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Hi I'm Michael Stratford

I am from California. I'm a surfer, soccer player, and pole vaulter. I love to play musical instruments, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Michael and I come from Southern California. I come from a family of seven with 4 siblings (two older brothers, and both an older and younger sister) and I am number four in the bunch. I grew up in a family that loved everything to do with music. I had a wonderful mother who taught me to play piano from the time I was very young; I have fond memories of a loving father who loved to jam out on his harmonica; and I have amazing siblings who were super good at singing and playing instruments. With this musical foundation, I developed a love for any and all kind of music. Learning how to play the piano was the foundation of my love for music, and later led me to want to learn how to play other instruments. It led to guitar, than ukulele, then on to banjo, mandolin, harmonica, kalimba, dulcimer, and even some instruments that I had made myself (with the help of Youtube lol). I have a long list of instruments still to learn! I love the outdoors!! I love the beach, especially surfing, ULTIMATE, and beach soccer! I like to be athletically involved, and can be very competitive. Soccer was my sport, and my usual position was sweeper. I was also a pole vaulter on the highschool track team and loved the feeling of falling from fourteen feet. I also love to hike, snowboard, and am pretty much down to try anything. I am an aspiring mechanical engineer and hope one day to professionally make my own instruments. I LOVE LIFE!

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the church with my parents teaching me the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I followed and was obedient for the majority of my life out of duty and out of respect for what my parents knew to be true and what they taught me to be true...But it couldn't always be that way. I knew that there would come a time that my parents would not be there to tell me what was right and what was wrong, and I knew I couldn't lean on their beliefs. Eventually I had to find out for myself whether the Church of Jesus Christ was really restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith after centuries of being lost. So I spent some time reading and pondering about the Book of Mormon, and spending some alone time on morning and some evening runs into the foothills to talk to my Heavenly Father. After asking my Heavenly Father many times if the everything my parents taught me was true, whether the Book of Mormon is true, and whether this really was His church once again restored on the earth, I had an undeniable answer come to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. I knew that God had answered my prayers, and ever since then I have believed without a doubt that it was all true. I know that if anyone else desires to know if it is true, that they can pray to our loving Heavenly Father, and ask Him if it is true, and, if they sincerely want to know, He will tell them that is is.

How I live my faith

Because I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, and that through Him we can be cleansed of our sins and mistakes and be made clean, I felt the need to share it with my brothers and sisters of God's eternal family the purifying power of His atonement. I submitted my name, and, through a prophet of God, was called by God to serve a mission in the Florida Orlando area. I spent the last two years of my life to sharing the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with God's children that live in the Central Florida Area. As missionaries, we have the responsibility to bear testimony of Jesus Christ being the Savior or the world and the Son of the Eternal Father, to bear testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the Restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and in his atonement, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I have met many wonderful people there who already have such a solid faith and testimony in Jesus Christ, and it has been a blessing to be able to learn from them as well. I served with other wonderful young men AND women who are truly representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ and are a great example to me. I love being a missionary and loved being able to share what I know to be true with my brothers and sisters here in Florida.

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

Michael Stratford
The temple is a sacred place where Heavenly Father's children can learn more about Him and about our relationship with Him. It is also a place for us to make promises, or covenants, with our Heavenly Father. It is a place where marriages are made to last throught eternity and families have the opportunity to be bound together for all time and all eternity, never to be seperated by death. The Temple is the House of the Lord, and as such is a holy and a sacred place. Because it is holy and sacred, people who enter the temple must be washed clean by the ordinance of baptism and be living the commandments and Gospel Standards as taught to us in the scriptures and through modern day prophets. Therefore, we invite all people to come to the temple, to learn about our Heavenly Father, and to join their family together for all time and all eternity. We invite everyone to prepare to do that by being washed clean by the ordinance of baptism, and by living Gospel Standards. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michael Stratford
I am currently serving a mission in the greater Florida Orlando area, and I'm here to say that no one has forced me to serve this mission. By my own will and choice, I choice to dedicate two years of my life to sharing the message of the Restored Gospel with those who the Lord would allow me. I was taught that it was an important thing to do by loving parents and by the example of friends, but never was I pressured. People may look at it as a sacrifice, but serving a mission is really the least I can do to show my gratitude and love for my Father in Heaven who has already blessed me with a knowledge of the truth, as well as many many other things. It is a privilege and honor to take the Lord's commandment (found in Matthew 28:19) to heart and share what I know to be true with so many of God's children here in the Orland Florida area. Show more Show less