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Hi I'm Mauri

I'm a Mormon. I am an engineer and a seminar speaker.

About Me

I am a Navy veteran (4 years). I am a microelectronic engineer and a relationship coach and seminar speaker. I am a Dad of 9 kids in a blended family.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to join when I was 18. I grew up with an awareness of God and Jesus Christ but always felt there was something missing. I had questions that weren't answered. I saw a lot of confusion between religions but also within religions. I researched the Church from afar. When I met with the Missionaries, I was touched by the spirit. I only met with them briefly. Several months later I felt that same spirit as I met with other members. I prayed and felt the spirit even more. Again this was several months later. This was a spirit and a knowledge that would not go away. And now it was occurring while I was on my own. It was speaking to me. It wasn't someone convincing me. It was a pure and precious feeling that I KNEW to be true. I made a call from a pay phone and asked to meet with missionaries. I was baptized later that day. When you know, you know.

How I live my faith

I have had the privilege of serving in many positions including teaching youth, leading teachers, and working with scouts. Currently I am a leader in the men's group and organize the assignments of the men to visit all the families in the church each month. I also participate in making personal visits to the men and their families to assist them in their personal struggles and assess their needs. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them and love them and serve them in whatever way they need. Everyone has trials. When we understand that we are not expected to go through trials alone, we can turn to our faith in Jesus Christ for peace and can receive assistance though Heavenly Father's representatives. (His Children). We can also choose to BE one of those representatives when our brothers and sisters are in need. It is a wonderful experience on both ends, and exemplifies the love any joy that is available to us right now. This is how I live.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mauri
Every position held by members is a calling from God through the proper hierarchy (Priesthood authority). No positions are sought or applied for and there is no education requirement. Most positions are held for a year or two (some longer) but because of that, we get to serve in a variety of positions over a lifetime. And since we are not paid, all callings are part time. Furthermore it allows every member to serve and have a meaningful calling as there is plenty of work. Members can decline callings but seldom do. We all have the same available doctrine and the same opportunity for blessings. Because of this, our "sermons" at our Sunday (and other) meetings are given by the members (not just the leaders). We are able to teach and learn from each another. A typical member will have the opportunity to frequently teach his or her own family, 2-3 other families, small groups in Church assignments (like Sunday School or other classes), as well as give a talk ("sermon") to the entire Ward (often 200-500 people) every few years.With no paid positions, it is necessary for members to be actively involved to serve others and to take ownership of their own preparedness and knowledge. It is the Lord's way. He wants us to serve and He wants us to learn and progress. Leadership positions are handled the same way. For example, even the Bishop (who is the Ward leader) typically works a full time job of his choice, then conducts his Church calling in the evenings and weekends. Show more Show less