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Hi I'm Mike

I use to be a drag racer. I 'm a proud parent and grandparent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As of last week March 6, 2011, with the marriage of my youngest, I became an empty nester. My wife and I have 5 children the first 3 were boys, followed by my 2 daughters. When the kids were young, I would joke that with having the three boys first, if we were to vote on either going camping or knitting, the election always came out right! You can probably tell from my picture that I enjoy backpacking. Each year the hike seems to get a little steeper, but the view is always worth it. And while the kids are starting their own families, my wife is still my favorite hiking companion. When I'm not hiking in the Idaho wilderness, I keep myself busy as a store manager for a large retail chain.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ when a grade school friend came back from the army, bringing his new found faith. As my mom put it, "all he would talk about is that Mormon church". Being firm in another faith, she finally decided to "prove him wrong" and agreed to listen to the missionaries. During those lessons, questions that never were answered before were made clear to her and at the risk of offending her family she felt compelled to be baptized a member this church. As a youth, I was somewhat involved in the church. But when it came time to grow up and marry and start a family, I saw that those I knew who were members of the church had something that my other friends didn't. In very short order, I had experiences that bore testimony of the Gospel to me in a way that I can't deny. 

How I live my faith

While I have had some powerful spiritual experiences, I rarely talk about them. Over my "Mormon career" I have worked with adults in several different capacities family, marriage and financial counseling, working with our church's lay ministry, as well as being part of the ministry. My employment prevents me from saying much about my religion, however many time people who know my values come to me in times of distress. While the Gospel doesn’t make problems go away, it does give me answers and perspective I would have had otherwise. I cherish the times I have been able to use the knowledge and understanding the Gospel has given me to assist others.