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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a writing instructor by day and police dispatcher by night. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in New England where I'm finishing up my PhD in English. I teach writing courses at the university, but I have four kids and the east coast isn't cheap, so I also work full-time as a 911 operator. But I love it. I'm busy but content.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for both pragmatic and spiritual reasons. It's just a great way to live. The church promotes physical health, education, civic engagement, family unity, good work ethics, and a standard of personal conduct much higher than what society expects. As I watch my children approach teenage-hood, I see that it's also a great way to raise a family. I worry a little less about where they'll end up in life when I think of their world-wide family, the LDS Church, always being there to help them. I'm also a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and modern-day prophets. I have read the scriptures daily for almost my entire life--both the Bible and the Book of Mormon--and it has continually renewed my beliefs. I have felt the Holy Ghost on many occasions whisper to me that this really is Christ's church on Earth today.

How I live my faith

I am serving as a counselor in the bishopric, which means I help the Bishop, who oversees the local congregation, with whatever he needs, such as visiting sick members or helping out with youth activities or giving short talks after the sacrament or teaching a Sunday-school class. I do a little of everything.