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Hi I'm Michael.

I enjoy knowledge, machinery of all kinds, and learning continually. Am I am Mormon? Indeed I am.

About Me

I am the middle child of three. I was born in eastern Indiana but have traveled and lived in many places in the United States and abroad. My interest in machines of all kinds lead me to study engineering in Indiana (IU/Purdue) and in Utah (U of U). While studying at the U of U I met my wife. We have two wonderful children. My hobbies revolve around machines of all kinds ranging from knitting machines to power stations. I enjoy fixing things and teaching others how to make repairs for themselves. I enjoy learning and exploring the vast knowledge of mankind. I also enjoy viewing that knowledge through the lens of the restored gospel. My parents joined the church when I was three years old so I am, well, a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had the benefit of living in many places and experiencing different cultures. Wherever I have lived the restored gospel and the Church have played a role in my life. Over the years the principles and truths contained in the gospel have served me, tested me, edified me, and protected me in any place or any set of conditions. My testimony has been forged through experience and faith. Above all the restored gospel provides me with answers I cannot find elsewhere. It also has taught me to have a relationship with my Savior and my Father in Heaven. From Them I can learn anything needed in my life. Knowledge, understanding, truth, the promise of eternal life; these are some of the reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I serve. Applying the principle of service continues to help me to develop patience, charity, understanding, and compassion. It has helped me to see past my own flaws to the results that come from serving others. For me service is an outward expression of those truths I hold dear; the truths of the restored gospel.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The short answer is worthiness. Our Savior, who is the head of His church, has set criteria. Aligning our lives to meet them results in access to the temple. Our compliance with the laws and principles of the gospel refines our lives and helps us maintain our worthiness to enter these sacred places. The activities of the temples are considered sacred. As such the ordinances and experiences of the temple are often intensely personal. These experiences and learning bring us closer to our Father, our Savior, and magnify our understanding of the gospel. It is natural then to hold those spiritual experiences close and dear as well as sacred. In the temple ordinances are performed to provide baptism for those who did not have the opportunity to receive it in their lifetime. Also provided are sacred ordinances that have the power to bind husband, wife, and families together for eternity. Show more Show less