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Hi I'm Mike Murray

I am a House Dad working on a mid-life career change...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college, earned a bachelors in Marketing and then an MBA. I spent 17 years in Marketing and Sales and have been unemployed for nearly a year. After prayer and much consideration, I have decided to change careers and go into Accounting. I married a wonderful woman and have five young children. Being at home this past year has taught me a great deal about what women go through raising children. I think I appreciate my wife much more than before. We love going on bike rides as a family, playing UNO, and going to parks.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS faith. I always went to church with my family on Sundays and was involved in the scouting program. When I got to be about 15, I realized that it wouldn't be too long until I could serve a mission for the church at age 19. I wanted to be a missionary, however, I knew that I could not go and teach people about the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unless I absolutely knew for myself that they were true. So, I made a goal to read a chapter a night in the Book of Mormon before bed. And with a couple of exceptions, I stuck to my plan. I also prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I remember one afternoon that changed my life. I got home from school and no one else was at home. I was planning to go play football with my friends but I stopped, knelt down to pray, and asked the Lord if the Book of Mormon was true. As I was praying, I felt a wave of peace come over me. It was not something that had come from my soul, but rather, it was something that came into my soul from heaven. I knew for myself that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is from God. Since then, I have learned that what I felt that day was the Lord's Spirit confirming that what I was reading was true. Later as a missionary in South America, I felt the Spirit of the Lord testify many times the truth of what we taught. The Lord through His Spirit has helped me to experience great peace and joy. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's true church restored in our times to help prepare the world for His Second Coming.

How I live my faith

My religion means everything to me. It is a source of great peace and enhances the happiness I feel with my family and friends. I know that God lives and that I am His son. I also know that Jesus is the Christ. During difficult times, my faith helps me see a greater perspective and purpose. This understanding and the comfort I receive from His Spirit help me through. For example, in 1997 my wife was diagnosed with MS and lost the use of her dominant hand and part of her eyesight. At the time she was a second year medical student preparing to take national board exams. Through persistence, prayer, and a special blessing given to her by a church leader, she was able to pass her exams. As the years passed we made it through some very difficult days. However, the Lord comforted and strengthened us through His Spirit. Now more than a decade later, she has been healed from nearly all of the effects of her disease. On Sundays during our church services we take the sacrament to remember the Lord's sacrifice. We also promise to follow Him. I find great spiritual strength through taking the sacrament, scripture study and prayer. In the church, I currently assist the bishop of our congregation to help our church members who need service or other assistance. I also help to organize member visits so that we can be aware of how our members are doing and determine how we can help, if needed.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike Murray
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ all people may be saved from their sins and return to live with God in a state of never-ending happiness (Romans 3:23-24, Hebrews 9:28) We know that salvation, through the grace of Christ, is a gift offered to all who are willing to receive it. In the New Testament we read: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20) How do we open the door of salvation in our lives? As in ancient times, the Savior beckons us to "Follow me." (John 10:27, John 1:43, Mathew 4:19, Luke 9:59) We follow the Savior through our belief in Him, even if it only begins as a desire to believe. We also follow the Savior through our actions when we do what He says and keep his commandments. For example, the Savior asked, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46) The Savior also taught, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Mathew 7:21-24, Luke 13:24-27, Mathew 25:1-12) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches us how the Lord wants us to follow Him. Through this process we learn how to draw close to the Savior, receive a greater peace of conscience, and experience increased personal satisfaction and joy. Show more Show less