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Hi I'm Mike Mortensen

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Silver City, NM and am a graduate of Brigham Young Univ. I'm married and we have 8 children.

About Me

I am a retired secondary school teacher and taught for a total of 27 years. Mostly I taught Spanish (all levels), but I have also taught geography, history, and government. I fell in love with the Spanish language when I served as a missionary in Peru and Colombia. I also developed a great love for the Hispanic people. The last several years I have developed a passion for landscape photography, and I now live in an area where the varieties of God's creations seem endless, from the high alpine peaks of the San Juan Mountains to the deep red rock canyons and everything in between. I love sharing, through photography, the beauties that surround us here.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who belonged to the LDS Church, but over the years I have had to gain my own testimony of its truthfullness. Like the Bible says, only God can tell you the truthfullness of things pertaining to Him, and He does that through the Holy Ghost. The Spirit has often spoken to my heart testifying to me that I am on the right path. I've had no magnificent revelations telling me so, nor do I ever expect to receive one. The Spirit speaks peace and joy to your heart when you seek the truth and then listen for the answer with sincerity and "real intent." I feel my Savior's love surrounding me every day of my life. He knows me personally and intimately and He knows how to help me through every difficulty. He doesn't remove the challenges, He simply gives guidance, comfort and strength to meet them head-on. It's not the challenges we face that make us stronger, but how we deal with them, and I am so glad He is on my side.

How I live my faith

I love to be active in my community in various ways. I volunteer at the local food bank when it is open, I participate in our local community choir, and I teach Spanish and photography classes at the local public library. I am the leader of the men's group in our local branch of the Church. We try to keep the men of the Church here active in visiting the members of the Church every month. It is important to know them all, what their needs are, what their talents are, what their dreams are. We all need support of friends from time to time, but we can't help someone if we don't know what they need, and human nature resists asking for help.