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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband, a dad, a business owner, a lawyer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happy. I am the husband of a wonderful woman to whom I have been married for more than two decades. We are the parents of five children. As a family, we enjoy trips to the beach and to the lake, swimming and volleyball and getting together with extended family. I love being a husband and a dad. I am an attorney by profession. Much of my time as an attorney has involved reviewing contracts and prosecuting or defending my clients’ contractual rights in court. This includes helping them understand the law and the terms of their agreements, what their legal duties are, and what expectations they can reasonably have if they perform their obligations. Similar to expectations under a contract, I believe that true happiness in this life and hereafter comes from compliance with God’s laws. I believe that disregard of those laws might well be fun or pleasurable for a time but there is no lasting happiness in it. I believe that God’s laws are declared and recorded by prophets. As such, I am a student of the scriptures. Of course, finding, understanding and believing God’s laws is only a part of it. Compliance with those laws is the great challenge of life. I am trying to learn as much from my personal failures and shortcomings (which are many) as I do from my successes. There is great peace to be had, even in a world of calamity and commotion, when one is right with God.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormonism is either true or false. Joseph Smith either saw and spoke to God the Father and Jesus Christ or he did not. He was either a prophet of God or a liar and a con artist. The Book of Mormon is either an ancient record written by prophets of God to lead people to Christ or it is fiction. The Mormon Church is either the true church of Jesus Christ or it is an elaborate hoax. I believe that God does not leave us alone to figure out life’s big questions, especially those dealing with our salvation. The Bible directs us to ask and promises we shall receive. Peter acknowledged Christ as the Son of God and Christ responded, “… flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17) The Bible teaches me that there is a way to know truth beyond the five senses—God’s way of knowing. An ancient prophet wrote in the Book of Mormon that if we will 1) ask God the Father 2) in the name of Christ, 3) with a sincere heart, 4) with real intent, 5) having faith in Christ if a thing is true, that God will manifest the truth of it to us by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10:3-5) I put the big questions to this test. I have studied and prayed over the Book of Mormon to know that it is true. I now know that it is. I have studied Joseph Smith and particularly his account of the visitation of the Father and Son to him and have prayed to know what really happened. It has been confirmed to me with great power that the events occurred as Joseph said they did. I have studied the life of Christ and I know that He is the Son of God, that He suffered and died for our sins. I know that He lives, He loves each of us, and He yearns to have us come to Him so we can return home to our Father. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. I consider the immensity of that statement and am grateful that nobody has to depend on me or any other person to know it is true. They can test it just as I have.

How I live my faith

I get to work on the periphery of the field of medicine and witness the power and miracles that result from prayer, service to others and the love of God. It is a blessing to me to be frequently reminded that He is in charge. I enjoy hearing the witnesses of others and feeling those witnesses resonate within me. I enjoy sharing my testimony that Jesus Christ lives and because He lives, no matter our circumstances, we have great reason to lift our hearts and rejoice. My faith influences everything that I do. It causes me to want to be a better man, a better husband and a better father. I love to learn of Christ and try to do what I believe He would do. I believe that the authority to bind something on earth and have it continue after this life exists on the earth today. More specifically, I believe that a marriage ceremony performed in a temple of God by one having the authority of God, allows that marriage to endure forever. I also believe the words of modern-day prophets that "no success compensates for failure in the home." As such, I strive to give my wife and children the priority they deserve. I try to keep the promises I have made to God in order that I might be entitled to the blessings He has promised to me. My faith is the framework for my happiness and I believe that Mormonism is the recipe for true happiness for anyone who seeks it. It is not always easy to be a Mormon. In fact, sometimes it’s really hard. But once you know something is true and what’s at stake, the challenges don’t really matter.