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Hi I'm Michael.

I was converted to the Church and baptized in 1989 and became fully active in the Church in 1990. I'm very happy to be a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the mid-west. I was born in Omaha, my family moved away, and I came back to Omaha when I left the Air Force in 1975. I went to school to be a Sign Language interpreter, went to nursing school, and finally graduated with an Associates Degree in Electronics and a Bachelors in Computer Information Management (CIS). I currently answer phones and process auto glass claims for a local insurance company. I was the first member of my family to join the church. I have had the honor to baptize my mother, father, 2 of my 4 children and my current wife. I have 6 grandchildren. Scott, my 32 year old son has 3 daughters Amanda, my 29 year old daughter has a son and daughter, and Jennifer my 26 year old daughter has a daughter. Kristen, my 22 year old daughter is handicapped and will not have children. I recently had the opportunity to fulfill one of my life's dreams. I started leaning the bass guitar 2 years ago this October. I have played air bass with some of the best bands. Now I have the opportunity to actually play the bass parts. My instructor has been a professional bass player for 35 years, playing with groups like Ratt and Mulberry Lane. We are doing old cover songs that illustrate the theory for that week. I also like a variety of music from classical, rock, reggae, and big bands. My father used to play The Nutcracker Suite and Gilbert and Sullivan when I was going to sleep as a child. Now I listen to those as well as Ozzy, Nickleback and many others.

Why I am a Mormon

One of my ex-wife's friends sent the missionaries to visit us during one of our times of trouble. They started teaching her the lessons and I politely listened in. The Spirit, knowing how to speak to each of us, whispered, "You had better get in on this. You might miss out on something." This was after the 3rd missionary lesson. My ex had agreed to baptism and I asked to be baptized as well. They had to restart the lessons for me, and I was baptized a week after my ex. The most amazing thing was when I was asked to stop smoking. I had been smoking for 19 years. The night I asked to be baptized, the missionaries said I had to stop smoking. I flushed a full pack of cigarettes, and gave all my smoking pipes to them. I did not have a withdrawal symptom. No desire to smoke or even pick one up. That was one of the immediate blessings of my decision. Besides the Spirit telling me to check it out, I found that many of my questions were answered by the missionaries. Other churches had not answered questions like what happens to people who have never heard of Jesus or his gospel. Were they excluded from heaven because of something they had no control over? When they talked of giving blessings, they explained that it was more than simply saying "bless you" after someone sneezes. The church has been a big part of my life. It has helped me be a much better person and those around me noticed the changes for the better. As Joseph Smith, Jr. said, teach them right principles and they will govern themselves. The church has provided some chastisement as well, but nothing unwarranted. I accepted the chastisement with love and understanding and am a better man for it. I bear my testimony that the church is like a big family. We are brothers and sisters trying to lift each other up and living the gospel. Our efforts to live like the Savior is not something we hear about on Sunday, but we practice it every day of our lives by listening to the Spirit.

How I live my faith

I have had several callings over the years. I have taught the men in the Branch I was a member of, presenting lessons to have us teach each other the principles of the Gospel. I have been a Stake Missionary, where I helped the full time missionaries with lessons and transportation. I have also been a Ward Mission Leader where I coordinated the efforts of the full time missionaries and the Stake Missionaries. I am now the Sunday School President of our ward. I am responsible for seeing that there are teachers for our members from 12 years old through the adults. My counselors and I visit the classrooms and see that the classes are running smoothly. We also help the other teachers with guidance in lessons and preparations. Our church leaders have put much time, prayer and fasting into the development of the manuals we use. These manuals present the gospel principles we all need in an easy to read and understand format. One of my responsibilities is to see that we present these principles and not the gospel according to Michael. If I have questions about how something is taught, I seek out my Stake Sunday School President for advice and insight. I need to understand these correct principles so I can teach them to others.