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Hi I'm Michael

and,I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a retired paralegal/insurance claims litigation manager. As a divorced father of 3 adult children a daughter age 25, and 2 sons ages 22 and 19 respectively, I strive to keep the family close and in frequent contact. My former wife feels the same way so we get along very well. I have a passion for cooking, for which the family is very grateful. They love it when they get to come over for a meal large enough for an army. I also love to spend time working around the yard of the house I purchased last year. My almost constant companion these days is a 4 year old purebred English Mastiff, a real sweetheart. I adopted her from my oldest son last year when he could no longer care for her. I call her my child #4- all 110 pounds of her.   

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised as a protestant christian,for many of the past 8 years I had fallen away from organized religion, However, I did remain spiritual, never losing my belief in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. In 2009, both of my parents died. Dad's death was expected as he had been in declining health for several years. Mom's death 3 months later was a complete shock to me and my entire family, as she was healthy and happy. Even though I have many siblings, I never felt so alone. I felt like an orphan, my best friends in life were gone. Forwarding to spring 2010, the Holy Spirit had kept an influence over me for several years, but the influence was becoming much stronger. I was unsure of the message sometimes, so I did pray for understanding. It became clear the message was I needed to make changes in my life and ground myself, still a bit confusing as to how to do this. I prayed more having faith an answer would come in time. Interestingly, that summer I began to notice TV commercials for the Mormon church. I was absolutely intrigued by the messages and testimonies of real people. One Sunday afternoon in mid November 2010, my doorbell rang. I had just returned home from a few days visiting friends in a distant city. Even though I was busy trying to unpack the car and was very tired, I felt compelled to open the door and greet the two young men standing on my front deck. I could sense these men were missionaries, Elders from the Mormon church as I soon came to learn. As we conversed about true religion, faith and spirituality it became clear to me this visit was in part an answer to my prayers. In fact I knew the Holy Spirit was with us on that deck. Before parting, the Elders asked if they could return at a later date for a more formal discussion, this I eagerly accepted. They also asked if I would like to attend church the next Sunday, I accepted and said "if you hadn’t asked I was going to invite myself"! The Elders remind me of this from time to time. As we met in teaching sessions, I was given goals of study in the Book of Mormon which I expanded on through use of lds.org and mormon.org. Of course I had questions, but these were answered in the teaching sessions,or by reading the Book of Mormon. I began to see the truth of what was right in front of me. If I didn't at first understand something. I had faith I would gain understanding. When I was asked if I would like to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints, the answer was simple – yes. I understood and believed that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon was true, and President Monson is the current prophet. I have reflected recently that my whole life has been in preparation for my Baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so fortunate that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that that the Elders were sent to my doorstep. I can say that I am having the time of my life, and I've never felt this way before.        

How I live my faith

As a newer member of the Mormon church, I would describe I live my faith in simple and basic ways. I attend church every Sunday that I am able to. This is important to keep connected with not only God, and obey his commandentments, but also with be other members of the church who support and help me in my Faith journey. I help with visiting other members of the church once a month, which is called home teaching. I help support the local assigned missionaries, by providing them with a weekly meal, usually at my home. For myself, I try to set aside time every day to read and study the Bible and the Book of Mormon.  

Are Mormons Christians?

Michael
 The simplest and most basic asnswer is yes! For some reason, there is some type of general myth propagated that Mormons are not Christians, nothing could be further from the truth. Even I asked to have that clarified when I first begain to study with the missionaries from the church, only because I had been given mis-information in the past. But as a Mormon, I know we worship God, his son Jesus Christ, though the help of the Holy Spirit. We can do this through the restored gospel as revealed to Joseph Smith. This is the foundation for Christianity. Show more Show less