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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent Masters student.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born and raised in the faith, I remain a Mormon by choice. Certainly there are some people who might question the validity of one's faith when that individual is born into it. I would respectfully disagree with that critique. I have been exposed to many philosophies and faiths in my life. In 2002, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. I also recently recieved my Masters degree in Philosophy. Therefore, I believe that I do have a genuine understanding of that critique. Nevertheless, I feel that God is the author of my faith. It is through the deep stirrings of the Holy Ghost that I now have my own spiritual assurance regarding the tenets of my religion. This spiritual witness is known as a testimony.

How I live my faith

Many people recognize Mormons through our missionaries. In my ward (similar to a congregation in other faiths), I currently assist the missionaries who serve in my area. One of the main responsibilities that I have is to assist those individuals and families who are baptized into our Church to find a home in our ward.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a spiritual assurance from the Holy Ghost. Paul described the feelings associated with a witness from the Holy Spirit in the fifth chapter of Galatians - which says: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance [...] For a Latter-Day Saint, there are generally a few basic components that constitute a testimony. One generally either has - or is seeking to gain - a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost regarding the following truths. First, that Jesus is the Christ. Second, that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the claims that he made were true. Third, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - also know by the nickname of "The Mormon Church" - was restored to the earth in its fullness as it was in the days of the New Testament Apostles - with that same authority and priesthood to act in God's name being here once again upon the earth. Additionally, that authority of priesthood has been passed in succession through Joseph Smith to a living prophet upon there earth today named Thomas S. Monson. Fourth, The Book of Mormon is a true account that acts as as another testimony - in addition to the Holy Bible - that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less