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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon and an American.

About Me

I am a husband, father, brother, uncle and son. I am a young professional and business owner with a small family. These roles and responsibilities take up almost all of my time. But when I can I do like to get in the vegetable garden and try to grow things. On occasion I actually succeed. I want the best for my family. I am not sure about what political, social or economic events are in the future, but I want to keep a positive outlook and go from there. I have started to read more in my private time as well, and enjoy that very much.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a "Mormon" by conscious and personal choice. It is true that I come from a family that lives in the same faith, but there came a point in my life where I had to decide for myself. After taking time to think seriously about the true meaning behind what I had been taught I decided and it was confirmed to me that I was in the right place. I love being a "Mormon." But more than that title, I love the relationship that I can have with Jesus Christ and how that positively affects my relationships and life vision right now. I love how the important questions of life and eternity are answered by His true doctrine. I'm a "Mormon" because I want to be, and because I really do feel that I have learned here how to have a healthy relationship with our Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. And for most people out there I feel it is the same. I have been asked to fill certain roles in the church and I have enjoyed that aspect. I try to do personally the simple things like saying prayers, reading from holy scriptures and going to church often to hear the spoken word. But it is funny how the simple things are ultimately the most powerful. I do find that when I forget to do these things that my mind gets caught up in the business of life to the point that I feel left behind, inadequate, unorganized or otherwise "off balance." But when I can do these "simple" things just seem to be easier to handle and my priorities seem so much clearer. I live my faith one day at a time by doing the "small" things.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Michael
The church itself does require money to maintain physical facilities and perform many functions. The thing I love about being a "Mormon" is that financial decisions are never based on one's position or ability to gain personally. The reason is that we have no paid clergy. Money collected by tithing donation (defined as 10% of our increase) is spent on the operation of the church and is never distributed to an individual for personal gain. I am confident that tithing donations are safe from individual greed. Because of this I see more clearly the spiritual blessing that tithing can be (see the old testament Malachi 3:8-10). The church does provide an official answer to this question here: Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this, the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.” Show more Show less