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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up on a farm in Southern Idaho, USA, graduated from BYU and now work for a major computer firm and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the proud parents of six wonderful children and we now have two great son-in-laws and four very special grandchildren (with one on the way). We spend most of our time enjoying activities in which our family members are particpating. My family means the world to me and I enjoy spending time with them. I grew up on a farm where my father taught me the value of hard work and my mother taught me to have faith and to be kind, things that I hope to be able to pass on to my children. I enjoy gardening, probably because of the time spent farming as a youth, and we have fun working on the garden as a family and then enjoying the things we grow. I enjoy going camping, especially with our family and friends. Being in the outdoors always reminds me of the wonderful creations of our Father in Heaven and how much he loves us to give us such a beautiful earth to enjoy. I am an eagle scout and have enjoyed helping my son as he has earned his eagle scout award. I also enjoy working with other young men to help them in their efforts to earn the eagle. I think the values of scouting are great guides for young men today.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for several generations and so I grew up as a member of the church. My parents taught me the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraged me to live them. They were great examples to me and my siblings. I remember as a family reading from the Bible and the Book of Mormon when I was young and learning the teachings of Christ. Our parents expected us to be kind to others, to treat them as we wanted to be treated, and I saw my parents live that way. As a teenager I wanted to know if God really lived and if Jesus Christ was our Savior. I prayed to know and I received an answer through the witness of the Holy Ghost that God does live and that he loves each of us, and that Jesus did atone for our sins. That was a life changing event for me. When I was attending college once again I wanted to know if we really had a living prophet on the earth, like the prophets we read about in the scriptures. I prayed and ask as I had before and again felt the confirming witness of the spirit that Spencer W Kimball (the prophet and president of the church at the time) was indeed a prophet called of God to lead and direct his church here on earth. These and other similar personal experiences have helped me know that I belong to our Savior's church that it has again been established in these latter days. I believe with all my heart that we have living, loving Heavenly Father who is literally the father of our spirits. I know that he loves us and wants us to be happy, that we can go to him in prayer and he will answer whether through the direction of the spirit, through others coming to our aid, or through directing us to answers in the scriptures. I know that Jesus Christ lived on earth and atoned for our sins in order to provide a way that we can repent and return back to our Father in Heaven. I know that we can be together forever as families through the blessings of temple ordinances.

How I live my faith

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we all have the opportunity to server in some way in the church. These service opportunities have always brought me happiness and I have always learned something from each one. Currently I am the scoutmaster in our boy scout troop sponsored by our local congregation. I enjoy helping these young men learn new skills and then watch them as they apply those new skills in their lives, on campouts and in the community. I think part of living my beliefs is to study how Christ lived his life and then to continue each day to strive to be more like him. Though I often struggle to be more Christ-like I don't give up hope that if I continue to work at it I will gain more of His attributes and become more like Him. Because I know that each of us are spirt children of God, it helps me remember that everyone I meet is my brother or sister. I read a quote one time many years ago that has always stuck with me. "I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better." Abraham Lincoln Each time I have thought about that quote and applied it in my life it has helped me to have a better opinion of someone and has helped make friends of those I may not have liked before. I think this goes along well with the Savior's admonition that we love our neighbor as ourself. I look forward to continuing my service to other and to continue in striving to be more like my Savior. I have a long way to go... :-)

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The greatest happiness that I enjoy in my life comes as I spend time with our family and friends. I believe we can be with our families even after this life and that we can continue to enjoy those close relationships forever. Show more Show less