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Hi I'm Mike White

I am a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, a husband, a father to two wonderful kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I retired from the Navy in 2004 and settled in Everett, Washington. Two years later I brought my family down from Canada so we could finally be together. I got my associates degree from Lake Washington Technical College while working full time in Redmond at an aerospace manufacturing company. When I applied at Fluke Electronics, one of the interview questions was about the same circuit I built for my final college project! I now work at Fluke Electronics as an electronics repair technician where I love my job. I collect Canadian stamps and I like hiking even though I haven't been in a long time. I like to take my family on drives around Washington and Oregon. I also enjoy doing my family history. I found my great grandfather and his father are buried here in Everett. I had no idea they were so close when I started my research. Most of all, I like spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 11 while I was growing up on a farm in Oregon. I was the only active member in my family and I soon left the church. I always regarded myself a Mormon even though I rarely went to church. That all changed when I retired from the Navy in 2004. I wanted to raise my kids in a Christian background. My wife was a Pentecostal and eventually she was converted. She told the missionaries she would be baptized when I started going back to church. At first I knew little about Mormon doctrine, but it felt right. I could find nothing in the Book of Mormon that contradicted the Bible. I kept learning and the more I learned, the closer i came to know my Savior and Heavenly father. I love the church because it's central theme is that families can be together forever. Marriage doesn't end at death. My family and I were sealed in the Seattle Temple and knowing that we can be together after this life is a tremendous blessing. I try to be a good example to my kids. They are better than I was when I was when I a teenager. I don't want them to make the mistakes I made. They face such adversity and challenges at school and I want them to know that our home is a sanctuary away from the world. Someone recently asked me if i have been to other churches. He was surprised that I had. I have visited many different churches before I returned to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I didn't feel the spirit in them and even hostility in some when they found out I was a Mormon. I now know why I am here on earth, where I came from before i was here, and where I am going after I die. People spend their whole lives searching for the meaning to life. I have found it here.

How I live my faith

At work I am known as a Mormon. I have a no cursing zone around my work bench. I try to be a good example to my coworkers. My bosses know that I will not work on Sunday, but I will work as much as needed the other six days. Through my faith and example I try to be the employee that they can rely on. At church I am the men's group leader in my ward (local church). I lead the men ages 19 to about 50. It's a big responsibility. I look after their temporal welfare, gospel teaching, and spiritual growth. Most importantly, at home I am a husband and a father. I want my kids to have a safe, stable home where they can relax and enjoy themselves. The father has such an important role in the home. I am the head of the household, but I am not a dictator. Decisions are made with my wife and with my kids when appropriate. I have to find a balance between my church duties, my job, and my home. When faced with a choice, home has more weight than church and work. I believe in personal revelation through prayer and the Holy Ghost. I often receive promptings from the Holy Ghost to visit certain people or prepare a certain lesson for them. I also believe that everyone can have the same personal revelation. Last of all, I believe that Heavenly Father is my God, Jesus Christ is his Son and atoned for my sins. I believe that Thomas S Monson is the current prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I believe we can repent of our sins and be forgiven. I believe we can be happy in this life by following the commandments. Living my faith has not always been easy, but it has always been worth it.