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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had a great childhood, though my family moved a lot, due to my father's work. I didn't like leaving friends and making new ones, so often but I experienced a lot of different communities around the states. I guess I had enough of moving. I have lived in north Alabama since moving here with my family in 1964. I love living in the south. In 1972 I married my high school sweetheart. Nearly forty years later, we have six beautiful children. All are married except for my baby girl in collage. My dear wife and I now have eleven grandchildren. Our life together has not always been easy. Our first child was just over a year old when we decided I needed to complete my education. Working and going full-time to school was a great challenge but we did it! Two more children and three years later, I had a collage degree. Life was good. Our family is everything to my wife and I. You can imagine what it was like sports, dance recitals, church activities, scouts, camp-outs, friends staying over night. But it was always fun!    

Why I am a Mormon

I was not always a Mormon. The church of my youth was the Lutheran Church. My introduction to "the Mormons" came when my wife's parents were baptized. They tried to share the message of the restoration of the gospel with us but, although I was looking for the truth, I had come to believe that the fullness of the truth was not to be found in the churches of the day. And certainly, not from what I thought was a weird sect of worshipers, the Mormons. But, one day, as I was studying, a voice spoke in my mind, so clearly, "If you consider yourself a true seeker of truth, you must read the Mormon books." A few days later was Christmas Eve. My in-laws had come to our home for Christmas. That evening, as we opened presents, my father-in-law handed my wife and I a gift from her sister and brother-in-law. It was obviously a book. When we opened it, I was amazed that it was a book which contained the Mormon scriptures. Following my recent prompting, I was excited to receive it. I read it non-stop for two weeks. It began to answer some of the questions I had longed to know the answers to. I began to feel good about what I was reading but, not wanting to be deceived, one day, I asked God to tell me if what I was reading was true. I had a powerful witness, directly as a result of asking. I knew, then, that it was the truth and two weeks later we were baptized and confirmed members of the restored church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

 I was thrilled, when, as a result of my honest searching for the truth and my heartfelt prayers, God revealed to me, on a spiritual level, that He had heard my pleadings and gave me an assurance that I had, indeed, found the truth. It changed my life. My wife and I were taught by our missionaries, that God wants us to serve Him and keep His commandments and we did have a great desire to serve God. We were taught that God 'calls' people to serve where he wants them. My wife and I were 'called' very soon after our baptism and have served in many positions in the Lord's church, through the years. I have learned that by serving in the church, we develop our relationship with our Father in Heaven. Also, I have learned that I am happiest when I am teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving my brothers and sisters. 

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike
 The Book of Mormon teaches that we are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, after all we can do. Also, in the Bible it states that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Because we are sinful beings, we cannot undo the affects of the sins we have committed. It is only by the atonement of Christ that we can be clean from our sins but we must do all that we can do to keep his commandments and follow his teachings.  Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mike
 Once a temple is dedicated, it is, literally, the House of the Lord. Thus, it is a Holy place. Those who enter the temple, although not perfect, must be striving to live in accordance with the highest principles of godliness. Those not willing to live these highest of moral principles set forth by God are not allowed to enter the temples but neither are they shunned in any way. Rather, every effort is made to teach everyone about the blessings of the temple and to encourage all to claim these blessings. Again, as the temple is holy, that which is taught in the temple is holy and, therefore sacred, not secret. Those who go to the temple and receive instruction there, do not talk about it, because of the sacred nature of the principles learned there. In the temple of God we are instructed more perfectly in the plan of salvation, taught how to commune more effectively with God in prayer and are given blessings that can only be received there. One of the greatest blessings received in the temple is to be joined in marriage by the power and authority of God which is to be joined for all eternity, and are children with us. Show more Show less