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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in California, was trained in mathematics and statistics, and worked in international logistics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 6 and a grandfather of 13, though this number continues to grow. I enjoy woodworking, old clocks, and travel, especially long road trips either alone or with my wife. I particularly enjoy problem solving in construction projects. I studied mathematics and statistics in college, and enjoy working with numbers. I also enjoy the outdoors. Currently retired, I previously worked with an international company requiring extensive travel throughout Europe, some parts of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the church, so I grew up attending and participating in the LDS church. I believed what my parents and others taught me, but I did not develop my own testimony of Jesus Christ until I was 19. During a talk, the subject of which I don't remember, I received an overwhelming burning in my chest and at the same time, a realization that Jesus is the Christ and that He does live. After that burning subsided, I prayed and asked that if this was true, could I receive that feeling again. It immediately returned. Since then, I continue to be converted to the different aspects of the gospel, step-by-step. I know that Christ loves me, and that His atonement and the forgiveness of Heavenly Father are real. Many of the teachings of the Gospel just simply makes sense to me. They feel right, and living in accordance with them brings me happiness. There are a lot of things in the Gospel and in the church that I do not understand. But I continue to learn and gain testimony of the things I learn. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church I have found which teaches the Gospel I find int he Old and New Testaments. The Book of Mormon also testifies of Christ, and I have learned much from it, and have grown to love it and know of its truthfulness.

How I live my faith

I try to live as I believe Jesus wants me to live. And I learn how he wants me to live from the scriptures, from prophets, and from personal inspiration or revelation. I know I have many shortcomings, but I try to improve and become a better person each day. Since my retirement, I have tried to help people however I can, and have spent time teaching mathematics to jail inmates, serving on non-elected county boards, helping out at the cannery, and in numerous other ways. I also continue to be active in the church, and serve there in positions I am asked to fulfill. I try to be a quiet example to others of a true follower of the Savior, and to lift those with whom I come in contact by a simple smile or kind word.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

To me, it isn't about "Mormonism". Better questions might be "How can I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by the Mormon Church, is the true Gospel?" Learning what the Mormon church teaches through reading and studying the scriptures, listening to the teachings of the prophets and apostles are essential, as is sincere prayer to God for guidance and inspiration. Sometimes, answers come fast -- but other times, they take time. Living the teachings help an individual to see the changes it makes in his or her life, and if those changes are positive, then there must be something to those teachings. Continuing to study and pray, and patiently seeking the inspiration of the Holy Ghost will help a person know if the Gospel taught by the Mormons is truly the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less