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Hi I'm Michael Scrimsher.

I'm a Mormon. My wife Wendy and I have 5 sons ages 25 to 17. The Church has given us some great tools for raising our family.

About Me

I grew up in the church. After I graduated from HS and before college, I had the huge blessing to serve a full time mission in New Zealand. The people, leadership and other skills I learned on my mission have served me well, as an individual, a spouse, a parent, an employee, a local school board director, and community member. After my mission, I had the opportunity to get an engineering degree from BYU. I have got to work on some very fun and interesting and technically challenging projects over my career, as well as travel all over the world. My greatest joy comes from my marriage and our family.

Why I am a Mormon

For my wife and I, the Gospel and the Church has been an indispensable help in raising our 5 sons, ages 25-17. The family is the basic unit of society and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having adult and young adult age children in today’s challenging world that have made good choices in their lives at each step of the way is a blessing like none other. They have thus far avoided the scourge of alcohol, drugs, related health problems, legal problems, pornography, immorality, divorce and the host of other evils that constantly confront young adults today. The church sponsored Boy Scouts of America scouting program has also been a great blessing in the lives of our 5 sons. They have served church missions, they have mostly self funded their own missionary service and college education. For our family, the Gospel is like a road map that gives helpful guidance at every step along life’s' journey. And beyond that, the Gospel gives knowledge of where we can from before we were born, why we are here, the purpose of life, and what happens to us after we die, and what we have to look forward to.

How I live my faith

Having been richly blessed, I have long felt the need to give back, and have served in a lot of positions in the church at both the local, congregational and stake level, from working with youth, to helping lead a local congregation, to being a BSA scoutmaster, and training other members of the church to be more effective parents, leaders and teachers. It's a lot more than just going to church on Sunday. It's a way of life, and a good worry-free way of life. I have also served for many years on our local public school board and tried to make a positive difference in that area as well. With all the economic, social, political and other unrest we see these days, I don't worry about what the future holds. Everything will work out just fine.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Michael Scrimsher.
One of the prophets in the Book of Mormon, Nephi, makes it very clear, and he said it ~ 550 years before Christ was even born. He wrote: 'For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved even after all we can do’ (2 Nephi 25:23). How can it be more plain and simple? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Michael Scrimsher.
The purpose of life is to be happy. Knowing who I am, where I came from, what happens after I die and that the family unit is eternal in nature is of great value to me. It doesn't matter how much $$ I have or how big my home or estate is, or what honors of the world are bestowed on me, or any other temporal thing. What matters most is the relationships I take with me, and how good of a parent and husband I have been. The Church teaches what Gods plan is for us, to come to the earth, get a physical body, use our agency, make good (and bad) decisions, learn from them and other experiences, and progress to someday be like God, after all, we are His Children. Doesn't it make sense that children can become like their parents? Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Michael Scrimsher.
No, we sure don't. There is no salvation in Joseph Smith. We look to Brother Joseph much as the Children of Israel looked to Moses, as a great leader and organizer, and a prophet, and as a person who taught new Gospel truths as revealed from God. Brother Joseph was just a man like me, but he was an important man, and was the head of this, the final dispensation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Adam, Noah, Moses, and Christ were the heads of the other dispensations. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Michael Scrimsher.
The Priesthood is the authority of Jesus Christ delegated to man to act in His name. I have used the priesthood to bless my wife, my children, my parents and others, in times of sickness, difficulty, and even to encourage them as they leave home to go to school or college or on their church missions, or at critical moment in their lives. I have baptized each of my 5 sons using the Priesthood. The Priesthood I hold, which I can trace directly to Jesus Christ, is a constant motivation to me to act with love, kindness, and restraint as the Savior would act, because that is who I represent when I use the priesthood to bless or help others. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Michael Scrimsher.
The family unit and our relationship is all that we will take with us after this life. Not our title, not our $$, not our toys, not even our position in the world. The family is the source of much of our success and happiness, and where we can do our most important work. To God, His Children and His Family (all of us) is the most important work He has to do, and Mormons believe that our own families should occupy that pre-eminent and most important role and place in our lives. One of our leaders taught many years ago that "no other success can compensate for failure in the home."The first marriage on the earth that God performed between Adam and Eve was an eternal union, since death wasn’t part of the picture then. My wife and I have an eternal marriage, that won’t be dissolved at death like a typical marriage. It helps us keep our priorities straight. Show more Show less