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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in a small farm town in NW Kansas; Air Force 1964-85 (11 yrs in Asia), & now a retired accountant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Norcatur, Kansas, and moved to Ness City, Kansas my senior year. After graduation, I joined the Air Force working in Communications Intelligence (Okinawa, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines) and then Accounting & Finance for last 6 years until retirement. I attended off-duty college classes & received a B.S. in Business Management qualifying me for employment as a Dept of Defense Accountant for the next 21 years, and a second retirement. I am divorced and was blessed with custody of our four children who have further blessed me with grandchildren. Now in 'retirement', I volunteer as a Senior Center shuttle driver (1 day weekly), Temple Worker (1 day weekly), Family History Consultant (1 or 2 half-days weekly), and Employment Specialist helping job-seekers with resumes, networking and interviewing skills, etc. I am able to take time off from my volunteer jobs periodically to spend time with family (some here, and some out of state). I have learned that happiness comes from the two greatest commandments: loving the Lord and my neighbor as myself, both enhanced through service and obedience to His commandments. My life (although, single) is very happy, and as one of our scriptures says, by receiving light, and continuing in God, receiving more light...and that light is growing brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1966, I met a coworker who was Mormon. He was the first Mormon I had ever met, and I was fascinated by things he told me about his beliefs. All I knew about Mormons was from a history class about the persecution and migrations of the Mormons to Utah, led by Brigham Young. My friend told me of his belief that we existed before this life, as spirit children of Heavenly Parents (yes, a Heavenly Mother, too!) and that we are their spiritual offspring. That made it clear why we are all born with unique personalities. He explained that when we were born, a veil of forgetfulness blocked memories of our previous existence with them, so we could develop faith and prove ourselves worthy of further progression and happiness. He didn't send us alone, but sent prophets, teachers, the Holy Spirit...and especially our Savior who paid a terrible price so we could return, clean and pure, washed in the blood of The Lamb, to our Father's home. It made it clear why he sent us to the same planet (out of all His creations) to where Satan and his followers had been cast...so we could we be tested and tried, with temptation equal to the spiritual influences, making us the determiner of the direction of our lives. I had been taught that God loved us, but that most would literally burn for eternity. Now I learned that after death, we go to a Spirit World where we can grow and learn...and where those who never learned of Jesus Christ in this life, would have that opportunity, and be able to obtain the same joy as those who accepted Him during mortality. THAT was justice and mercy...and a loving God, not a vengeful One. Finally, I learned that in time, there will be a final judgment, and we will all receive our deserved (again, because of our Savior's sacrifice for us) inheritance; the least of which will be greater than mortal mind can fathom (and NO fiery Hell!). Through prayer, I received confirmation, answering the age-old question, "what is the meaning of life?"

How I live my faith

Now in 'retirement', I volunteer as a Senior Center shuttle driver (1 day weekly), Temple Worker (1 day weekly), Family History Consultant (1 or 2 half-days weekly), and Employment Specialist helping job-seekers with resumes, networking and interviewing skills, etc. I am able to take time off from my volunteer jobs periodically to spend time with family (some here, and some out of state). I have learned that happiness comes from the two greatest commandments: loving the Lord and my neighbor as myself, both enhanced through service and obedience to His commandments. I also read the scriptures daily, pray often, and try very hard to avoid Satan's lures of immoral entertainment, books, and internet. I sincerely believe that nothing will drive the spirit from us faster than immoral thoughts and deeds. I try my best to be 'clean', and depend on my Savior's atonement to further sanctify me through repentance and my renewed efforts.