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Hi I'm Michael Graves

I am from Sacramento, California and have lived in the area all my life. I am now in the Roseville 5th ward.

About Me

I'm a 37 year old single, unemployed male who is currently attending college. I am attemtping to get an AA degree with a Foundation in Business then I was going to move on to a Bachelor's degree in business or in Information Technology. When I'm not behind the computer doing homework I can be found behind the computer surfing the internet or working on a few of my hobbies that help to keep me busy. I love to draw and am currently working on a Blog about my faith. I pretty much like to do anything creative with my hands.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a few close friends growing up in High School but was not someone from what you would call the “popular” crowd. One of my friends was a Mormon, born and raised in the church. I did not know much of the Mormon religion and really did not want to start looking into it. I felt that religion did not really play a part in my life. As we got closer to graduating, he got closer to leaving for his mission. He would call me on a somewhat regular basis and we would talk. It was good to hear from him and talk about the week and what we each went through. He told me a lot about his mission and what he was doing. It was interesting to hear, but again, did not interest me a lot. Each time we ended our phone calls we would always have the same exchange. “I’m going to talk to you about the church when I get back,” he would say. “No you aren’t,” I would respond. With that our conversations would come to an end. One day, after talking to him, I decided that I would pick up a Book of Mormon and I would talk to him about his religion, but to debunk it. I would find things, in his own religious text that contradict what he would tell me. I cracked it open and started reading. The most remarkable thing happened; I could not put it down. It was a compelling work that made me want to read more. I found myself studying it and within just a few days I had read it front to back. I was amazed at what I read and how it made me feel. It was like my eyes had been opened to something that I had wanted to know for a long time. That next time that he called, when it came time to end our conversation, he started our usual exchange. “I’m going to talk to you about the church when I get back.” “No you aren’t,” I replied. This time though, there was a pause. Maybe it was how I said it, maybe it was something he understood but carefully he asked a new question, “Why not?” “Because I’m just waiting on you to get back so I can get baptized.” That is how I became a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am new to being back with the church (2011) so I have been away from the folds of church for a very long time. While I was away, I never lost faith in the church but I lost faith in myself. I came back for a number of different reasons that I will expand on a little bit later.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Michael Graves
I could not agree more with the church's answer that faith will grow like a nourished seed. There is so much food you can feed that seed though to help your faith grow in Christ. Reading and studying the scriptures and following the gospel principles of the church. I have never felt how I have recently and I needed to refind God and Jesus again and bring them into my life. It has been a hard road but one that I need to endure so that my faith will grow and offer seed to others that it could grow within them as well. Show more Show less