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Hi I'm Mike

I live in Alberta, Canada. I work in the post-secondary sector and I recently completed my MBA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a family man and a sports enthusiast. I enjoy playing most sports (squash is my first choice at the moment) and most outdoor activities. I even enjoy watching most sports (I really enjoy the Olympics). I grew up in Southern Alberta in an LDS home. I have six siblings and my parent were both school teachers, although my Mother was a stay-at-home Mom while us kids were young. After high school I went to University for one year before serving a two year mission in Australia. After returning home I did one year of University at Brigham Young University before marrying my long-time friend and relocating to Calgary Alberta to complete my undergraduate degree and start our family. My wife and I have four children, two girls and two boys. I recently went back to University part-time and I'm working towards my MBA. My oldest daughter is just starting University.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a loving LDS home. My first exposure to religion was the LDS faith. My parents were active and it was easy to participate in the various programs of the Church. This participation led me to have a basic knowledge of the beliefs. I was the second oldest of seven children and a pragmatist. Logic ruled. The teachings I was taught made good sense to me and so I continued to follow them to the best of my ability. Of course, I made many mistakes and I was far from perfect. Most were minor mistakes but there were one or two that were more serious. However, I was taught of loving Heavenly Father that wanted me to repent so I repented and continued to try and keep the commandment. Despite my shortcomings, the doctrines of the LDS faith made sense to me and there were many times in my youth that I felt warm and positive feelings about what I was doing and how I was living. These feelings I equated to feeling of the Holy Ghost or Spirit. One of the critical moments for me was when I was deciding to serve a mission. I had completed one year of University and I had been taught about the importance of education. On the other hand I was taught that every worthy young man should serve a mission. I remember in the summer after my first year of University determining that I resolved to find out for sure if the Church was true. I didn't want to waste two years of my life if it wasn't and I certainly wasn't go to tell people it was true if I didn't know for sure. I recommitted myself to reading the Book of Mormon, each night asking for to know of its truth. I had positive feelings but not the big experience I prayed for. I went ahead in faith and began my mission. During the first weeks of my mission while in the mission training centre I had the experience I had prayed for those many months preceding my mission. I knew the LDS Church was true beyond all doubt and I knew that I needed to serve an honourable mission and remain faithful throughout my life.

How I live my faith

I am active in my faith. I have held various responsibilities in the Church that have allowed me to work with children, youth and the other adults in our community. For much of my adult life I have worked with the youth, ages 12-18. I have been a scout leader and have organized many camps and youth activities. I have enjoyed this and have felt it prepared me for having youth of my own. I even had the pleasure of serving the youth while my own children were participating in the youth programs. I have also enjoyed the time I serve in the nursery, a class during Church on Sunday that allows parent to leave their children age 18 months to 3 years in order that the parents can attend their classes. I currently have responsibilities for the financial affairs of our congregation. I help account for the tithes and other donations and I help the Bishop plan and monitor the budgets necessary for our various programs.