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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a geography professor. I love learning about the human and physical geography of the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have six children. I teach geography at a university. I enjoy every aspect of geography, but I have a particular interest in religion. I enjoy studying religions, interacting with practitioners of other religions, and visiting their sacred sites. I have tremendous respect and admiration for people of faith. Of course I also have friends who are not religious, and I understand their viewpoint as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS Church. My parents and grandparents were raised in the church as well. Although I, unlike so many Latter-day Saints today, did not come into the church as an adult, I still consider myself a convert. Like others who encounter and ultimately choose to embrace Mormonism, I have a conversion story. I have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is just that - the Church of Jesus Christ. I am raising my own children in the church because I know it will be a source of strength for them, and that through their activity in the church they will increase in wisdom and capacity. As Mormons we strive to reach our full physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon infuses every aspect of my life in a positive way. Occasionally during the week and especially on Sunday I am involved in things specific to my church membership, such as meetings, activities, and service projects. Being a Mormon also influences my outlook and perspective in all I do. I am a happier, more optimistic person because of my membership in the church.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Michael
I understand why some doubt the existence of God, and may even question the intelligence and rationality of those who do believe in God. I believe God has, by design, placed us in a context in which His existence is not universally and scientifically known. However, I believe we can come to know and comprehend that God is real. Jesus said, "Ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock and it shall be opened unto you." In subtle, simple, and yet powerful ways I have come to know of the reality of God. I know there is a God, that He is good, and that He is our Father. Like any good parent He wants us to learn, progress, and reach our full potential. I know that if you sincerely seek to know whether or not God is real, He will make it known to you in a very personal and unique way. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Michael
Mormons absolutely believe that we are saved by grace, and that it is only in and through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. However, we do place more emphasis on the virtue of striving to qualify for God's grace than some other Christians. This emphasis on "works," if you will, in no way diminishes the significance of grace. Rather, it speaks to our relationship with God. We believe we are literally children of God. He wants us to reach our full potential. We inevitably fall short, and need to rely on God's grace. But in our daily efforts to live righteously and to make good choices, we become more like Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Michael
I understand why some doubt the existence of God, and may even question the intelligence and rationality of those who do believe in God. I believe God has, by design, placed us in a context in which His existence is not universally and scientifically known. However, I believe we can come to know and comprehend that God is real. Jesus said, "Ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock and it shall be opened unto you." In subtle, simple, and yet powerful ways I have come to know of the reality of God. I know there is a God, that He is good, and that He is our Father. Like any good parent He wants us to learn, progress, and reach our full potential. I know that if you sincerely seek to know whether or not God is real, He will make it known to you in a very personal and unique way.  Show more Show less