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Hi I'm Mike

Family is what is most important to me!

About Me

The most important thing to me, without question, is my family. I grew up on a small farm and learned many things about life while working with my father and other family members. I now try to pass along those same values and ethics that I learned to my own family. Even though I no longer live on the farm I still look for opportunities to teach the great satisfaction and joy that comes from hard work. As a family we love to travel, play games and help around our community.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon brings me such great joy and happiness that I cannot even imagine what my life would be without it. I have come to understand that obedience to God's commandments is the true path to happiness. Being a Mormon helps me to understand what the will of God is for my life and helps me to do that will.

How I live my faith

I serve as a "home teacher" in the church. This means that my son and I watch over and help a couple of families in our congregation. We visit their homes each month and teach a short gospel lesson. We pray with them and ask them how they are doing in school, at work and at home. They know that if they have a need they can call us at any time. Recently one of the fathers that we home teach had a minor surgery. We took the family some home made soup and visited about what else we could do for them as the father recovered. I also serve in an administrative office in the church. I act as a secretary to the "Stake President". The Stake President is the ecleseastical leader who oversees several congregations. I help with putting together an annual calendar of meetings and activities for the congregations and sit in on planning meetings on how better to teach the gospel to church members. My wife serves in a women's organization that focuses on faith, family and charity. Our son serves in a youth organiztion which teaches leadership, accountability and service. We love serving in the church. A Book of Mormon prophet once wrote, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Mike
My wife and I have a son who been preparing to serve as a missionary since he was just a little boy. He has a "Mission Savings Account" at our bank and he faithfully puts a portion of all the money he earns into this account so that he can pay for his own missionary service. We feel that if he earns the money for his own mission the experience will be much more valuable to him. Most mormon youth earn some if not all of the money for their missions. The portion that they cannot earn for themselves is often donated by parents, grandparents and other family and friends. A fund is set up in each congregation where members can donate to help those young men and women who do not have the ability or opportunity to pay for their own missions. Show more Show less