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Hi I'm Mike

I develop websites for a living, and research family history in my spare time. I love my wife and family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am lucky to be married to a wonderful wife, Susan, for the past 43 years. We have two grown sons, and two grandsons. Sue and I have a wonderful life together. I graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science in 1971, and currently develop websites for my employer. I love my job. I have a strong interest in family history. In my spare time, I research my family history and help others with theirs. Sue and I also enjoy camping in our pop up trailer.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly before my 21st birthday, I learned about the "Mormon Church" for the first time. Although that is the informal name used to identify this church, I prefer to use its longer official name, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Before I joined this church, I believed that our existence was limited to our life on this earth. At that time, I thought that that would be OK, because I at least would have had the opportunity to have lived a good life. However, as I studied the scriptures and prayed to our Heavenly Father to show me the truthfulness about what I had read and studied, as the missionaries encouraged me to do, I came to know that our existence is eternal and that our time on this earth is a brief, but a very significant period of our eternal existence. Not only is our individual existence eternal, but our relationship with our spouse, our parents, brothers and sisters, and children can be eternal, as well. This is part of an eternal plan created by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ called the Plan of Happiness or the Plan of Salvation. I love my wife, my sons, my grandsons, my siblings, and my parents. I now know that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, if I can keep His commandments, I can belong to my family forever.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love about this church is that we have temples. Throughout history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. We attend the temple to worship God, to learn more about His eternal plan of happiness, and to make covenants with Him by performing sacred ordinances. After making these covenants for ourselves, we can be of service to those who have died by participating in these ordinances in their behalf. For that reason, Latter-day Saints are interested in identifying their ancestors. In order to help to identify our ancestors, the church has established family history centers where anyone can perform research to find their ancestors. My job, or "calling" in the church is a director of one of these family history centers. Anyone, whether a member of our church or not, is welcome to visit the family history centers. The centers are staffed by consultants who are trained to help others find their ancestors. They obtain great satisfaction by doing so. For me, family history work is not only fun, but a sacred service that I can perform for both the living and the dead.