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Hi I'm Mike "Mac" McDonald

I grewup in Canoga Park, CA, married my high school sweetheart, and became a Mormon in 1970. We have 5 children, 20 grands +.

About Me

HI. I'm a happy member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I was raised mostly non-religious by wonderful parents who loved me and my siblings and provided a safe and fun family life. I fell in love too early, married my high school sweetheart and left home at 18. We settled down to married life and, and after 43 years, 5 children and 20 grandchildren have found ourselves on the prairie (Nebraska) enjoying our senior years. I have worked as a machinist, remoldel-painter contractor, refrigeration/heating service tech, insurance salesman all to support my family as best I could. I became a Mormon in 1970 with my young wife because we wanted to raise our two babes (twins) in a church, womething our parents didn't provide us. My wife and I are crazy in love still after 43 years of marriage and we attribute our love to our activity in this church.

Why I am a Mormon

Wanting to improve on our up bringing, we search for a church to raise our children in. After attending many churches and not feeling quite right with any of the doctrines, we were introduced to the Mormon Church by our landlord. Very patiently and lovingly he and his wife explained the doctrine of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. We learned about prophets as taught in the Bible. We learned about eternal things like the concept of eternal marriage and eternal families. As a young man, the top of my priority list was keeping my beautiful young wife forever, not 'until death do us part'. The missionaries explained about the Book of Mormon and promised me that as I study this book and ask God if it is true, He would tell me in a way I would know for sure. I felt that if the Book of Mormon was true then the Prophet Joseph Smith was really a prophet. If this was true, then the other doctrines are true and I could exercise my faith and pray to God to receive confirmation, personal to me. I want who ever might read this to know that this is the Lord, Jesus Christ's, Church. Everyone I know in this, the Lord's Church, has come to this knowledge in some fashion like what I experienced, personal revelation after much study and sincere prayer. I know our Father in Heaven (God) wants His children to be happy. I testify to you that honoring God, living His commandments, being honest and true will give us the happiness we all seek and the power to overcome life's challenges we all must face. Belonging to the Lord's true Church answers the basic questions: "Where did come from?", "What is my life's purpose?", "What happens when I die?" I feel their is good reason to believe all of us, regardless of who we are, can humbly ask our God these questions and, after doing all we can through study and proper conduct, receive a personal testimony of the truth of this Church led by Jesus Christ our Savior. I'm a Mormon because I know my eternal heritage and have peace in my heart.

How I live my faith

We live in a village of less than 100 people 50 miles from where we attend church. Though the price of fuel is the same for us as everyone else, we count it a privelage to travel the miles to meetings. A time where we can read together, talk about our kids and grand kids, discuss our problems, etc. We are active with others in our congregation serving members in need, visiting those who are sick or shut-in. I serve in the ward leadership with 2 other men as lay ministers. There are no paid "positions" in the Church, we all serve as "called" by revelation through our leaders. I have been a member for 41 years this coming December. I love living my religion at home, church, work and in my village. My desire is to live my religion and be someone who shows the love I have for others in my actions, words and service. I truly want to be like my Savior. I want others to feel His love through me.