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Hi I'm Mike

I have lived in Utah, Oklahoma, Finland and now South Carolina. Old doesn't explain my life. I'm a Mormon tells more.

About Me

I got married late, 33. I guess I was afraid of marriage. My future wife caught my eye and I asked her to come to Hawaii with some friends of mine and thus started our 6 year courtship. Now we have 3 children and one grandchild and I now wish I had asked her to marry me earlier. I joined the Army National Guard in Military Intelligence as a linguist. In college I was confused as to what I wanted to do with my life but found through jobs that I was a born salesman. Actually, it was an acquired talent which I really attribute to training from my father. He was the best typewriter salesman west of the Mississippi. I needed to branch out on my own and he helped me start my own business selling office supplies and gifts. Eventually, I started a bakery, a pen store, a stuffed animal store and then took to designing outdoor lighting and selling 'Sleep Number Beds'. What a life. Actually, it is not over.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, my mother used to read stories from the Book of Mormon. I loved the stories and they were just as exciting as the ones in the Bible she read. I heard about Noah and his ark, Daniel in the lions den, David and Goliath and Christ healing the sick and raising the dead. From the Book of Mormon I read of Nephi and his family sailing to America, Enos praying for one solid day to get an answer to his prayers, the Lord touching rocks to make them light the way, and prophets telling that Christ would be born in Jerusalem and how He would visit the Americas after his resurrection. From these teachings I developed an understanding of some great stories but as I grew older I wanted to know personally if they were true or just good stories. I found that not all of my friends even knew of the Book of Mormon. Why didn't they? I decided to pray about these things and ask God if they were true and was He real. Did Christ really come to earth and give the teachings in the Bible and Book of Mormon? I started to read for myself, I went to Church whenever I had the chance and then I prayed to know if it was all true. At first, I just felt peace in my heart regarding its truth. Then I noticed how things fit together and supported the stories and teaching Christ left us. I decided I wanted to be a missionary and tell others what I had learned and believed. I went to Finland as a 19 year old missionary, a frightening task for one who had never lived away from my parents. I loved the experience and after I got married, I wanted to share the experience with my wife. As soon as I retired, we offered to again help and ultimately have been called to South Carolina to share our testimony that the fulness of the gospel has been restored to the earth through a modern prophet. Now I will again be teaching not only of Noah but of Nephi and prophets today who have been called to show us the way. I thank the Lord for the peace it brings to my life. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

In the past, I have been involved in organizations like Rotary, and I helped start a non-profit organization which helped families get educated and deal with deficits and problems in their personal or family lives. I found that as I helped others, I recognized the Saviors teaching of how important it is to serve others and how much joy it brought into my life. When my kids were young we traveled as a family and had fantastic experiences together. I worked with my boys in scouts as their assistant scout master. I grew to love the scouting program and recognize some of what I missed in my youth. I served as a missionary in Finland when I was 19, for 2 1/2 years and grew to love the people even if their language was so difficult to learn. Lately, for the past few years I taught teenagers at Church and most recently I was asked to teach the adults. In our Church we are not professionals and probably most recognized my struggle to teach them, knowing most of them probably could have done a better job. However, I learned the teacher learns the most and I loved that part of the job. The best part of the last part of my life has been my family. My wife has built a huge file of our experiences together and it just keep growing. Our kids are on their own and are now learning from their own 'growing pains' like I had. Each one has their own talents which they are now recognizing and enlarging. We love seeing their progress and pray for them everyday in their struggles. I hope my life now shows I am proud to be a follower of Christ. He is my example and I have found following His teachings makes life much easier.