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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in California. I am a computer programmer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As a young man I enjoyed playing sports, such as football, baseball, and basketball. My recreational sport was handball and raquetball. I also liked playing ping pong. I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I have a degree and I work in a field that has nothing to do with my degree. I have been involved in various service projects in helping the community and church. I love ice cream and chocolate cake, but try to limit intake as the years add up. I like to do woodwork though I'm not that good at it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it teaches all of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Even the official name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". Unlike most churches which are named after a specific doctrine, concept, person, or location, this church clearly states whose church it is. The doctrines clearly tell me where I came from, and why I am on earth, and what happens and where I go after death. It teaches me that I am the literal spirit child of Heavenly Father. There is a clear understanding of what is meant by the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it directly affects me. I find there is great hope in these teachings. The doctrines are clear and not muddled in mystery. This church can show that their authority goes back to Peter, James, and John from Jesus Christ. Jesus selected and ordained with proper authority those he wanted to represent him. I find it comforting to know there is actual priesthood authority that is recognized by God and not decide to take it upon themselves. I was baptized by immersion, being completely covered with water as was with Jesus and performed by someone who had the priesthood authority like John the Baptist did. I have a testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the authority to act with the approval of Jesus Christ and preaches the true gospel of Jesus Christ. The scriptures tell us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, which means God will work with prophets yesterday, today, and forever. There are prophets, seers, and revelators in this church that have been called of God, who keep the commandments of God and set a righteous example for us. They strive to pattern their lives after Christ's teachings. It is because of these things and so many other elements where the spirit has born witness to me that this church is Christ's own church and directs his will through its prophet. The gospel taught here tells us that families are meant to be together forever. I love it.

How I live my faith

Over the years of membership as a Mormon in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve had many opportunities to serve people. I try to study the scriptures every day. Among the scriptures I read are the Old and New Testaments; the Book of Mormon which is a second witness of Jesus Christ; the Doctrine and Covenants which contains important doctrines and ordinances and covenants we make with the Lord; the Pearl of Great Price which are translated manuscripts and revelations of Moses and Abraham and testimony of the restored gospel that was lost to apostasy. I have the opportunity to work on welfare farms, canneries, storehouses and for the blessing of the poor and needy. Although working at these is a blessing to me. Through my experience with the church I have had the opportunity to plan and carrying out social and work activities, visit the homes of members and watch out for their welfare, give talks in various meetings, bless the sick, lead groups of men, serve as a bishop over a ward (congregation), administer and minister over thousands of members within a geographic area called a Stake. I have been able to teach various classes in church, such as Sunday School, priesthood, strengthening marriage, temple preparation, priesthood preparation, and many others. The church has given me many opportunities and has helped me to develop talents and spiritual gifts. Since assignments in the church are given under inspiration, we are sometimes given assignments that stretch us. The Lord sees within us and knows who we are and what we are capable to do. With that assignments help us grow to our potential. Every assignment in the church is looked upon as important and all assignments are volunteers. I have been blessed with knowledge, experience, and increased testimony that Jesus is my Savior and that I am known personally. By fully embracing activity in the church my faith is much stronger, and I am able to do what the Lord requires. I am happy.