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Hi I'm Michael Hankins

I'm a fisherman through and through. I'm the youngest of 5 brothers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The outdoors is my passion. I love to fish, hunt, camp, and hike as often as possible. Aside from heading out to a shimmering, blue lake in the morning on the weekend to get my line wet I work at the local Red Robin. I graduated in 2012 and my original plan was work until the December and then I would go to college at Brigham Young University Idaho. However the Lord had a different plan for me. In late October I was given the opportunity to serve my mission earlier than expected. After praying and pondering the scriptures and the feelings of my heart I received the impression to serve. A few months later I got my mission call.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church. But even so, I had to learn for myself that its teachings were true and of God. I never had one big conversion moment to which I knew that it was the true church, but more a steady increase in knowledge and belief. The pieces all began to fall together as I grew. The last puzzle piece fell into place when I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to my Heavenly Father to see if the things I read were true. An overwhelming comfort came over me and that confirmed that it truly was the one true church on this earth restored in this, the latter days, by Joseph Smith. Going through High School my standards were attacked hard and repeatedly. I was constantly told that it was stupid to not have a beer with friends or smoke weed. But I knew that by following the commandments I would be blessed and have a long and prosperous life. Above all, being a Mormon has brought me happiness, hope, faith, and love. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Charity is love. As a youth, my youth group and I would always strive to find ways to help those in need and lift them up. That could be done in a number of different ways. I remember a few buddies and I, throughout the winter would always get up early to scoop the snow off an older ladies driveway. It is by small and simple things like that, that great things are brought to pass. Before I decided to become a missionary I was a leader in Boy Scouts as an assistant Webelo Leader. I helped the boys learn life skills and work towards achieving their goals.