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Hi I'm Mike

I and my family are Mormons. We live in the Denver Area and I work in commercial real estate asset management and development.

About Me

Living with my wife and 4 kids in Colorado, i enjoy music, skiing, tennis, golf, watching professional football and gardening. That doesn't mean I have a lot of time to do these things though. I try to either run or work out every day to control my weight. It also gives me energy during the day. I like to spend time in the mountains on trails, rivers, golf courses or a bike. My favorite past time is spending time with my kids and being involved in whatever they're doing. Professionally, I have been in real estate development for 20+ years through good times and bad. I like being involved in the creation of places in which people live and work. Development entails a diverse set of activities that are interesting and challenging.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out life as a Mormon and can trace my Mormon ancestry back six generations in some directions. Despite this, I have had opportunities to leave and go a different way. I have found, however, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is spiritually very satisfying and has strengthened my faith in God and my Savior Jesus Christ. The teachings of the LDS Church seem impossibly strict to many people. As the Scriptures teach, it recommends diligent obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it encourages people to rise to a code of conduct that is difficult to follow. It advocates that God is a loving Father who is aware of the details of his children's lives and is there to strengthen and support us through trials. Mormons believe that God has always provided guidance to his children through living prophets, establishing a connection between Heaven and Earth. Modern day revelation from God to a prophet makes religion relevant to our daily lives and personal struggles. By doing my best to live according to the Scriptures and the Church's teachings and counsel, I feel that I have been able to avoid many of the sorrows and challenges that are experienced by others. My life has meaning and purpose. I am quite happy. I feel that my Heavenly Father loves me, that my Savior Jesus Christ has atoned for my sins and that if I am diligent in this life in trying to follow His example, I can experience great happiness in this life and in life after death.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. I try to render meaningful service to others in the community and in my local congregation. I try to be generous in my financial contributions to programs in my Church that help those experiencing financial distress. I have served in many assignments in Church during my life. I served an 18 month mission at the age of 19 in Seoul, Korea. At different times in my life, I've taught lessons to youth and adults, given 15 minute sermons in front of the congregation, served as Boy Scout Master for 12-14 year old boys and played the piano for meetings. I've assisted in the administrative affairs of local congregations where I've lived. Some assignments have been easy and some have been challenging. The challenging ones promote personal and spiritual growth that you cannot experience through passive participation. Active participation in Church has given me an outlet for service to my fellow man and an application for scripture study. With my fellow LDS members, we are able to strengthen one another, share spiritual experiences and assist each other with the raising of our children. I am deeply appreciative of my Mormon heritage and would whole-heartily recommend it to anybody who seeks for a better way of life.