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Hi I'm Mike

I love my backyard, picking things up off the ground, and Otter Pops - and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from high school there a few years back. I attended college for one year in Hawaii, then left for my mission in sunny Anaheim California! I love to watch movies, go running, write, and challenge myself. I love all kinds of music but classical is my favorite, and I play the piano a bit, too. Beethoven is my favorite musician of all time, Russel Banks my favorite author, Clint Eastwood my favorite director, and Dali my favorite painter. I love animals for the most part and I have a tarantula named Clint. I am third in a family of six kids, and I love my siblings and parents more than anything.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have been in the church since even they were born, so I was raised going to church and hearing about the gospel. When it finally came to whether or not I was going to go on a mission, I really needed an answer about the church for myself. I prayed and studied hard, and it took longer than I hoped - but the answer did come. It was an answer I can't and will never deny. I became so grateful that what I had been taught all my life turned out to be the truth!

How I live my faith

Right now, I am serving as a missionary in Southern California. I love it here - the people are definitely the best part. I love when I realize that I've made the right decision, and coming on a mission was without a doubt the best decision for me. I try to study and understand the words of the prophets, ancient and modern. The most important thing I do to live my faith is to base my decisions off of Christ and his teachings. I figure, either I can make my own decision and do what seems fun and exciting and easy, or I can do what Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, has taught brings the most happiness. How grateful I am that we have commandments - I don't need to rely just on my 20 years of experience to get me through in this difficult world! As a missionary, I teach the gospel of Christ and invite others to take steps closer to him. My most important role as a teacher is to encourage people and show them the blessings that are promised - a knowledge of the afterlife, security and morals in an ever-changing world, and the rewards for standing strong against a current of confusion, lawlessness, and makeshift life philosophies and platitudes. Of course, I don't give these blessings myself - God gives them to those who desire. The best part about this Church, in my opinion, is it's promotion of the idea that every person on this Earth has the right to receive a personal witness of Christ and the truth of the Book of Mormon. No one is ever forced or e

Who was Joseph Smith?

Over my lifetime, I have heard countless theories concerning Joseph Smith - his intellect, his integrity, his sanity, everything about him. Some of the stories about him being a prophet sounded convincing... but then, some of the stories of him as a criminal sounded convincing, too. Then I read about Joseph Smith's visitation by the angel Moroni. Moroni told him that his name would be "had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken among all people." Well, that was certainly a true prophecy. So, it seemed, whether Joseph Smith was a prophet or not, tons of accusations and slander would be said against him anyway! That realization made me understand that only God could confirm whether or not Joseph was truly called of him. I got a strong confirmation of that truth. When others tell me that they "know the truth about the Joseph Smith," I always question their sources - it's usually a book or magazine article, possibly even by an esteemed, intellectual person. But I cannot and will not question my source of the real answer. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

In the temples of the LDS church, we as children of God makes serious covenants promises to follow a lifestyle of Christlike living. A person who does not completely understand the full gospel of Christ in its restored form would not know the implications of such covenants. Everyone is invited to go into the temple! But it's like going into grad school - there are other things we must accomplish and learn first. Show more Show less