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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon. I grew up and was baptized at age 8 in the heart of the LDS community, but had to be converted like everyone else.

About Me

I am a father of 5 in the heart of an LDS community. I enjoy doing things with my wife and kids either on adventures away from home, playing soccer or baseball in the yard or just giggling as a family at a topic at dinner. I find that I get great satisfaction out of providing for my family and giving my wife the opportunity to teach our children and as well as have freedom to get out and enjoy some time to herself or with her sisters or friends each week. I myself like to make fun videos of my children pretending they are magicians or superheros. Usually my video editing is much more elaborate than my kids' expectations and they just want to see themselves on TV! I believe that my Heavenly Father is continually blessing me to create an environment that my kids can be taught the necessities of life and how to be Christian as well as enjoy life as kids in America. I also find that having a somewhat large family has the benefit of having many friends in our own home, making life at home always interesting and enjoyable, not necessarily chaotic or stressful.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was baptized at the normal and early age of 8 years old and grew up in a large LDS community, I worked as a dishwasher in a local restaurant and served a mission far from home. These events in my life, along with many other opportunities to see the real world showed me that few people actually believe exactly as I do, that I'm actually a minority. For example I was surprised to learn how few people know Christ visited America. I often thought to myself as a missionary that if I was hearing that fact for the first time, it would grab my interest immensely. I still wonder why people don't take more interest in that. I believe it has something to do with how busy we all are. We are trying so hard just to survive in this world, that we don't have time to research the important things and we may miss truths that would change our lives. I was a Mormon before because my parents raised me that way and it improved my life. I am now a Mormon because I have received numerous simple and yet special confirmations from the Spirit of the Lord that Joseph Smith was directed by God to restore His church to the earth after the church He originally established. I truly believe that the church I go to every week is part of a growing organization Jesus Christ leads as He prepares the world for His return by sending missionaries to teach His gospel.

How I live my faith

Like everyone else, I am very far from perfect. I struggle to get my kids to listen to their parents, to keep my mind clean from television and movies that encourage immoral behavior, and even to find me time once in awhile to do things that I like to do. But my wife and I try to live our faith by gathering our children nightly for scripture study and prayer as a family. We attend and participate in church weekly as well as volunteer as leaders in scouting and church. We date as often as we can to keep our marriage strong which we believe helps us strive for an eternal family. I struggle often to communicate with God through prayer, but every once in awhile I feel a strong connection that He cares about my struggles and my successes. My faith makes me a moral and responsible husband and father in a world that is struggling with fatherless families, immoral men and disrespectful youth. I am not incredible, but it is getting harder and harder to find men willing to commit to raising a family in love and respect, a basic LDS Church principle.