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Hi I'm Mike

I've owned my own business for 20 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad that likes to being involved in my kids lives. Recently I've been a Scoutmaster for my son's Boy Scout Troop and a coach of one of my daughters' soccer teams. I've watched a lot of gymnastic meets, swim contests, and dance recitals. Each morning on my way to work I drive my youngest daughter to school. We have discovered that we can park in the parking lot and walk to the front of the school faster than we can go through the carpool line. We can catch 10 minutes extra sleep time each morning, plus it allows us the chance to play the "punch buggy" game and race each other down the sidewalk.

Why I am a Mormon

The hardest thing I've ever had to endure in life is experiencing the passing of my youngest son. He was only 3 months old and died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Two weeks prior to his passing, he had a checkup with his doctor who pronounced "he's perfect." So, it was quite a shock when my wife and I discovered he had passed away. In my profession I frequently counsel people who have lost a loved one or are anticipating losing a loved one to death. You expect to bury a parent, you never expect to bury a child. One reason why I am a Mormon is because it gives me hope. Hope that I will see my son again. The Church has taught me that Jesus Christ has made resurrection possible for every person. I have also come to know through the teachings of latter day prophets that my wife and I will have an opportunity to teach, tutor and train our son in the next life. I look forward to the opportunity to be reunited, not only with him, but all my family after I die. I would not have been able to handle the grief of my son's passing if I did not know these principles to be true.

How I live my faith

I typically spend between 10 and 15 hours a week as a volunteer in my church and community. I have coached my kids sports teams, ie. soccer, basketball and football. I've also served as the vice president of my homeowners assosication for seven years. Now I helpout by being on the set up and cleanup crews for the major activities. I'm on the district training team for the Boy Scouts and serve as a unit commissioner. With church, I oversee the programs that cover the youth from age 18 months to 12 years of age. Periodically I am tasked with teaching the teachers. Mostly I spend time with the presidents of each of the organizations, coordinating their efforts and helping them stay staffed.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Church attendance is a weekly event. It allows us the opportunity to take the sacrament. In the temple we participate in ordinances that are essential to our salvation and we also perform proxy ordinances for those that have already died. For instance, we perform proxy baptisms. One of the requirements to enter into the Kingdom of God is that a person must be baptized. What about the person who died without ever hearing about Jesus Christ and baptism? Is it fair that they came to earth at a time or place where they did not have the opportunity to participate in this blessing? Of course not, that's why the Lord has provided a solution. In the temple we are baptized, in proxy, for that person and they then have have option of accepting that ordinace for themself if they choose. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jesus Christ. It is only by and through Him that we can be saved. He has made it possible that we can be resurrected and saved from a physical death, He has also made it possible that we can repent and be baptized and be saved from spiritual death. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Because it is the Word of God. I find it interesting to read about His interaction with the various prophets throughout time. I also enjoy reading in the New Testament about Jesus ministry while here on earth. Show more Show less