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Hi I'm Mike Jones

I a retired Marine Corps Veteran who was baptised a Mormon at age 26. I live in Arizona and have 7 children and 14 grandchildren.

About Me

I joined the church when I was 25 in 1976 in Auburn Alabama. At the time I was in the Marine Corps going to college and was a Cowboy. I live in Arizona and love the outdoors. My hobbies include rock hounding, gardening, fishing and hunting. I am now a retired Marine officer, a Civil Engineer, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was going to Auburn University in Alabama under the NESEP program with Marine Corps which paid for 3 years of school and upon graduation I was commissioned a second lieutenant. While attending college the Sister Missionaries knocked on my door. They gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and asked me to read it. I was not religious at the time in fact you could say the Gospel of John Wayne was my religion. When I started to read the Book of Mormon, I could not put it down. After a couple of more meetings with the Missionaries, I gained a powerful spiritual witness that the Book of Mormon was part of the word of God and that Christ was my Savior. Whenever the missionaries came into my home, I felt a spirit of peace. However, when they left that spirit seemed to go with them. During about the 3rd or 4th visit, I had a lot of questions which they answered. That evening the spirit of peace did not leave, but was replaced with an intensity that I had never felt before for over 6 hours. At the time, I was divorced and I smoked, drank really strong coffee, etc. One of the first miracles that I experienced was when I agreed to stop smoking and drinking. I made the commitment with missionaries and that night I had a long prayer asking for help. The next day when I woke up, I had no desire to smoke or drink including coffee again. I have been a member now for 37 years and have had numerous spiritual witnesses that Christ lives and that this is his church.

How I live my faith

I have always had an assignment (calling) in the church. I have taught Sunday school and other classes, but mostly have served in various leadership roles. I have worked a lot with youth, ages 12 to 18, in church as Young Men’s leader or scout master. I have also served as a counselor to several Bishops (ministers) of various wards (congregations). I enjoy the opportunities to help others and to do the work of Christ in my ministry. One of my favorite scriptures which I try to live all the time, is "Wherefore be not weary in well doing, for you are laying the foundation of a great work, and out of small things proceedeth that which is great". I love of the idea of going through life doing good to others even strangers and spreading the leaven of love throughout the world that the world may rise closer to God.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mike Jones
I learned the church or Mormonism was true before I was baptised, because the Holy Ghost revealed to me that it was true and that I would need to change my life by accepting Christ and joining his church. It was the best choice I have ever made. I continue to learn from my own experiences that this is Christ's church on earth and that he loves us. How can you know it is true? Study the Book of Mormon and Bible and pray to God to know, if they are true. The Holy Ghost will reveal the truth of all things to you, if you are willing to accept and act on the revelations that you will receive. Once I learned the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was his church on the earth, I made the commitment to make whatever changes were needed in my life holding nothing back so that I could be baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. My life has blessed and full of joy ever since I began my journey with Christ as my Savior and as a member of his church which has the fullness of the Gospel in these latter days when it is so needed throughout the whole world. My experience is not unique. There are millions just like me throughout the whole earth who have found out for themselves that Mormonism contains the true Gospel of Christ and is available to all who seek it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Mike Jones
When I was about 10, I asked someone what God was like. They told me that God was a spirit that lived in Heaven and that his spirit was everywhere, but able to enter into our hearts. I was a little confused. In my child like mind I envisioned God as some kind of "space cloud". When I was in trouble one time, I remember praying for help. When I tried to envision this "space cloud", I kept sensing an old man. The feeling that I received at that time must have stuck with me. I occasionally when to church, but even though I liked the bible stories there was something always missing. It was not until the missionaries from the Mormon Church taught me about God, Christ and the Holy Ghost that I felt that same presence that I felt as a child although it took me several years to remember the 10 year old incident, the spirit I felt at that time struck a familar chord in my soul. God is our Father, his Son, Jesus Christ, is our elder brother, and the Holy Ghost bears witness of them. They are separate persons, but one in their mission to bring to pass immortality and eternal life for all of us. God and Christ have bodies of flesh and bone, but the Holy Ghost is still a spirit so that he his spirit can more easily impress our spirits. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mike Jones
I believe that to be able to come to know our Father in Heaven, we have to walk in his shoes so to speak. We have to make an effort to do the things that our Father and Christ would do, if they were here. We are told the Charity is the pure love of Christ which also means that it is the pure love of our Father as Christ and the Father are one in purpose. So we have to learn to have that same type of love for all mankind. That is not always easy, but as we practice seeing others as our Father sees them and us, we learn to love the good in others. In the pre-existence all of us on the earth chose to follow our Father's plan of salvation rather than Satan's plan. We are all children of the same Father and we all chose the side of righteous at one time. We are inherently good. Therefore, it should be easy to see past the pains of this world and love the good in everyone. Through regular prayer and keeping the commandments of our Father, we can draw closer to him and learn to love and serve those we come in contact with each day. As we do so our lives and the lives of those around us will be blessed and we will come to know God better each day. Show more Show less