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Hi I'm Mike

My name is Mike. My wife and I live in south Texas. We have four adult children and 14 grandchildren.We raise cattle and chickens.

About Me

I work in the oil business and have lived all over the world. Currently we live in South Texas near San Antonio. We have 14 grandchildren and four adult children along with their spouses. I am completing my PHd in organizational management and have an MBA from Pepperdine, and a BA from National Univ. My wife and I raise cattle and other critters on our place in the Texas Hill county. As a Church member I am a former Bishop of a family congregation and currently serve as the Bishop of a Young Single Adult congregation called the Alamo 1st Ward. We love working with the young singles, ages 18-30. They are making life long decisions at this stage of their life and it’s a great blessing to serve with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church 37 years ago as a young adult. I initally was so impressed with the Church's pioneers and why they would face such hardship for their religion. I was compelled to read the Book of Mormon and listen to the gospel discussions to better understand why someone would endure such treatment and remain faithful. As I have lived the life of a Latter Day Saint for most of my life, I know why they were both able and willing to live their religion. Once you believe that Jesus is the Christ and that the plan of happiness he provided is true it’s hard to be a part time believer. For me being Mormon is the best thing that ever happened to me. It has provided me with a loving family, a set of values and ethics that has allowed me to have a successful and satisfying life.

How I live my faith

I tried to live my life aligned with my beliefs. We believe in not using alcohol or tobacco, we do not swear, and try to follow the golden rule and treat everything we do as if the Savior was standing alongside of us. I have served in the Church since my baptism 37 years ago. While my family was young I served in young men’s and Sunday school assignments. I served in Boy Scouts and in other teaching assignments. I served as the bishop of the Davis, CA 1st Ward for a time. A bishop serves as the local minister for an area. This was a powerful time for me to learn the gospel and to become more Christ like. I learned to love people for who they are – children of heavenly father and to look past their appearance. I learned the Church’s mission is to share the gospel with everyone. Today I have been recycled as bishop again. This time in a special ward designed to serve just young single adults. My wife and I offer an example of 35 years of marriage and we serve these great YSA's as they sort out what the Lord has in store for them. Many of young men and some young women are preparing for missions, some are preparing for marriage and some are experiencing dating, college, work, and all the roles of an adult. We help them to know what they need to do to live a Christ like life, to choose wisely an eternal companion and to grow their own testimony of the Savior. I love my assignment. I get to work with great members and the community and talk about the gospel and the love our Savior has for all.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mike
I I am often asked this question and am surprised and happy to answer. Our Church is called the The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. We are saints today in Christ's church as he established it here on earth. We talk about Christ, we sing about him, we pattern our lives after him and we revere him as our Savior and King. In our Church he is everything we do. Being a Mormon is just a nickname for us as we believe the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Somehow folks who do not know much about us take that Mormon name and look for something in it that leads away from our Savior. It’s just not there, in fact if you really what to feel the spirit of Christ in your live read the Book of Mormon. It is a powerful witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ and brings one peace, understanding and direction. Show more Show less