we don't wear the above, we wear something clean and modest. We celebrate many holidays in the church, the biggest include are those attributed to Christ (Christmas and Easter). We also celebrate important dates during church history, like when the pioneers landed in the Salt Lake valley, and anniversaries of church organizations. Depending on where members live, we also celebrate local customs as well, as long as they don't violate church beliefs. Show more Show less