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Hi I'm Michael.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married since 1997. We have 5 children. I have worked since 1997 in many different IT roles, from help desk tech all the way to CIO of a company I helped found in 2004.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have received multiple witnesses from the Holy Spirit that this is the right church, that God really does have a modern day prophet, and that the Book of Mormon really is what it says it is -- another testament of Jesus Christ. My first experience was when I turned 8 years old -- before I was baptized I wanted to know if this stuff I was being taught was not just "good", but "true". The last part of the Book of Mormon makes the promise that if you'll pray and ask with sincere intent (meaning be willing to live by what you know), then you'll receive a personal witness from our Heavenly Father, through the Holy Ghost, that "these things" are true. I very distinctly remember kneeling by the side of my Captain's Bed and asking each of those three "things". I remember the very, very distinct, strong feeling of warmth and love and approval I felt immediately in response to asking those questions. While I've not again felt the Holy Ghost with that same intensity, I have certainly felt it strongly many times as well as have learned to recognize his quiet suggestions. I chose my college, chose my wife, chose to have as many children as I have, switched careers a couple of times, developed and maintained friendships with particular people (who I wouldn't have otherwise), all as a result of promptings coming Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost. I've been blessed repeatedly as a result, and I have much to be grateful for!

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, you are "volunteered" to meet different needs in your congregation. I currently serve in a role that oversees the welfare -- temporal as well as spiritual -- of about half of the families in my congregation. This means that I ensure that lessons are prepared and taught on Sundays to men and fathers between 19 and around 45 years of age, that people's needs are met when they are financially struggling, and that opportunities to help each other out are identified and met.