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Hi I'm Mike Stroud

I love basketball, anything that is envolves not sitting still, especially if it envolves my friends, and I'm a mormon!!!

About Me

I am a full time missionary serving in Ft. Worth, Texas. I love the people here in the South. They aren't afraid to share their testimony with you about anything. I grew up in Utah around a great family. As a missionary I've been able to use the skills that I developed at home to share the gospel, one of them even being basketball. Yes sir I love playing basketball, I was fortunate to play basketball on a higher level than most. I love listening to music, especially blink 182, well not on my mission of course!!! I get most of my music from friends that are good at finding the best band first. I can play guitar and love having front room concerts, where you just jam with your best friends and play your favorite songs. I used to long board, until I had a injury that threatened a lot of opportunities for me. But I'm still legit, pretty sure no one will ever beat some of the stunts I pulled on one. I love the mountains. I miss knowing my directions in Texas, mountains are clearly a more visable land mark to every one than where the nearest Wal-Mart is. I love to be surrounded by friends, my philosophy is you can't have enough.

Why I am a Mormon

Well I grew up in the church, reguardless to what any one says you have be a converted. I think that conversion can come on many different levels in the beginning. Leaning on some one else's testimony is not the end of the world. Being around and supported by followers of Christ is a main prinicipal in the Book of Mormon. I did that for several years growing up, but still had my own testimony in the experiences of my life. I never questioned or doubted that I was in a false church or that there wasn't a God. Although I've had plenty of people tell me otherwise. Being very competitive I challenged my Bishop when I was 14 years old that I would read the Book of Mormon in one month. Now I will say that I did accomplish this goal, but probablly didn't get that much out of it. The thing that I did gain was the confirming feelings repeatedly that the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't realize it at at the time, but now I know of what those feelings are. Shortly after I finished the Book of Mormon I was compared to Joseph Smith at church, him also being 14 years old when he had the first vision. I wasn't in the lesson and was told by my mom who was present. It was then that I knew that I could not do anything even close to miraculous as Joseph did as he was used by the Lord, with out God in my life. That has been a huge factor for me in my life, that nothing can come without His help. I might not have restored the fulness of the gospel to the world, I might never organize an orgainization of worshipping Christ, but I do know that I could not live without His help. I know that I am serving a mission that He has called me too, I know that the people here are preppared in their own ways to accept the fulness of the gospel, and that I too like Joseph am a vessel in the Lord's hand. Now I could bable on with scriptural proofs in my testimony, but I will tell you that any thing other than a spiritual conversion is just conviction by some one else not God.

How I live my faith

Right at the moment I am a full-time missionary in Texas. So obviously we get to show that we live our faith on a more day to day basis at all times. Our goal is to show that we live our faith that others too may see the happiness that can be in their lives. So I guess we want to be in a spot light, not for recognition but to give others the oppurtunity that we have ourselves. I think that there is more to living our faith other than church. God created us more than to sit in church, but to live it and grow in experiences. The Sabbath was made for man remember, even though church is a major part of it.

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

Mike Stroud
I love the temple, let me just start by saying that. I will also say that there is nothing secret about it. I think just saying it is sacred is a cop out, like what does that mean to some one who hasn't been. The temple like anyother question that we have has to be answered by work. You could take my word for it, but you'd be missing out on a personal oppurtunity to learn from the Lord for your self. The temple represents like in the days of old being in the presence of the Lord, to learn there. Mainly the plan of salvation is presented as simply as we as missionaries teach. How could we think about heaven and not include our families and friends that surround us. We we can come to a testimony of the gospel and are baptized, we inturn recieve many blessings. When we recieve ordinances, we are more prepared to meet and live with God again. I'm sure that is self explanitory, well atleast I hope. So people who take steps to prepare for blessing are ready for higher commitments. Isaiah talks about it in chapter 54. Those Eunochs who keep the Sabbath may come to the house of the Lord. Now one of the ultimate blessings of the temple and the priesthood is having your families sealed together forever. Who would not want this, like honestly? That is the main focus of so many things of the church, FAMILIES ARE FOREVER!!! This is the plan that God has allowed us to take to make that possible throught sacrifice of His son. There is no other way. Find this out from God, by the spirit. Show more Show less