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Hi I'm Mike

My wife, Edna, and I have 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren. We face the future together with optimism & hope. We are Mormons.

About Me

Edna and I recently celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. We now agree that while our thoughts and feelings still seem young or perhaps timeless - we sometimes experience increased difficulty recognizing our own face in the mirror. A few months after my 18th birthday, with my parents' permission, I invited the Elders into our home. They taught us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My two younger brothers and I listened to their message and accepted their invitation to be baptized and become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within two years, I was called on a mission to Finland. When I returned home from my mission, I began attending meetings in the Waco Ward. That is where Edna and I met. We were married within a year after my mission in the Salt Lake Temple. That was 38 years ago. In some ways, it now seems like yesterday. With 5 children, and 7 grandchildren, the story continues - and the happiness we feel in the gospel has never diminished through the years despite sorrows we have experienced. The burdens of mortality continue but our hope in the eternities have become brighter with understanding and faith. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Our understanding of His Atonement has been enhanced by a knowledge of the truth received by direct revelation from God through his living apostles and prophets on the earth in our lifetime - and from the record of Ancient American prophets contained in the Book of Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a ‘Mormon’ the last month of my Senior year in High School. It happened naturally over the course of about 18 months. Shortly after I turned 17, I began reading a copy of the Book of Mormon my mother owned. With it, I found other pamphlets – including a brief history of the Church and the Testimony of the Prophet, Joseph Smith. As I read and pondered the Book of Mormon, I felt the influence of the spirit. The words of Jesus Christ recorded on those pages spoke directly to me in a way I could not ignore nor forget. In the process of time, His words and the teachings of other ancient American prophets preserved in the Book of Mormon sunk deep into my heart. The Holy Spirit bore witness to me, personally, that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet – confirming his personal testimony that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ showed themselves to him when he was a 14 year old boy in Palmyra, New York, in the spring of 1820. The promise to all who read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true is this: "if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I found this promise to be true.

How I live my faith

Faith is a principle of Action and Power. As children, we found it natural to use faith because we had very little knowledge. We naturally trusted and had faith in our parents. As we matured, that faith was replaced with personal knowledge. As we learned to trust in our own knowledge, that became easier and more natural than exercising faith - something we naturally did as a child. Faith is acting upon what we do not know and cannot see – but is nevertheless, true. “And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” (Alma 32:21) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Presently, we cannot see our Heavenly Father nor his Son, Jesus Christ. But, there are evidences of their existence. As we ponder and pray about these evidences, we once more open the little used treasure chest of faith. It is like using a muscle we allowed to atrophy. At first, it is hard – perhaps even painful; but, as we continue to exercise Faith, this 'muscle' enlarges in capacity and strength. While reading the Book of Mormon, I exercised a particle of faith and felt the Spirit whispering it is true. Because of this, I invited the Elders to come teach in our home. As my brothers and I participated in lessons the Elders taught, we studied and prayed to know what is true. When we accepted their invitation be baptized, we used the mustard seed of faith Christ teaches about in the New Testament. Now, we continue to exercise faith by attending Sacrament meetings and striving to keep the Covenants we made at Baptism. Sacrament meetings are open to the public. Come see what I discovered as a young man; “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” To find a Meetinghouse near you, copy this link in your browser - http://www.lds.org/maps?lang=eng Come see for yourself. You will be glad you did.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Mike
As each new generation is born into this world, each new child brings a fresh innocent view upon the scene of mortality. It is like being invited to take part in a stage drama with no knowledge of the parts others have played before us; and, being handed a script that has been modified by previous actors. The only way to get the true script is to go to the original Author. The Bible came to us through the sacrifice of many good people. It was mortal man's best effort to capture the truth from available past scriptures of the time. The King James Bible was a complex and vast coordinated project availing the talents of the best scholars of that period. The words from this publication revitalized an entire culture - and helped create the world we know today. It was the only text book in many homes for generations. In this record, we read that, anciently, God spoke to Prophets like Moses face to face. It was from this book Joseph Smith, Jr. learned, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." James 1:5. The Restoration of the Gospel came to a world languishing in darkness without Priesthood Authority void of understanding. God revealed needed truth through a living prophet and enabled him to translate the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ. Together, the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon validate the truth in each. Today, continuing Divine revelation comes to a living Prophet through whom the Original Author gives us the True Script, as He did anciently. Show more Show less