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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a grandfather and a pilot. I grew up in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The best thing I have ever done in my life was to marry my lovely wife in a Latter-day Saint temple. She gave me my two sons and two daughters before she died of cancer. My two daughters were later abducted and I have not seen them in ten years. My two sons are fathers now, each with a beautiful daughter. I have been flying over 40 years and am still thrilled to see the earth and sky from the cockpit of an airplane. When I can, I backpack, summer or winter, on boots, skis or snowshoes. I am preparing to climb Denali in a few years. I find great peace in the wilderness and feel totally at home. My next career is approaching, and soon I will begin training for the next phase of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was converted when I was 14, and joined the Church when I was 18. My parents were concerned that I wasn't old enough to make such a decision, and I respect that. I have always sought the truth, and sought to live by the truth. I constantly read, and seek out knowledge and mentors to know how to live my life as close to what is true as possible. While other sources have failed me or disappeared into obscurity, Jesus Christ and His Church -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- has never faltered. I can testify with the Apostle Peter: "Lord, to whom shall I go? thou hast the awords of eternal life. And I believe and am sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." ( John 6:68 - 69) And, I believe and am sure that I have found His Church, and the truth by which I seek to live my life.

How I live my faith

I am privileged to have several opportunities for service in the Church. In cooperation with the very well organized and dedicated missionaries at our local, Church-sponsored Employment Center, I help the unemployed and underemployed find work. I am called on occasionally to assist in preparing for youth wilderness activities because of my experience in the outdoors. It has also been a profound blessing to become a friend to several families as their home teacher, visiting them at least monthly, learning of their needs, and providing brief instruction that may benefit them. I am grateful to be their friend, and to have been allowed to experience their joys, sorrows and challenges with them. As a pilot, however, I am often gone from home. I can still provide service to others because of today's communication miracles. I can stay in touch with what is happening at home and throughout a worldwide Church by use of web sites and Church magazines. When I can, I attend meetings in places far from home -- but I always feel at home. Often I visit temples in the cities where we stop. It is a worldwide church and opportunities to meet with members grows daily. Of course, I always have with me the Scriptures, and prayer always provides a direct connection to my Heavenly Father.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

I am certain of that. Having experienced the loss of my wife and my daughters, I have suffered enormous grief and pain. Yet, that is all swallowed up in the sure knowledge that we can be together forever. My wife was a pure and Christlike person. My daughters were young and innocent. Now, it is up to me and my sons to live good lives so that we may enjoy the blessings of being an eternal family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps us do that, and, when we fall short, His Atonement can make up for what we lack. Show more Show less