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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired social worker and an active grandpa, married for 44 years with 10 children 9 living, 26 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. At least once a year we make the circle to visit our children in the 3 western provinces of Canada. Enjoy family reunions, recording memories with my camcorder, writing in my blog, searching the internet, gardening, kayaking, hiking, reading and splitting wood for my wood burning stove.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a fourth generation Mormon. I feel fortunate to have been raised by faithful parents. I know I believed at an early age because I remember at age 12 standing when everyone was asked if they were converts. I knew I was converted. I have experienced many times in my life when I have recieved promptings to questions or problems; especially when helping raise our children.

How I live my faith

I have always been active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That doesn't mean I haven't questioned things and I certainly have not lived perfectly all the principles I was taught. I am grateful for the principle of repentance for I know through the atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven of my sins as I repent. This gives me hope to keep on trying to live a life that, through the grace of Christ, will allow me to live with Him again. I find great joy in my marriage and with my children. I also enjoy the satisfying feeling of service to others. In the church I have taught many classes, led missionary work, organized activities and conducted meetings. In the community I have been rewarded teaching marriage and parenting skills and communication skills to volunteers. My career included marriage counselling where I was able to help couples appreciate and understand each other just a little better. The parable of the mote and the beam certainly help people recognize problems in seeing others accurately, and in being seen. Life is challenging but also rewarding. My faith in Christ continues to grow as I pray and study the scriptures and learn to more often recognize His messages and inspiration for me.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

My wife and I recently returned from serving an 18 month mission for the church. This was a very rewarding time because we were able to share that which is most important to us, the gospel of Jesus Christ. We saw people's lives changed during the time we taught them. We saw miracles as those who were ready to listen to His message felt His spirit. We have many new life-time friends; especially those who chose to be baptized into His church and kingdom. To those senior members of the church who are wondering about going on a mission, I say, our mission is one of the highlights of our lives, with the difficult times making the rewarding times even sweeter. To those who wonder if they should let the missionaries in their door, I say, this could be a highlight of your life. Ponder and pray on what they have to say and let the Spirit testify to you of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Your life can change in wondrous ways. Show more Show less