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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a father of five. A convert to the church. A golfer. I survived Woodstock, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

It used to take major things to make me happy. Now I find my greatest joy in the small and simple things that life offers. I enjoy the feel of a golf ball as it springs off the club. I enjoy the taste of watermelon when the temperature is blazing. I enjoy the sound of the car engine as it pulls into the driveway. Life is so wonderful. I get to spend time with my wife, and enjoy her laugh, and the twinkle in her eye. I get to watch my four little boys play together, and my baby girl try to keep up. Yes, life is wonderful. Enjoy the small and simple things.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had lots of friends. By that I mean, I was never alone. On December 31, 1999, I found myself in Los Angeles. It was New Year's Eve, and I was surrounded by many friends, and an even larger crowd. Amidst all the joy and entertaining, I felt completely alone. It did not seem rational, yet it was true. Something was missing. That began a search that took me many places. Yet the void remained. I was in my living room watching television one day, when I felt the strong need to go outside. After trying to avoid, it, I finally went out to my front yard. Nothing. Just me and the Arizona sun. As I turned to go back inside, two individuals riding bikes stopped across the street. Not understanding exactly what I was doing, I went across the street and introduced myself, explaining that I had felt the unusual need to go outside. They introduced themselves as missionaries. I loved what they had to say. Needless to say the lonliness is gone. I know that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

How I live my faith

I have the greatest job in the Church. I get to sit next to my wife in Church, and teach my children about Jesus Christ. As a family, we read the scriptures together, pray together, and hold weekly family home evening. We seek out chances to serve our neighbors, and try to be examples of the Lord, and symbolize our membership in His Church through our acts. I know that I am a child of God. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior, and my redeemer. I am grateful for His mercy and His patience with me.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Having served as a Bishop for almost six years, I know first-hand the assistance the Church has for all of God's children, both members of His Church, and those who are not yet. We take seriously the parable of the good Samaritan. We do not cross to the other side, or pass by without helping those in need, regardless of faith. Now it is true, we cannot help everyone. Those who are humbled by circumstance, often find they have a heart prepared to turn to God. If seeking help from the Church, ask yourself, "Is what I am asking for to help sustain life, or lifestyle? Have I sought help from my family first, and given them the chance to feel the blessings of taking care of their own? Have I made real sacrifices in my life, so that I can ask the Lord's Church for help, knowing I will not be recieving unworthily? Is my heart soft?" These are important considerations for Mormons and non Mormons. Yes my friends, trust me, we do help non Mormons...and it is wonderful. Show more Show less