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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband, a father, and a grandfather. I like to help things grow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have four children and twelve grandchildren. We usually have some type of livestock. Right now it happens to be goats and chickens. We try to have a garden each summer. I find that producing and preserving at least some of my food helps to keep me humble. It also helps me to appreciate how blessed I am to live in America, and to appreciate all those before me who worked and sacrificed to make this land what it is.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church since I was a young child. I read from the Book of Mormon and the Bible regularly, and pray daily. My experience has taught me that God is our Father in a real way. It is a sobering thought to realize that the Creator of the universe knows me and hears my prayers. The Book of Mormon teaches that those who read the book, and ask God in prayer, will receive a witness that it is true. I have received that witness from the Holy Ghost. As I continue to live, I continue to have problems and challenges. I have found answers to some of my problems in the Scriptures. I have learned from the experiences of others, and sometimes avoid making the same mistakes. God knows our problems. He will not take them from us, but as a loving Parent, he will encourage us and instruct us on how to solve them. He wants us to grow to become more like Him, so we can enjoy happiness. This knowledge keeps me going when times are tough.

How I live my faith

Although I try to love and help my fellow man, my actions often fall short of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Reading the Book of Mormon, and trying to implement its teachings in my life helps me to improve. Praying to my Heavenly Father allows me to ask forgiveness, and strive to do better. I teach a class of older men at church. More than teach, I really moderate a discussion. I have found that others usually know more that I do, but all of us contribute. When one of us has a problem, the others will help. I find that in trying to help others, I usually gain the most.