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Hi I'm Mike Deal

I'm a Southerner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the South. My family on my mother and father's side are all from the Southern Appalacian area of Western North Carolina. I married a Southern girl whose family is Mormon for 4 or 5 generations back. They probably joined the church when the first missionaries sweated out their missions in South Carolina. I love Southern food, forests, mountains, beaches, Southern accents and just being Southern.

Why I am a Mormon

Why and I a Mormon? Well the short answer is that I know the religion to be true. A lot happened to lead me to the gospel. Looking back now, it looks like I followed a path leading right to it. I was raised in a home that was moderately religious. We didn't always go to church, but we believed in Christ and God and the principles that good Christians believe. There were questions I had since I was little, however, that I always wondered about. Questions about Heaven and Hell, what happens to people who die without ever hearing about Jesus, why there were so many churches that teach Jesus Christ and his atonement, but so bitterly oppose each other, and the most nagging question: why we don't have prophets anymore, when it seems like we need the word of God more now than ever. I finally found the answeres to these long-held questions of mine when I discovered the Church. For me all the pieces of the puzzle dropped into place. Then the topper was when I was learning about the Joseph Smith story and the Spirit witnessed to me, in an unmistakable way, that I was hearing the truth. I had to be a part of this truth. I joined the church when I was 20 and have been active ever since. When I have doubts or trials I think back to the Joseph Smith story and the testimony that I was given of the truthfulness of it and of the Book of Mormon and my doubts are washed away. I love the Church and the Gospel and am so thankful for Christ and His atonement for me.

How I live my faith

In the community I have served as a scuba diver on a local volunteer rescue squad. I have worked with Boy Scouting for many years and currently volunteer on the Council level as well as in my local units. I am a merit badge counselor for over 20 merit badges. I earned my Wood Badge chips in the Eagle Patrol. I serve with my wife as an Odyssey of the Mind coach at my children's school. I am First Aid, CPR & AED certified and am a first responder and safety team member at my work. I also enjoy geocaching. I joined the church when I was 20 in a little town outside of Augusta, Georgia, where I grew up from about second grade. Since then I have served in many church positions, including scouting, Sunday school teacher, primary teacher, young mens leader, ward mission leader and bishop. Currently in the Church I am a Home Teacher, I serve on the ward troop committee and I serve as the Scouting Coordinator for the Stake. I help with Scout training in the wards and help with planning stake Scouting activities. Part of what drives my community participation is the encouragement of the church to be a good citizen and active in the community.