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Hi I'm Mike Gillenwater

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lifelong resident of southern Indiana. A husband of 24 years and am the father of four children, ages 23 to 14. I enjoy running, playing stringed instruments (banjo, guitar, ukulele), motorcycling, photography and gardening. As a career I have been an attorney for 26 years. I converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church) at the age of 28.

Why I am a Mormon

Family is important to me. My relationship with my wife is one that I want to last forever, not just until "death do us part". The strong emphasis the Church puts on family, and how living the gospel of Jesus Christ can strengthen those family relationships is comforting to me. It has caused me to be better person and to get out of my comfort zone on many occasions, but I always seem to be a better person for it.

How I live my faith

As a convert to the Mormon faith I was eager to share my experiences with others. Now, 25 years later, I still feel that way and have the opportunity to be one of the lay leaders in the church. This provides opportunities to seek out the needy, troubled and those in distress and has led to some of the most meaningful experiences in my life. I am involved in my community and am known as a "Mormon". This helps me live up to the standards of the gospel, because I don't want to misrepresent the Church or Jesus Christ.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Mike Gillenwater
The Book of Mormon is similar to the Bible. It is a collection of writings from the spiritual leaders of the people who travelled to and inhabited the Americas. It recounts many of their struggles and wars, as well as prophecies and spiritual experiences. The highlight of the Book of Mormon (to me) is the account of the ministry of Jesus Christ to the peoples of ancient America after His crucifixion. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mike Gillenwater
Temples are sacred places of worship where members of the Mormon Church go to make covenants with Heavenly Father. Here we are instructed in the higher ordinances after demonstrating that we are willing to keep the covenants we make at baptism. Temples are also used to perform ordinances that bind families together forever. Show more Show less