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Hi I'm Mickey Foster

I grew up in Arizona and played basketball at the U of A. I joined the Church as a young adult. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in good home in Arizona but we didn't go to any church too much, in fact rarely as a family. When I was in college I met my wife and we fell in love and got married after I graduated. I played basketball at the University of Arizona in the 60's and when a professional basketball career didn't work out we settled into "life" I am a Electrical Engineer and we have been blessed with a good career. We have 8 children and 13 grandchildren. We lost our little girl Kelly at 3 1/2 months to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1976. The Gospel plan that was introduced to me about where Kelly is and that we can once again be with her and raise her, has given us so much hope encouragement and makes us want to deserve her companionship once again in the after life. We have a large family with lots of grand kids and I love them all more than anything. We have been very blessed materially and spiritually by knowing who we are, what we can become and where we are going. The Gospel we try and live and have been blessed to find in mortality gives us that perspective on a daily basis as we face life's trials just like every one else is facing

Why I am a Mormon

I found the church in my early 20's. It took me over three years of missionary discussions, many discussions with my wonderful wife who had joined earlier in our relationship, and much study, pondering and prayer to find out for myself if what I was hearing was true or not. After all of that time and study, I basically felt that the church was really what it professed to be....a restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that Jesus Christ himself had originally established when he was on the earth. The Book of Mormon explains so many thing about who we are and our relationship to Heavenly Father and his Son and the Holy Ghost and answered many questions I had about life. I struggled with Joseph Smith, with polygamy, with Blacks not being able to hold the priesthood, etc as many do, but the over powering feeling that this was right and that all those issues would be explained and understood at some future date, simply could not be denied. The life style the Mormons professed to live and indeed I discovered do lead, seemed very much like how a loving Heavenly Father would have his children live. I remember thinking, even if it is wrong, by living the kind of life we are encouraged to live, I would still be in good shape with Heavenly Father as it was a good life. Total dependence on the Saviors atonement to overcome my sins and failures made me know there was hope that I could make it. To live a life of kindness and service and devotion to wife and family all appealed to me. To be a hard worker, to be independent in temporal affairs, to be totally honest in all my dealings and to worship and honor God in all my actions seemed like a very good path to pursue. I made the decision in 1973 to be baptized and have often thanked my Heavenly Father for the knowledge and testimony of Him and His Son that I have enjoyed all these years. The idea that I could be with my family forever is what motivates me every day to be a better person.

How I live my faith

I try and be the kind of person that can be relied upon to help and care about others. I want to be a good neighbor and friend to all I meet. I want all I know and love to know what I know and to feel the way I do about Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I love going to church every week to renew friendships that are deep and profound and based on common values and principals. It is my favorite time of the week. We go and I can renew those baptismal made many years ago. I can contemplate my week and ask forgiveness and resolve...every single week, to be better this week in every way I can, than I was last week. I am so grateful for my family and blessings of children and grandchildren now. Being with these people I love so much is where I find true joy and I know what it will be like in the next life. I have served in many positions in the church...as a youth leader, a Bishop and Sunday School teacher and many other areas. I love to serve and hope to be a source of someone else's strength and encourage them in some way. Attending church, paying an honest tithing, attending the temple to renew those covenants and reflect on life's challenges and issues I am facing, are all an important, even an essential part of my life and is what brings true joy to me. A feeling of immense gratitude for what I have been given in life is always in my mind. To know that the Savior loves me and if I can only live his commandments to the best of my ability and then totally rely on the repentance process and his atoning sacrifice to make up for my many shortcomings, gives me great hope and comfort. I realize now, in my later life, that the only thing that really matters in the end, is my relationship with my wife and my children and family and of course Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and those relationships are what I most want to continue to cultivate while I am yet alive in mortality.