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Hi I'm Mike

I was born and raised a few miles south of Tacoma, WA in a small town called Graham, on a farm and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandpa with a 'bakers dozen' 13 grandchildren and four children. I am retired, now, but professionally I was a bank officer for the largest bank in Utah for ten years before going into business for myself as a landscaper, caterer and an interconnect wiring company. Then I decided I wanted to try my hand at teaching and was in that profession for 18 years, until I retired in 2008. My wife and I spent two years serving the people in Mongolia, helping them gain an education, teaching English and helping them find gainful employment, among other things. We have also served for six months in Kirtland, Ohio and for one year in the Salt Lake City West Mission. I love family history research work and have been a Family History Consultant in our ward. It is a very fun and rewarding work. I also am deeply involved in helping to run a community theater i.e. live acting with productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, etc..

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church all of my life, having ancestors who were part of the formation of the Church in the 1830's and beyond. But like most, I had to decide at a point, what I really felt and believed, for myself. I came to the conclusion that this is, in fact, the way to complete and fulfilling happiness. I have had my share of challenges and difficulties. But staying close to the Gospel has been what has carried me through. One of the most important concepts to me, is the Eternal nature of families. I can't imagine not being with my wife and children in the eternities to come. I do know that this Gospel is true. I have had many years, now, to test that truth. And the answer has always been the same. The Gospel has brought me a lot of happiness and satisfaction. I feel that my life has meaning and is significant.

How I live my faith

The Gospel teaches us to live like our Savior lived, as much as we can. And it seems to me that He spent much of His time, helping others. So, I do what I can to follow that example. I'm not as good at it as He was, but . . . The two years my wife and I spent in Mongolia was a wonderful opportunity for us. Mongolia is a 3rd World country, struggling to build a better and stronger people. It was our privilege to do what we could to help. We assisted many in obtaining a better education by providing one of the first in country opportunities for them to seek a foreign degree -- something asked for there in most of the better paying careers. We also taught English, offering free courses to those who were interested. English is now the official second language there. We had lots of fun with that one! As an officer in the local Chamber of Commerce where our home is, I helped improve our community in several ways and have also participated in the election process by serving as a Precinct Chairman. It is our responsibility to do all that we can to assure that we elect the best political candidates available. One of my favorite opportunities has been being heavily involved in the reopening of an old theater in our community and in its continued operation. Much good as come to our community from that effort. But, boy, is it a lot of work!

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We very much believe in Jesus Christ. I am personally very grateful that He was willing to do what He did so that I might be able to live with Him after this life -- if I do what He has asked of us in return. So, I do my best. I make lots of mistakes but try to improve and learn from my experiences. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

When we served in Mongolia we helped many people whether they were members of the Church or not. We are all God's children. Having the same Father makes us all brothers and sisters. So, we help whomever we can. Show more Show less