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Hi I'm Michael Sessions

2 March 2014, the eve of my wife and I entering the MTC in preparation of a mission to the Philippines Iloilo Mission.

About Me

Turned 67 July 21. I am an old retired school teacher/administrator from Idaho. I have a lovely wife and five living children and fifteen grand children. I am an Air Force Veteran. I love to hunt, fish, ride bicycles, write, read, and play rough with the grand kids. I have taken up watercolor painting and love it very much. We prepare to head out on another mission in January. Looking forward to that with great expectation.

Why I am a Mormon

The Spirit has testified to me that the LDS Church is the only true, correct, and complete church on the earth. I have felt the Spirit and have heard the Lords "still small voice" often. He has guided me when frightened, saved me in harrowing dangerous times, and He has treated me with mercy often. I do love our Savior. As did the Prophet Joseph, I know what I know and Father in Heaven knows that I know. It would be foolish to deny the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know also that the Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the Gospel. What do I know . . . That God lives . . . that He loves His Son, the Savior and they love us. The Savior is kind and merciful and forgiving (John 8:3-11). Joseph was a prophet. The Gospel must be shared among all of us, and we all accept the "good news" which is: Have faith in the Lord Jesus and His atonement, Repent, be baptized by one having authority, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. These things I know.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying desperately "to endure to the end." I rise each morning and study the scriptures. I am working on patience (one thing at a time) as one attribute of the Savior that I need most. I pray for charity, and I pray often. I am a faithful tithe payer and fast offering giver and I seek opportunities to serve my brothers and sisters here for the Master. Weekly I attend church. Sacrament meeting is where one can approach the Lord's alter and offer a broken heart and contrite spirit, and covenant with the Lord to always remember Him and keep His commandments. In return, He promises His Spirit to be with us. Our mission president, President Tate, used to say, "There is no getting ahead of the Lord." President Tate was absolutely correct. My daily scripture study entails careful reading, as I am able, in the New Testament and Book of Mormon. I purchase the paperback, inexpensive copies and read for various themes and mark the scriptures thoroughly. I make notes in a study/revelation journal. It is at these study sessions that I receive personal revelation regarding the scriptures, my life and questions, and my behavior as a father, husband, and friend. So, my testimony is that Jesus is the Christ. He leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I receive revelation when I attend church, when I read the scriptures, and when I listen closely to the Spirit throughout the day. This clearly does not happen enough. Working on it . . .

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Michael Sessions
I believe as did the Prophet Alma, Alma chapter 30 verse 44 ". . . The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and the motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." All things denote that God is in control, the master scientist. The earth is a magnificent creation and the life thereon. Father knows all, and that is evident in His creations of the heavens and the Earth. The birth, growth, and development of my children and grandchildren testify to me that there is a God. The Spirit has testified to me often of the Father and His Son. The Spirit tells me the scriptures are true, verifying the reality of Father in Heaven. He is kind, merciful, loving and he loves us more than we can know or understand at this time. He wants to bless us. He is not angry and vengeful. He is a perfect Father. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Michael Sessions
The scriptures assure us that God and the Savior do not change. They are the same "yesterday, today, and forever." A few instances . . . Malachi Chapter 3, verse 6, Moroni Chapter 10, verse 7&19, Hebrews Chapter 13, verse 8 . . . Why would a perfect, all knowing God need to change? He makes no mistakes. He does not fail, nor does He experiment. He has always blessed His children, us, with prophets and apostles to lead and guide in His church. He has called prophets in each dispensation of time to testify of Christ and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul, writing to the Ephesians, explained to the new church members that they were no more gentile strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, members of Christ's Church. And the church was ". . . built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." Ephesians Chapter 2, verses19-20. Ephesians Chapter 4, verses11-14 also describe the make-up of Jesus' church. God will not change the perfect organization of His Church. So, we may be secure in knowing that Jesus Christ's Church will have apostles and prophets, and will be called after His name. One can surely recognize His church by its organization. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Michael Sessions
There is no better, more sure way, than to read the Book of Mormon and pray asking with "real intent" if the book is true and if the Church is true. Moroni Chapter 10, verse 4. Moroni writes about receiving the words of the Book of Mormon and goes on to recommend to readers, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that you would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye 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." If the Book of Mormon is true, and I testify that it is, then Joseph Smith was a prophet. If he was a prophet, then his testimony it true and so is the church he was instructed to restore. There is no greater way to "KNOW" than to have the Spirit testify that the Church is true, that Jesus is the Christ. It is what the Spirit does. You will recognize His testimony because it will be pure, peaceable, gentle, soft, and quiet, full of mercy and love. (James Chapter 3, verse 17.) There will be an additional testimony that the Church is true as well. It will be Lucifer. His testimony will be loud, angry, enraged, furious that you even looked at the Church of Jesus Christ. It is not as pleasing as the testimony of the Spirit, but count on it. It may come from your pastor, your family, your friends, but the spirit of contention is the Devil's specialty. (James Chapter 3, verses 14 thru 16.) Show more Show less