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Hi I'm Mike.

I grew up in New Hampshire, but have spent most of my life in Indiana. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a retired college professor of computer science. My hobbies are many and varied, including: woodworking, amateur radio, reading, stamp collecting, and weaving. I'm married and have a large family - 4 daughters and 6 sons - with a growing number of grandchildren. My wife and I were recently called to serve a temple mission in Campinas, Brazil. We are excited about the prospect of serving the people of Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

My family joined the Church when I was 11. Two Mormon elders got lost driving along the roads of rural New Hampshire, and found us! My father had not been at all interested in any church, though he came from a good Christian family. But he readily agreed to be taught by the missionaries. For me, becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt like I was coming home. The Church is an important extension of my own family. My life has had it's ups and downs. Through all of the turbulence, my faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His atonement has kept me going. My faith continues to grow stronger. I can see His hand in my life encouraging me and strengthening me in the down times, and bringing me joy and peace all of the time when I turn to Him.

How I live my faith

I've had a wide variety of opportunities to serve in the Church. At one point I served as the bishop of our congregation. More recently I have had a chance to watch over and see to the needs of several of the older sisters in my role as a home teacher. One of those sisters taught me how to weave, passing on to a younger generation a skill she had practiced for eighty years, but which she was afraid would die with her, since her children had shown no interest in learning it. We both benefitted from that experience. I gained a new hobby. She gained a sense of self worth.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mike.
First, I wholeheartedly believe in the "Official Church Answer" to this question. Homosexual behavior is, as the scriptures clearly state, against God's law, just as fornication and adultery are against God's law. There are no exceptions, but there is always repentance. God loves all of his children. Christ died to redeem all of God's children. To these statements there are also no exceptions. I am firmly conviced that whether a person experiences same gender attraction or not, he or she is still a child of God. God's love for us is constant, but that does not mean that He will always approve of our choices or our behavior. Through the atonement of Christ, all of our hurts and pains, all of our sorrows and anguish, will be taken away. All of our sins will be forgiven on condition of repentance. All these are His. He paid the price for them, and we have no right to hold on to them. Show more Show less