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Hi I'm Michael

I'm a Mormon. I lived in many places in the U.S. I served in the U.S. Army for 22 years.

About Me

I am a father of two boys and two girls. I grew up in schools where the only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were my brothers and my little sister. I served a 2 year mission in the Australia Brisbane [Queensland] Mission. I met my wife in college. I enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private, later went to Officer Candidate School, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, and retired after 22 loyal and honorable years. I now work for the U.S. Army as a cvilian. Growing up my father decided that his boys needed to know how to work. He bought a milking cow, a calf, and chickens. He built a barn and a chicken coop. My job was to clean the barn, feed the cow and calf. Of course I had to milk the cow everyday in the evening (my father would milk the cow in the morning). My brother had the chicken coop and the other brothers gathered the eggs. We always had fresh milk and eggs. One winter we had a severe snow storm. The stores were closed. My father opened his doors to the neighbors so they could have milk and eggs. My father taught me how to share with others. My mother taught us how to make butter. It was fun and with fresh baked bread it tasted even better. I enjoyed riding my motorcycle in the desert with my friends. I did enjoy playing sports throughout my school years. I enjoyed representing my university at the United Nations in New York CIty where we achieved top honors two years in a row. My wife and I have been married over 30 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and did as Moroni challenged me and you to do -- See Moroni Chapter 10 verses 3-5. I asked God, in the name of Christ, if these things that I had read were true and by the power of the Holy Ghost I knew what I had read was true. My life was not and still is not perfect but I am happy. I love my wife and my children. I watched my father and mother enter the waters of baptism and when I was eight years old, they were there to watch me and then their other children enter the waters of baptism. My friends ask me why I do not participate in everything that they do and my response is: because I choose not to. I do not drink alcohol, smoke, or drink coffee. I have personally seen the affects of those that are addicted to those subsances to include illegal drugs. Some have overcome those addictions and are happier. I remember before my mission call to Australia I was challenged to read the New Testament, the Book of Mormon and Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage and my testimony grew even more. I have a greater appreciation for Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World and my personal Savior. He atoned for sin for those who repent and follow Him. I believe that. I know that Joseph Smith prayed and received an answer to his prayer. He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He saw the angel Moroni and translated the Book of Mormon. It is the word of God just as the Bible is the word of God. We have a living prophet on the earth today. I believe in Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by attending my Church meetings every week. I am a Sunday School teacher for the 12 to 14 year-old youth. They challenge me to study my scriptures and prepare the lesson. We are currently studying the latter-day prophets. They enjoy hearing about the prophets when they were young, especially when they were teenagers. One latter-day prophet wanted to strengthen his arm so he could play on the varsity baseball team. Hi neighbor did not know that is what he was doing because he thought he was just trying to irritate him by throwing his baseball for hours against his barn wall! It was later when the neighbor found out when the young man was on the baseball team and won the state championship. I am involved in the Boy Scouts of America since I was a little boy. My sons are both Eagle Scouts (by choice) and I have assisted other young men in their pursuit of becoming an Eagle Scout. The Scouting Program does assist a young man in not only survival skills but also in exploring different occupations through the merit badge program. My son thought he would like to be a dentist until he earned the dentistry merit badge. He did not like the confined space of a "mouth" and all the small tools as well as preparing the top and bottom molds. He enjoyed the medicine and first aid merit badges. I am still wating for him to earn a medical degree. Other young men have found computers or american business occupations that they are interested in pursuing. Every year at spring-time our local Church organizes about 200 young men to assemble at the local park to particpate in Parks Appreciation Day. This past year they repainted a barn, installed new barn doors, cleaned up over run blackberry bushes, trimmed trees, and cleaned up open spaces from unwanted schrubbery. I am a hometeacher and visit families with young children in the home, adult children in the home, and children are grown up and out of the home. I enjoy teaching them a lesson each month. I love them.