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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up as a nomad. I want to be a writer. Everything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to God. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family has moved cross-country a few times, living in places like Maryland and Seattle, Washington. Because of this, I think it helps me understand change a little better. Although I'm not a great singer or musician, I love music A LOT. I love the mountains, especially the feeling you get after you've climbed to the top. My friends and family will tell you that I'm big into books, so I'd like to pursue writing in college I believe that love for God is closely followed by love for other people. If we want to change the world around us, it comes by touching one heart at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. My family taught me to love God and keep His commandments from a young age, using scripture from the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. That is, until I was a young teenager. I became very angry because of some bad situations. A lot of that anger was pointed at God for a while. At about age 17, I decided to seriously read the Book of Mormon cover to cover, with the intention to figure out if God existed, if this was His church, and if He really cared about me at all. After reading through to the last chapter, I prayed to ask if it was true. (Moroni 10:3-5) The peace that entered into me is something I will never forget. For once in many years, I felt happy, truly happy, as though everything was going to be alright. Ever since then, I've worked to get my life in order, and the results have been greater than I've ever imagined. The reason I'm still a member of the Latter-day Saint Church (Mormons) is because it helps me draw closer to God and to overcome different problems in my life. It also helps me learn more of how to love people.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being honest and doing good to others. The Savior often spoke about the need of helping our fellow men (Luke 10:37 ; Matthew 25:40). Many times I've been helped by others in my life, so I try to help others in return. Right now, I'm serving as a missionary in Florida. I've had to postpone college, dating and time at home for 2 years, so that I can share with others about God's plan of happiness for all of us. Part of that includes sharing about how we have living a prophet and apostles in our day, so we can receive help with the challenges unique to our time. People may think I'm crazy for giving two years to God, but since He's already given me everything, it's worth the sacrifice. I've learned that very many people, regardless of age, race or background, look for that kind of happiness only God can give.

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

The Book of Mormon is similar to the Bible in its testimony of Jesus Christ. They both teach that He is the Savior of the world, that He is our Perfect example, that He died for our sins, and that He rose again as the Resurrected Lord on the third day. The main difference I can see between the two books is the location. While the scriptures of the Old Testament were being written by prophets in ancient Israel, a prophet named Lehi and his family were led from Jerusalem and across the sea to the American continent. As time went on, a large civilization grew from this family, and they had many prophets of God who taught the people about His Son Jesus Christ. Their history was later combined together on thin metal plates by a prophet-historian named Mormon and his son Moroni, then it was buried in the ground. In 1823, Joseph Smith was led to the place where the plates were buried by the angel Moroni, who was the last of these prophets to write on the plates. Later, Joseph received the plates and, through the power of God, was able to translate them into the English language. The translation was published in 1830 as the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The way the Book of Mormon is given to us, even the book itself, is absolutely incredible. It has strengthened my understanding of and relationship to the Savior, and I know it can do the same for anyone. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When someone says "testimony", they are speaking about a truth or principle they've come to realize through the power of the Holy Ghost. God is the source of all truth, and we can receive a sure knowledge of something when we've studied and examined it, and then ask Him in sincere prayer to know. For example, if someone wants to know if the Book of Mormon is really scripture from God, they must read and ponder about the teachings shared in its pages. Then, when they've come come to a conclusion, they must pray for a confirmation that their decision is right. We are given the promise that "by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:5) Show more Show less