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Hi I'm Mike Wuergler

Way back 50-plus years ago in high school I wanted to become a Lutheran minister...now I'm a Mormon Bishop and a very happy man.

About Me

My Mom was Catholic, Dad was Nazarene, Grandma was a Christian Scientist and Grandpa Max was Jewish (grandma's third husband)...my brother and I were raised as Lutherans as that was the closest church to our house and the Pastor knocked on our door and invited us to join his church. I got a wonderful Christian education and knew the Bible pretty well and from Grandpa Max I received a love of Jewish history and a good understanding of the Old Testament. Mom told me at a very young age that music was not an elective -that it was part of my education so I started on the piano when I was five, later picked up the trombone in 5th grade and playing that horn eventually won me a college scholarship. A couple of friends and I formed a band in college and we travelled all over the country doing concerts and playing in clubs so I was able to actually make a living with my music but doing that took me seven years to get my degree. When the band finally called it quits, I went to New York and became an actor and was in the National Children's Theater and was cast in the national touring company of "Fiddler on the Roof" - Grandpa Max would have loved to have seen me in that show! After my stint in New York, I went to work at Disneyland as the Special Events Manager and eventually wound up co-producing "The New Mickey Mouse Club". After several years at Disney, I was hired by the Osmond family - fun times. For the past 18 years, I've been with FranklinCovey teaching executives.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I paid the price to know that His church has truly been restored to the earth in its fullness - that the same church Jesus established when He was on the earth has been restored by a Prophet of God. The key to that knowledge for me was reading the Book of Mormon when I was in college and gaining an indelible testimony that it most assuredly is what it claims to be - another testament of Jesus Christ. When I started to read that book, I really couldn't put it down as it was incredibly compelling and laden with truths that I had wondered about in my formative years when I thought that I was going to be a Lutheran pastor. A deeper understanding of the Atonement of Christ came forth to me as I read this marvelous book, which was translated only once from the ancient Reformed Egyptian language into English by the gift and power of God, given to a young man who had not gone beyond the third grade in his formal education, but was taught from "on high" by the Holy Ghost as he translated the records which were delivered to him by a heavenly messenger. Now, years later, as an active, long-time member of the Restored Church of Jesus Christ, I have witnessed miracles time and time again in the lives of the sweet, devoted people who have also gained their own testimony of the truth. I continue to be edified and taught by the Spirit as I strive to live my religion and to magnify my callings in His Church. One of the most wonderful doctrines, which continues to resonate in my soul, is that my marriage to my sweet Sherry is an eternal one, and not simply "till death". Because we chose to be married in the Holy Temple and to be sealed forever by one holding the Holy Priesthood, I know that we are a "forever family" and that brings joy and great comfort to me. This is truly the Church of Jesus Christ and He stands at the head of it and guides us through His Prophet. This I know to be true - and so can you.

How I live my faith

I have the sweet privilege of currently being the priesthood leader of my congregation - the Bishop. We are a lay ministry and from time to time, the Lord will call us through His chosen servants to fill a particular role and to be accountable for certain duties. As the Bishop, I am responsible for both the spiritual and temporal welfare of my wonderful members and am aided by other members who have various responsibilities for teaching the youth, leading auxiliary organizations, visiting members in their homes, doing local missionary work, etc. I continue to read the Scriptures and to seek the inspiration of my Heavenly Father to carry out my tasks and to pray for guidance as to who of my flock is in need and how I might best serve them. The time will come when the Lord will call another priesthood leader to this position and I will then be called by that new Bishop to serve in my congregation in another capacity. He will have the inspiration and guidance from the Spirit to know where I might best serve and where my particular talents might be utilized to help further the work of the Kingdom of God on earth - His Restored Church. My faith continues to be bolstered when I see our wonderful members, volunteers all, rise to such a high level of devotion and selfless service as they are called by the inspiration of Heaven to fill a role, to teach a class, and to help in any manner. I look foward to many years of service myself in whatever role to which the Lord will call me. I love my Savior with all my heart and am the happiest when I am serving His children in any capacity.