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Hi I'm Mike

I was born in Australia, grew up in New Zealand, married a beautiful Kiwi girl, have 3 kids, live in Australia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life has so much to offer and I've tried to give most things a go from teaching high school, flying aeroplanes for a living, lecturing at University, consulting in business and management, and more recently owning and managing a medical center. With 3 beautiful children and an incredible wife I'm the world's luckiest bloke and having a mum and 2 sisters living close by is an added blessing. Australia has not always been home. When dad died I was only 3 years old and mum, being Kiwi returned to New Zealand to be close to family. Most of my growing up years were spent in Auckland, with a 3 year stint in Hamilton. It was during my time as a student at Auckland Uni that I met and married my best friend. We had a total of $35.00 in the bank, an old Honda SL 300 motorbike and major exams happening a month later. Playing rhythm guitar in a band helped bring in enough to live on while at Uni. That was 30 years ago almost to the day, and although we have a little more in the bank, our wealth is in the relationships we share with each other, our children, our families and our friends. One highlight in life was serving a 2year mission for the Church in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. It was there that I understood the atonement of the Saviour, and the extent of his love for me. During this time, I met many beautiful friends with whom I've remained close despite the 1000's of kms seperating them from down under. My life has been a wonderful journey for which I'm grateful

Why I am a Mormon

When the missionaries came to our door there was a spirit about them that made us feel comfortable. When they taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ it seemed to make perfect sense; there was a feeling of familiarity, a sense of peace, a reassurance that they were speaking the truth. More importantly, they told us to find out for ourselves if it was true rather than believing in their words. Through reading the Book of Mormon and Bible, pondering what I'd read then praying about it, I received a witness through the Holy Ghost that God lives and loves me, that He gave His only begotten son Jesus Christ to be the Saviour of all mankind with a promise that whosoever would draw close to Him would one day make it back to live in His presence again. It is with gratitude that I can live at a time when the fullness of His Gospel has been restored back to the earth through the boy prophet Joseph Smith, that the priesthood authority is again with us to legitimise ordinances on earth to be recognised by our Father in Heaven. This understanding puts things of the world in the right perspective and has allowed me to know the important things to strive towards. The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds the necessary priesthood keys for me to return and live with my family in my Heavenly Father's home. I know my destiny and can move towards it. This plan of salvation gives me great happiness and hope and gives understanding to what this life is all about. There is no other doctrine, orthodoxy, or plan that satisfies my yearning for truth than this. With the restoration of the Gospel comes continuing revelation. God has always used prophets as His mouthpiece and He does so today. Christ directs His prophet and the prophet directs us. As I follow the counsel of today's prophet Thomas S Monson, I know I can navigate the troubled waters that lay ahead. I am especially grateful for additional scripture such as the Book of Mormon which serves as evidence for truth.

How I live my faith

Central to everything I do in life is the Saviour. As I draw closer to Him, it seems the relationship I have with my family also grows closer. In my business dealings I always consider what would the Saviour do in this situation, then act accordingly. There is little disposition to carry out a business transaction in a ruthless and cold hearted manner, especially with the perspective that those around me are my brothers and sisters. My family and I enjoy reading the scriptures on a daily basis, and find great comfort in praying together. Each Sunday we head off to church together and enjoy taking a day out from our busy routines to learn more about the only true God and His son Jesus Christ. Our classrooms at church are a buzz with the teachings of Christ. No-one is paid or trained for the ministry, but rather is called of God and set apart by the laying on of hands to teach faith in Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sin and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. Each Monday evening is kept free for a family get together where we have a load of fun doing some activity, giving a lesson on anything that would benefit our family, hearing what problems each of us is facing and how we are doing meeting them head on. Sometimes we can help a member of the family who's doing it tough in helping with an action plan. Not everything is done for direct family memebrs. Each month I have the opportunity of visiting several families that have been assigned to me. They become like my own family and I do everything I can to ensure their journey is positive and uplifting. Called the Home Teaching Programme it gives me an opportunity to serve my fellow man in a quiet, dignified way. Each month my wife or sisters go with me to serve in the Temple. The work we do is primarily proxy work for those of our ancestors that have passed on without the important odinances of the Gospel. I love this church &I know that it's the Saviour's.