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Hi I'm Michael Knudsen

I grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah, I'm a husband, father of three, writer and a business manager. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have enjoyed the benefits of gospel light from the earliest age. It's difficult to imagine where I might be or what I might be doing without that powerful influence in my life. It's impossible to express my gratitude for what some might consider a "sheltered" upbringing. I assure you, I've seen enough of this world to know what I'm missing, and I don't think I'm missing much of anything of value. I served a full-time mission to Brazil, with areas including Brasilia, Uberlandia, Belem, and Manaus. At the time, it was the largest mission in land area in the world. Some of my areas were separated by more than a thousand miles. In those days (1985-1987), the church was only beginning to establish itself in such places as Manaus, in the Amazon region. Today a holy temple stands in that city, a testament to the faith and efforts of the humble Amazonian saints. Upon returning from my mission, I married my college sweetheart, and we have three beautiful children, the eldest of which will be married in the temple this year. There is nothing that brings me greater happiness than to see the next generation moving forward in faith.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite growing up as a member of the Church, I didn't always have an unshakable testimony of its veracity. Only through many hours of study, prayer, and sincerely seeking after it was I able to gain an assurance of truth through the Spirit. The way I came to a realization of truth was to LIVE the gospel in the way the Savior himself admonishes us to, by giving up our lives in his service in order to find them. This is combination with study and learning, always praying for greater light, is the answer. At this point in my life, I know with an unassailable surety that Jesus Christ lives and has restored his Church through holy prophets in modern times. I've heard every argument against it, including the vitriol of former members who found cause to depart from the faith. Their bitterness and persecution against the Church is the final and prophesied proof of the validity of the Restoration. Make no mistake - if you are seeking truth, you will only get so far by studying the Bible or any other written works or histories. Ultimately it comes down to asking of God in faith (James 1:5). If you are unwilling to trust that source or to refuse to give up until you get an answer, truth will continue to elude you, and you will flounder about the philosophies and human-manufactured religions of the world until you realize, perhaps too late, that you have wasted much time and strength you could have offered in service of the One True God and his holy restored church. I am grateful to be a member of this great Latter-Day movement, and grateful to hold the holy Priesthood in service of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives, and he loves every one of us. He died to set us free from the inexorably destructive effects of sin. One day, we will all rise before Him to be judged. If you have been thinking about learning more about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, NOW is the perfect time.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve in the Young Men's organization of my ward of the Church. This gives me an opportunity to lead weekly discussions on Sundays with the boys ages 16-18 in my neighborhood. My son just turned 16, so I'm grateful to have him as a member of this group. On Sundays, we cover sacred topics such as our Heavenly Father's plan of salvation or the atonement of Jesus Christ. At other times we participate in camps and activities as part of the Boy Scouts of America's Venturing program. Currently I am working with young men who have grown up in strong Latter-Day Saint households with faithful parents. The difference between the way they behave in contrast with the typical American teenager is striking. These mature young men have little time for video games, drugs and alcohol, and depressing music, and feel little need to distinguish themselves with outlandish clothing or hairstyles. Instead, they are actively involved in sports, school activities and leadership, are becoming Eagle Scouts, and spend many hours in service of individuals and the community. Their understanding of what life is all about is light-years beyond what many of their peers possess. If that makes them sound boring or sheltered, I assure you that they are very well aware of what else they could be doing at this age, and have frankly turned it down, thank you very much.