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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a grandfather. I'm a retired FBI Agent. I'm a Mormon

About Me

After over 40 years in law enforcement I finally decided to retire. Of course my wife kids me that during those 40 years I have "retired" from several different law enforcement position. But I think this time it is permanent. It is hard to stay away from the business when you enjoy it as much as I do. My wife and I have 17 grand children but unfortunately they are scattered all over the country so we don't get to see them as frequently as we would like. We lived in Africa for 18 months as missionaries helping the Church with security matters in several countries. It was a great experience but we are glad to be home. Now that I have more time to myself I am going to begin doing more genealogy and family history research. I may even take my metal detector up in the mountains and see if I can find that basketball-sized golden nugget that I know is up there somewhere.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were members of the Mormon Church; however, my father rarely attended meetings. But he was a wonderful man and taught me many of the standards of life that I live by. I love being a member of the LDS Church for many reasons. First, the teachings of the Church just "make sense". I have studied the bible for many years and the organization and teachings of the Church fit perfectly the Church organized by the Savior. Secondly, the Church has taught us so many practical things about life, such as, staying out of debt, putting away food and money for times of trouble, getting as much education as we can, the importance of being good neighbors, the eternal significance of the family organization, the true relationship between us and God, and on and on. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and that we do get answers from God when we sincerely approach him in faith. I have felt His Spirit confirming to me that His Church has been restored to the earth along with all the authority and power that the ancient Church had when under the direction of the Savior and his Apostles. This restoration is in fulfillment of ancient scripture and I am so grateful to be permitted to live during the time when the fulness of the gospel is back on the earth.

How I live my faith

Our Church teaches us to participate in civic activities and to be good members of our community. My wife has served on an architectural review committee for our community, as well as participating in numerous projects in furtherance of humanitarian help for those in need. I was president of our neighborhood homeowners association for two years. Both of us have served in numerous positions of responsibility in the Church. We have the opportunity to visit two or three families in our Church each month to ensure that they are well and to lend any support they may need. Probably the highlight of our Church service was our mission to Africa. During those months we witnessed and participated in many activities helping to strengthen families and provide help not only for members of our Church, but members of other faiths also. During our "spare time" in Africa my wife and I made over 1200 blankets that we donated to a local maternity hospital for newborn infants. Other women from our Church made caps for the babies and helped distribute them and the blankets.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

The Church has a wonderful humanitarian program to which all people, both members and non-members of our Church can contribute. We donate money on a regular basis to the humanitarian fund and the Church uses these funds to promote infant care in developing countries, to provide eye glasses to those who need them, working with other organizations and faiths in vaccination programs, in drilling wells in poor area for the local citizens and many other similar projects. One hundred percent of the money donated goes to the projects. The Church has stockpiles of emergency supplies positioned in strategic locations all over the world so when a disaster strikes these supplies can quickly be taken to the area where they are needed. Frequently our semi-trucks of supplies are the first on the scene of disasters. Over the years the Church has donated millions of dollars to humanitarian and disaster relief projects either working alone or in conjunction with other agencies. Show more Show less