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Hi I'm Mike Smith

I'm a retired glazier/bus. owner. Grandfather of 26. Love scuba diving, cycling, travel and am a Veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 67 year old grandpa of 28 wonderful grandchildren and seven married children. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 47 years. I love to be with my family but have to admit I don't have the patience I ought to have when we get all 40+ of us together - it's a pretty rowdy crowd. I love to work with my hands and am considered a pretty accomplished handyman. I love working with wood and have made three caskets for family and friends. I love to travel and have visited 75 of the temples of the LDS Church. I'm a retired U.S. Coastie. I spent 27 years with the Coast Guard and feel very proud of the great organization it is and it's humanitarian (search and rescue) mission.

Why I am a Mormon

As mentioned above, I have had many experiences (three very profound ones) that have led me to a sure knowledge that what I believe is real, true and absolutely necessary for my eternal salvation and joy. The LDS faith has given me an anchor in a world of constant change, challenge and secularism. I have found great comfort in the churches teachings about the importance of family and that the godly characteristics spoken of by Paul to the Corinthians, are best learned and practiced in the family and home setting. Strong marriage relationships are usually developed through much trial and adversity - at least it has been so with myself and most of the people I know. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives me many tools to help me in those family relationships and especially during those trying times when I often just want to give up. Knowing that a loving Heavenly Father gives me most of the trials I have, gives me hope, knowing that He does so in order that I may learn another (or better) godly attribute that I need, to become like Him. And, knowing that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, and my willingness to accept him as my personal Savior, I have been redeemed from the fall of Adam and will be saved in the Kingdom of God. This great hope comes from that simple faith and leads me to desire and seek after charity, the "Pure Love of Christ". In the end, if we (I) don't have that love, all the rest is, as Paul says, "as sounding brass or tinkling cymbals". Mormonism encourages me to develop this love and has given me the direction, the tools, and the setting to do so. The rest is up to me.

How I live my faith

I have been a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a teenager, like most, I questioned my churches claim to being the "restored gospel of Jesus Christ", which prompted me to make a diligent search of other faiths to investigate their doctrine and dogma. After several months of searching I determined that the LDS faith was able to answer my many question more satisfactorily than any other religion. I have always had a simple, but strong faith in the existence of God. Because of a very profound experience I experienced while deciding whether or not to serve a full time mission, I knew my youthful faith was not misplaced. I knew even more that God is real, that Jesus is His only Begotten Son, the Redeemer of the world, and that they have, indeed, restored the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ back to the earth. Since my mission I have been very faithful in my religion by trying diligently to share it's message of faith, salvation and family importance. I love to serve and, because of my handyman expertise, I have no shortage of opportunities to do so. I served another mission in 2012-13, with my sweet wife, as "Military Relations Missionaries", in Killeen Texas at Fort Hood, a huge Army base. It was an amazing and rewarding experience and confirmed the need of religion in our lives. We witnessed, first hand, the many young men and women, who have left their faith (LDS and otherwise) and floundered in a secular world that tempts and challenges them to indulge in any and all of the world's enticements. It assuredly convinced me that having my life anchored in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is essential to weathering the storms and vasisatudes of life. And, to have a truly happy and fulfilling earthly existence.