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Hi I'm Mike Bozue

I'm a husband, father, scouter, avid gardener, wanna-be fiction writer, former "Mr. Mom", and, since 1993, a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 46 years old, and for 18 years have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was baptized on March 21, 1993, and two years later married my wife, Susan, also a convert to the Church. We have four energetic and independent-minded children. Did I mention independent-minded? Whew! I'm an Auditor / Accountant by trade (except for the 5 years I was "Mr. Mom"!), and outside the office my wife and I spend our time with our family doing things like typical families do, and we also serve the youth of our congregation by teaching on Sunday's, helping with outdoor activities, etc. Our children are in the program, so it's great family time for us. Outside that I love to garden and write fiction. I wrote a full-length novel I think is pretty good, but the few literary agents I ran it past didn't think so. That's OK, I still enjoy doing it. I figure someday my great-great grandkids will know something about me just by reading what I wrote. What else? I used to be fast and loved to run, but the joints just aren't into it any more. I'm happy enough though, just to watch my kids grow and develop and find friends in the world. I feel privileged to live in such a great community of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1985 I was 20 years old, working late and studying later, but still without the means to complete a college education. Apparently I didn't rate very high on God's list, so He didn't rate very high on mine. I questioned and even mocked the faith of others. Mine were the typical arguments; war, starvation, disease. If there was a God, these things wouldn't be. In 1985 I abruptly found myself living alone, and strangely began to study the New Testament. Surprisingly, I felt a deep Spiritual confirmation that it was true. At my old church, however, I felt nothing of that Spirit, became discouraged, and fell back into my old ways. In 1987 I was in the U.S. Army, and among the training manuals found The Book Of Mormon. I skimmed it –something about Jesus Christ visiting the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. Interesting read, but no way was I going to be a "Mormon". Not in a hundred lifetimes. In 1991 I flew to BYU in Provo, Utah to attend a conference, and found the nicest people I'd ever met. Touring Temple Square was amazing. I felt such joy at just being there. Months later, I met two missionaries and invited them over. Their message was simple: "Read The Book of Mormon for yourself, Mike, and if you do so sincerely, and pray to know if it is true, the Lord will manifest the truthfulness of it to you by the power of the Holy Ghost." Never had two men with such a remarkable claim to make relied so little on their own wit and wisdom, but they were right. I read sincerely. I started repenting of things, I readied for baptism, but concern from family and scorn from friends made me doubt. For the next year I was a "closet Mormon", pouring over the Latter Day scriptures but unwilling to go public. Finally I could sit on the fence no longer. I knew for myself that book was a true record of Jesus Christ's visit to the ancient Americas, and I knew that Joseph Smith, Jr. really was a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

Like my scouts, I try to keep myself "physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." I also like the motto of a rather well known restaurant chain, "Love All, Serve All." I think that's a great motto for anyone. I try to serve my fellow man because, as The Book of Mormon says, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." No matter where I am I try to be kind and helpful. How else do I live my faith? Let's see, oh yeah, by overcoming "the natural man". Big struggle there. Year after year I've striven to improve and purge myself of bad habits. It hasn't been easy, but I've made great progress. Perfect? No way. Trying hard? You bet. Why bother? Because the Savior commanded, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect". So, I do my best, and when I make mistakes, the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible for me to get back on track. Twenty years ago, you'd never have convinced me I could develop any commendable degree of mastery over self, but at that time I didn't know the peaceful influence and reforming power of the Holy Spirit. For those who knew me before I was 28, please forgive me if I irritated, offended, or let you down in any other way. I frequently wince when I remember the "old days". Oh, yeah, that's another thing. I freely admit my mistakes, especially to my children. It's the only way to maintain credibility!

Who was Joseph Smith?

Mike Bozue
Briefly, Joseph Smith, Jr. was born into a family of very humble means in the year 1805 in Vermont. At the age of 14, his humble prayer about which church he should join was answered by the personal visit of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This wasn't a random visit. Joseph, like Jeremiah of old, was called of God to be a prophet to the nations before he was even born, and like Samuel, this calling was made known to him while still a youth. For the next 24 years of his life, he served God with all his ability, and endured beatings, tarring and feathering, and a host of other afflictions until he was shot and killed by a mob. I've read the revelations given through his hand, including The Book of Mormon. I’ve read the works of those who revered him and of those who hated him. What can I say more than the Angel Moroni said to him during the night of September 21, 1823. Joseph, then just 17, quoted Moroni as saying, “that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people.” Prophecy fulfilled. The Savior said, “If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?”(Matthew 10:25). Amen, and enough said about that. I know he was merely a man, with faults and failings just like the rest of us, but one who, in the hand of God, shined to the Glory of his Maker. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Mike Bozue
Around 600 B.C., the word of the Lord came to Lehi, a man living in Jerusalem at the time of the prophet Jeremiah. The Lord commanded Lehi to take his family and flee the city because it was going to be destroyed. God said he would lead Lehi and his family to a land of promise. They traveled south along the Red Sea, made their way to the ocean, spent years building a ship according to the Lord’s specifications, and finally set sail across the ocean. After an arduous journey they landed somewhere in the Americas, and there multiplied and filled the land. The Lord commanded them to keep their history on plates of brass and gold (don’t rust). Like any people, some obeyed the gospel, some didn’t, and the latter waged a war of destruction against those who did. The Lord sent prophets among them who prophesied of the coming of Christ. Sometimes they listened, sometimes not. In 34 A.D., the Resurrected Jesus Christ Himself descended from Heaven in full sight of 2,500 people, introduced himself as the Son of God, and commanded that they come forth to feel the prints of the nails in His hands and in his feet. He taught them His gospel and organized His Church among them. Within four centuries, however, this society became corrupt, and after a long and vicious war utterly destroyed itself. Near the end, a prophet-historian named Mormon abridged some 1,000 years of their history into a single book. His son, Moroni, finished it, and titled it after the name of his father. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mike Bozue
To make families eternal. Only in the Temple can husbands and wives be married not only for time, but also “sealed” for eternity. They also can be joined or “sealed” to their parents, and to their children, thus creating an eternal chain of family that our Heavenly Father intends to run all the way from Adam and Eve to the very last generation that lives in mortality upon this earth. The authority to create such eternal unions is what Jesus meant when he told the Apostle Peter, “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18). In these Latter Days, the Savior has commanded that such unions be performed in Temples, and only by those He has given specific authority to perform such unions. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Mike Bozue
The First Vision refers to an event during the spring of 1820. 14 year old Joseph Smith, Jr. went to find a place to pray privately so he could ask the Lord which church he should join. The revivals going on near his home had caused him to ponder this question. Some of his family had joined one church, and some another, but Joseph did not know which to join. Feeling the choice was of great importance, he went off among a grove of trees and knelt to pray. As he opened his mouth to pray vocally for the first time in his life, he was seized upon by a dark power which bound his tongue so that he could not speak. He struggled desperately, and called upon God with all his might, and at that moment saw a pillar of light, brighter than the sun at noonday, directly above his head. As soon as the light appeared he was delivered from the enemy which bound his tongue, and as the light descended toward him he saw two Personages standing in the midst of it. He described them as glorious beyond all description. One gestured to the other and said, "Joseph, this is my beloved Son, hear Him!" Joseph composed himself and asked his question "Which church should I join?" He was not expecting the answer, which was, "none of them". The Savior explained that the Church He'd organized in New Testament times had become corrupted by men, and none of the churches which now existed were recognized by Him. He also indicated He had a work for Joseph to do. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Mike Bozue
The Restoration, to me, mostly refers to events which took place between 1820 and 1844. Actually, they probably began centuries earlier, with great reformers such as Luther, Tyndal and Wesley, who saw the corruption in the church and prepared the way for what was to come on that spring day in 1820, when the Father and Son appeared. It was several years later that the Savior sent the resurrected Moroni to show Joseph where the ancient record was buried. While the work of translation took place, the Savior sent others angelic ministrants to confer necessary authority to restore and conduct the kingdom of God on the earth. He sent John the Baptist to ordain Joseph and Oliver Cowdery to the priesthood of Aaron, and later Peter, James and John to ordain them to the priesthood of Melchizedeck. The first gave them authority to baptize, and the second authority to confer the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then, on a single day in the Kirtland, Ohio Temple, a glorious vision burst upon them. Moses appeared, and conferred upon them the keys of the gathering of Israel. He was followed by Elias, who commited the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, and finally the prophet Elijah, who returned just as the Biblical prophet Malachi said he would (Malachi 4:5), to turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse. Over the years, the Savior also gave numerous revelations showing how the Church was to be run. Show more Show less