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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in Oklahoma, USA. I was in the United States Army. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies include spending time with my wife. She is the most wonderful person ever! We have been married for almost 3 years! Although we have yet to be blessed with children, I know the time will come when we will get to be parents. I also enjoy reading, jogging, and a little weight lifting. I am interested in Monday Night Football and Ford pickup trucks. I am graduating from college next semester and am applying to graduate school for Marriage and Family Therapy. I was originally planning to be a Chaplin in the United States Army. After the initial training, things did not work out (medical disqualification), but the Lord has blessed us with other opportunities that have turned out very nicely.

Why I am a Mormon

As a 14 year old boy, I was reading Elder James E. Talmage's book, "Jesus the Christ." As I read, I realized that the question of Jesus' divinity was indeed the question to be asked. "Was He indeed 'The Christ,' or merely a good man who helped others?" I prayed to know if Jesus was the Christ. I immediately felt a burning in my chest. I knew that Jesus was the very Savior of the world, the Son of God. I then was impressed to pray about the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith, the (then) Prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, and the overall truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I again felt that warm burning in my chest, and I knew it was true. Since then, I have not missed one day reading from the Book of Mormon. This (daily Book of Mormon study), more than any other thing I have done has helped me stay on the straight and narrow path (see Alma 31:5). That is why I so strongly invite others (at school, church, etc.) to read daily from the scriptures in general and the Book of Mormon in particular. I know that if we will hold to the rod, we will make it back to live with the Lord (see Hel. 5:12; 1 Ne. 11:25).

How I live my faith

I serve as a home teacher. That means that a fellow member of the congration and I are responsible to watch out for a couple other families in the congration, in addition to our own. We make sure they have what they need, help them with what they need, and report needs that we cannot address to our Bishop (the leader of our congration). I also help the Bishop as his second counselor (assistant) as he "shepherds" the congration of 180 people.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mike
Testimony is to know and to feel. Conversion is to do and to become. Testimony is important because IF YOU CAN BE TALKED INTO THE CHRUCH, YOU CAN BE TALKED OUT OF IT. With a testimony, this is not so. You are in as long as you keep it strong. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mike
We believe that we ACCEPT the grace of Christ BY our actions, not BY our words alone. For example, when handed a rope after falling into a pit, we must hold on (not merely say we are going to hold on) so the Savior can pull us out. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Mike
Peacefull and fufilling. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Mike
Ask around for anyone who has seen the guys wearing white shirts and ties on bikes; then go and talk to them. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Mike
For the same reason athleates don't - it hampers them from obtaining their ultimate goal. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mike
For the same reason only some people are allowed in the NFL - if you are not ready, you will be too much! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Mike
Believing enough to do. While we are at it: Hope is a positive attitude and Charity is forgiving those who don't have faith or hope. : ) Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Mike
For the same reason Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Moses did: they were the Lord's prophets and the Lord commanded them to do so. Therefore, the 'real' question is "Was Joseph Smith a prophet of the Lord?" Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Mike
An outline for great peace and happiness. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mike
Of course they were born 'that way'! We all were born into one challenging situation or another that has been given to us in mortality to help us grow and prepare to come back to live with Heavenly Father. If, however, we humble ourselves before the Lord and have faith in Him, His grace is sufficiant for all men, and He will make our weaknesses and temtations - whichever ones we were born with - into strengths: pure and strong and tall in righteousness. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Mike
Daily Book of Mormon study individually, as a couple, and as a family. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Mike
By doing the same thing to our spirits that oil does for an engin - it allows things to function smoothly at a hight level of heat and pressure. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Mike
The Book of Mormon proves that the Bible is true! That Jesus Christ is the only way to go! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Mike
For the same reason that men hold the door open for women - to serve and protect and love the precious women of the world! Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Mike
Regarding the Atoning Sacrifice of the Savior: Jesus Christ got what He did not deserve (the suffering for all sin)so we could get what we do not deserve (eternal life) if we will but follow Him. The Atonement of Christ is not PART OF the Gospel; IT IS the Gospel. Show more Show less