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Hi I'm Micheal Ray Hall

I am a husband and a father of six. I am a native Texas.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, a father of three girls and three boys and grandfather of 8. I served in the U.S. Navy for almost 7 years during the time of the Viet Nam war and went there 3 times. I learned how to fix computers and computer displays in the Navy. I took that training and became a field service technician for Tektronix and Xerox. I did that for almost 30 years before I retired and went back to to school to become a school teacher. I had a degree in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio and wanted to be a high school history teacher. After I had finished the training I could not find a job teaching so I went to work a call center for a major hotel chain and have been working there for the last 6.5 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to Baptist churches. I was the only one in my family who went to church every week. I sang in the church choir. I had thoughts of becoming a Baptist minister. When I was 20 I joined the Navy. In boot camp in San Diego, everyone had to go to religious services. I tried both Catholic and Protestant services both did not enjoy either. A young man in our company - Norman (we called him Norman the Mormon- invited us to go to the L.D.S. services. I decided to try that. I did not agree with a lot of things that were said there but I went to those services for the remainder of boot camp. After boot camp I went through 2 years of training before I was sent to the fleet. During my third deployment to Viet Nam I was serving with another Mormon - Steve. He had been set apart as the group leader for all the Mormons (4) aboard our ship. I was his immediate superior in our division. One day he made a list from 1 to 32 of whom he thought would be the most likely to become a Mormon from our division. I was number 32. he knew I like to read so one day he asked if I would like to read one his books. It was the biography of Joseph Fielding Smith. I read it and said I enjoyed the book. He said, here, read this and handed me a Book of Mormon. I decided to give it a try. One night about midnight, I was reading 2 Nephi Ch 29 v 3 "A Bible! A Bible! We have a got a Bible and there cannot be any more Bible." I had heard almost the exact words from my Baptist minister. As I was laying there in my rack contemplating this verse, I heard a voice in my mind saying "This is the word of God." A rush of joy and happiness filled my body. I jumped out of bed, got dressed and woke up Steve. He told me to leave him alone and let him sleep (it was midnight). However, I persisted and we went out onto the fantail to talk. When I told him what happened he became as excited as I was. A few days later we sailed into Singapore where I was baptized and made a priest in the Aaronic priesthood.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Bishop, the head minister, of our unit called a ward. I am responsible for all of the Sunday services, the financial needs and callings for the members of our ward. I help people with their various needs. My favorite responsibility is working with the youth (12 - 18 years) of our ward, I enjoy seeing all of their energy and enthusiasm for life. I am supposed to have the right answers for everything which is impossible without the gift of the Holy Ghost. Time after time the Holy Ghost has filled my mind and mouth with just the right words for the person I am trying to help or teach. I strive to be receptive to the Spirit at all times by being careful of watch I watch and read. I need to read the scriptures everyday to improve my knowledge and up lift my spirits.