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Hi I'm Mike Black

I am a New Grandpa and the father of 3 Great Kids, 1 Daughter in law, and the Best wife/mother in the world and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a new Grandpa!!! I'm an empty nester!!! and I don't feel that old. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have been married for 30 years. She is the light of my life. I have 3 great children, an unbelievable daughter-in-law and now a grandson. What could be better? Well, I guess all of that along with a retirement home in the mountains over looking a beautiful trout stream wouldn't be too bad? Well we can always dream. I love all sports and will try just about anything. My problem now is that when I do these type of activities my recovery time is too long. I never thought I would have said that. I grew up in Southern California, went to school at Arizona State. Move to Michigan for 5 years. Back to Arizona, then to Southern California and now for the last 9 years have been in Georgia.

Why I am a Mormon

It would have to be because of friends and families. My family growing up were members. However, we were really only active at Easter and Christmas. During Jr. High School my 2 best friends were members of the church and through their friendship I started attending church. It was playing church basketball, softball, & volleyball that seemed to get me going at first because at that time in order to play church sports you had to attend church at least 2 times a month. Well that was easy. I had great leaders and the friends were great. It made it easy attending 2 times a month. I wanted to go every Tuesday and Sunday. It was when I turned 15 and started going to church dances that i really started to change. The young women were great!!! It was at that time i met my future wife and her family. It was them that taught me the gospel and helped me understand my mission here on earth. During high school my Mom and Dad split up and it was my future wife's family that helped me get through everything. They have been great and a special part of my life. As I look back I can see that in addition to my wife's family it was a ward and stake family that all seem to support me in everything I did. And for that I am eternally greatful.

How I live my faith

By trying to be the best each and everyday. I have learned many things and know that there is so much more out there to learn. I try to follow the example each and everyday that Jesus set. I have learned: Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different, Honor Baptismal Covenants, Follow the Lord’s Example, Be Steadfast and Immovable, Defend Our Testimonies, Choose the Right, Share the Gospel and Keep High Standards. One of my favorite quotes comes from Elder David A Bednar, "In many of the uncertainties and challenges we encounter in our lives, God requires us to do our best, to act and not be acted upon, and to trust in Him. We may not see angels, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming spiritual impressions. We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, as we strive ever more consistently to do well and to become better, we can walk with the confidence that God will guide our steps." I bear witness that the power of the living God is in this Church today. I am thankful for the atonement and the example of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith had seen a vision and through him have been restored all the powers, keys, teachings, and ordinances necessary for our salvation and exaltation. In my calling now I have the opportunity to serve all and I try my best each and every day to Stand as a witness.