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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a father, a husband, a soldier, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a husband and a father of four. I live in Georgia, but work outside of the US most of the year. I am currently in the National Guard and like most in the service am a veteran. I also go to school full time on line in pursuit of a Masters in accounting. Most of my friends from the military find this odd considering my past combat oriented career, and my job now. I enjoy a good game of golf, college football, cookouts, spending time with the family, and serving in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Baptist, which is pretty standard for the South-East. However, I was never very active in church. Oh, I tried, and there were times I was but more often than not I found myself falling away. It was after my return from Iraq the first time, that I started looking for a church to call home and cement my alliance to the Lord. That is when I meet my wife, who was Mormon. After falling in love with this girl, I found that I needed to know more about what she believed (so I could convert her!) . I looked online and found the headings to all of the chapters in the Book of Mormon. I found what I read about the Savior in it interesting, so I requested a copy. After reading a testimony written in the front of it stating that if I read this book truly wanting to know if it was of God, that if I prayed to Heavenly Father He would let me know if it was true or not. A few days after I started reading it I knew that it was not the imagination of some young farm boy. I was half way through the book when I started talking to the missionaries. I was later baptist, and have since tried my best to live up to the teachings of our savior Jesus Christ. I have not felt the kind of peace and joy I've had since baptism any other time in my life.

How I live my faith

Since I work overseas and am constantly on the move it is hard for me to serve full time in the Church. So while I am away I try my best to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my testimony with others. When I am home I try to help the members and missionaries anyway I can. Since I joined the Church I have been a youth teacher in Sunday school, a member of a church committee for helping those less fortunate in our community, been a home-teacher (which is were I have a few families I visit monthly and share a gospel message with and just visit), and more! I have learned that following the Savior's example of serving others truly does bring a deeper feeling of joy than serving one's self.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony, is really just one's belief in something that has been confirmed by the Holy Spirit or some other way. You can ask many outside of our church if they believe in the Bible, and they will say yes, when asked why they say "Because I KNOW it is true....I just know it". This knowledge that they poses is their testimony. For me I have many testimonies, a testimony of the Book of Mormon, of the Bible, of Joseph Smith as a prophet and of the prophet today as well as those past. Show more Show less