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Hi I'm Michael.

I'm a Christian, husband, father, brother, son and friend. And oh yeah, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for over 33 years to my best friend. We have four wonderful children who are as unique and weird as we are. And best of all, I'm a grandpa. I have made a career in computers, but my passion is music--mostly classical (keyboards, viola, singing). I'm a choral conductor, and serve as president of the board for a community choral arts organization. Two years ago I branched out and started playing the Irish penny whistle and love it. Though not a camper, I love nature, especially taking day hikes and white water rafting. I try to keep in shape by swimming every morning before I go to work. I love to teach. When I retire, I'd like to teach second grade or high school chorus. I like to bake. Desserts are my sepciality. But I really like to eat excellent food. And I love to read, mostly narrative fiction and organizational/personal development.

Why I am a Mormon

For me it's simple: I really feel like the spirit directed me to commit myself to this cause. That doesn't make it easy. There are times when I'd rather take the road well-travelled. But I cannot deny that this is where I belong and where God wants me to serve.

How I live my faith

I currently lead a congregation of young singles (ages 18-30) that draw from our metropolitan area. I guess that makes me sort of like a voluntary senior pastor. The faith of these hundred or so disciples inspires me. I am blessed. In that service and in everything I do, I try hard to listen to the promptings of the spirit. Not only listen, but have the courage and faith to follow those promptings. I want to be known and remembered as a disciple of Christ. I want people to feel His love through me. I want to love others as He loves them. I want to help others come to Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Michael.
We believe in and worship Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. So yes, generically speaking, we are Christians. But because our history and doctrine are different than many other Christian churches, some say that we are not. We simply invite all to observe who we are and what we say--and then decide for themselves. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Michael.
In God, who is our Heavenly Father. In Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and brother. In the Holy Chost, who testifies and bears witness. In prophets, who speak for God. In each other, as brothers and sisters in the Gospel. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Michael.
As equal partners, they teach their children (and grand children) to love and know the Lord. They teach them how to live in the world as disciples of His Son. Each member of the family has distinct traits, preferences and ways to manifest that discipleship. Parents nuture that unqiueness. In contrast to the popular book, in our marriage the woman is from mars and the man is from venus. It works well for us because we accept and support each other. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Michael.
To become disciples of Christ which then makes us more like our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Michael.
If I can learn to love my wife,children and friends the way Christ loves me, then . . . wow! Wouldn't the world be a better place? Show more Show less