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Hi I'm Mike

I'm an energetic young father of four and a husband to an incredible wife. I work in commercial insurance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the oldest child in a large family of 8 children, and to this day I still enjoy a little bit of "controlled choas" at home. Families are very important to me, and I always enjoy a chance to play with any of my 4 children - especially when we move aside the living room furtniture to play "family wrestling" or what we call "tickle monster." There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family. I also like to stay in shape and enjoy nearly all sports, but I must say I love basketball the most. I played when I was in high school, and now l love to watch games when I have time. Another sport I really enjoy is soccer. I experienced others' love of the game when, at age 19, I spent two years down in Argentina, serving the Lord on an LDS mission, and their enthusiasm for the game rubbed off on me. They are a remarkable, humble, God-fearing people and I learned a lot from them during my time of service. I have a wonderful wife, to whom I've been married to for over a decade, and I wouldn't be the man I am today without marrying her. She is an incredible mother and works so hard to raise our children in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Marrying the right person has made an enormous impact on my life and I am grateful we have been able to overcome our ups and downs as a team. I love life. I try to be happy and grateful in all that I do. I feel that happiness is a moral obligation and that the Lord put us on earth (in part) to have real joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally I was a Mormon because my parents were Momon. I trusted them and felt they knew what was best for me, so I followed their lead. I never really considered not being a Mormon until I was a teenager. It was then that I really started to wonder and question all the things I had been taught. It was important to me that if I was going to do something that required so much committment, which being a member of the LDS church does, that I was certain as to why I was doing so. I had to know for myself if the Supreme Being I had always believed in actually had a son named Jesus Christ, and if this was in fact His church on the earth. I was intrigued by the story of Joseph Smith and couldn't help but think of the same biblical verse he pondered when he had a similar question as a teenager - James 5:1 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." I knew I had to ask my Father in Heaven if this church I was brought up in, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was in fact the same church Christ established centuries ago. It made sense to me, that if God really did exist, that He would love me enough to share His will with me and guide me to the truth through an organized religion. I decided that I would read from both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon and ask my Father in Heaven, with faith, if these books were true words of God, or simply words of men. I still recall vividly kneeling down next to my bed, praying to God and feeling the Holy Spirit tell me in my heart that the words of both of these books are true. The spirit also confirmed to me that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and it is only through Him that we may be saved. Since that time, I have tried to make the scriptures a greater part of my life, and always live by their teachings. Once I knew this truth for myself it was much easier for me to truly follow Jesus Christ and be faithful in His church. I have since had this testimony reconfirmed to me many, many times.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be as Christlike as possible. In this regard, I always fall short of His example, but that is the beauty of the Atonement of Christ. He made it possible for us to continue to strive to be like Him, even when we fall short - which we always will - through repentence and forgiveness. I try to instill these teachings to my children and show by way of example to friends and family around me. I love to help with the youth and Boy Scout programs. I was an Eagle Scout myself and I don't think there is any better way for a young man to spend his time than in learning the importance of Duty, Faith and Country as they do through Boy Scouts. I also thoroughly enjoy spending time with the youth and helping them during this difficult time in their life. I help the youth in my ward (which is like a congregation) and meet with them weekly, to help them prepare to be better mothers, fathers and spouses some day. With the youth, and also with my own family, we do a lot of service work. I have three families I am assigned to help, or "Hometeach", in which I help them with physical needs like moving furniture or yardwork, as well as spiritual/emotional needs like reading scriptures with them or taking time to listen to them when they are going through a hard time. I also stay busy with other types of service in the community. Once a week when our family does "family night" we might make cookies for the new neighbors on the block, or spend an hour cleaning up the trash on our block. It is important to love and take care of those around you. We are all spiritual brothers and sisters and our Father in Heaven is happy when we care for each other. Lastly, I also live my faith by trying to always be a loving husband and father. I am nowhere near perfect but I always attempt to treat my wife and children the way Christ treated the church - with love and kindness. I make having love at home a key goal in my life, and being a Mormon helps me accomplish my goal.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Mike
Our church doctrine teaches us that the Lord gives the priesthood to men only and not the women of the church. This is not to say that the women don't hold leadership positions, in fact they oversee a large women's organization called the Relief Society and are heavily involved with leadership for the teaching of our children in what we all Primary, as well as Cub Scouts. They are in no way any less important in the eyes of God or man. Furthermore, in marriage, we are co-equals. We have different roles to play, but play them in unison. This is part of my personal opinion as to why the Lord saw fit that only men have the priesthood in His church. If men and women (husbands and wives) are truly one - they hold the priesthood as a unified partnership. The men can use the priesthood and the women can receive the blessings of that priesthood. Together they complete each other. I also feel that the nature of women is much more caring and loving than the nature of men, and one possible way in which the Lord may have decided to help the men grow these traits is through the responsibilities of the priesthood. By having the priesthood, and the callings and assignments that pertain to it, men are asked to oversee, care for and help others. This responsibility of the priesthood helps men grow in areas that most likely were laking before they were priesthood holders. I am a more caring, loving, responsible husband and father because of the Priesthood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less