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Hi I'm Mike

I live in Wisconsin. Happily married for 25 years. I have three adult children. I am a franchise executive. I ride motorcycles

About Me

Family is very important to me. I have three kids who are just old enough to be on their own, so my wife and I have an empty nest. I grew up moving around California because of my father's employment. This gave me the chance to sample the desert, the mountains and the ocean. Franchising has been my career for more than 20 years. I help people start their own business. I have worked for some of the largest and some of the smallest franchise systems. I enjoy educating individuals and couples and watching them grow and succeed. Although I have other hobbies, motorcycles are first. I currently have three, including a dirt bike and a Harley-Davidson touring bike with over 90,000 miles. My wife and I call it our "relationship building machine" because we can invest time with each other camping and touring. We live in Wisconsin but have been as far as Georgia, Colorado, and Sturgis.

Why I am a Mormon

In high school, my cross-country team was diverse. Those who were Mormons stood out. They seemed to know who they were. They had standards that everyone knew. They had supportive families and they knew how to have fun without drugs or alcohol. They were teased them about their beliefs, so my curiosity got me asking questions. I was invited me to meet with the missionaries and go to church. It was very different from the other church experiences that I had previously. The other members of the team heard that I was asking questions and their response was to start giving me all kinds of reasons why the Mormons weren't considered Christian and other opinions. Some of these people were really passionate about the subject, which just made me more interested. I wasn't looking for a church to join, because I liked my Sundays for motorcycle riding and hanging out with friends, so I slowed down and started reading all kinds of books about the subject over a period of more than a year. There was something compelling to me about the lifestyle of the members. They seemed to give, but get even more in return. I have never met happier people. They seem sure of what they were doing and they didn't push it on me, but they did offer to help me learn more. I tried to determine whether the story of the restored Gospel could be true or false by reading all of the books on both sides of the issue. Eventually, I realized that if it could be done that way, everyone would either join the church or leave it. Once I wanted to know badly enough that I was willing to really pray about it in sincerity, and was willing to give up an old life and start a new one, I was able to experience the Holy Ghost witnessing the truth of Joseph Smith's Testimony and the Book of Mormon to me in an undeniable experience that I still remember clearly. I have never regretted the decision to join the church.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to fill all kinds of assignments in the church. I have taught classes for children and adults. I served a mission for 18 months on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. I have been a Scoutmaster and have taken groups of boys and men to the Boundary Waters between Minnesota and Canada for major canoe adventures. I was given the assignment to lead an entire congregation of 500 people, which I did for more than five years, while raising three teenagers and holding a demanding executive job, which required a lot of travel. I have learned important principles and have received the best training in my life from great leaders. The training is much better than what I have received in the corporate world because it has been personal and has been done with a theme of service.