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Hi I'm Michael Horton

I am an adult convert who has a strong testimony of the Gospel.

About Me

I am a father of 3 boys and 1 daughter. My daughter lives here in Tucson and my boys live in Virginia Beach with their mother. None of them are members of the Church. I hope through my example they will become elect to consider becoming members some day. My father passed away when I had just turned 16. My father's friends were not much help to me. However, two of his LDS business associates became mentors never once giving me any pressure to join or consider joining the Church. Their character and example of how to live one's life did spark interest in the Church. In my 20's I did business in Utah and got to know LDS businessmen. I marveled at how their employees generally were successful. I observed that their work ethic, sincerity, character, and humble nature developed from being members of the Church were probably why they were successful. That sparked my interest. A couple of years later I was ready to accept the missionaries. I was inspired by the Gospel, and after prayer for a few weeks was baptised. I met and married a non-member a few months later. She agreed to listen to the missionaries, who were unfortunately a very condescending retired couple. Being an educated career woman, that offended her and she rejected the Gospel. We were married in her Church. Soon after I fell away. The marriage ended in divorce, after which I came back to the Church for periods between inactivity. I am now active attending Church every week with a strong Testimony of the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

When I prayed for guidance before deciding to become a member of the Church, I got a clear message to do so. When I prayed about becoming active again, I got a clear message. Coming back to Church for good this time was due, in part, to seeing how so many people lost in the world these days are struggling with their lives and how the Gospel would help them. The wickedness in the world these days is at a level I have never seen in my 56 years here on Earth. Heavenly Father's help helps me to avoid it. By following the Gospel, I have received many blessings and know of other people who have also. My life is so much better living the word of our lord. I give my personal testimony that Heavenly Father answers ALL prayers. He has for me. The timing of his answering those prayers is not always when I want it to be, but it always happens at a time which later is obvious was the best time.

How I live my faith

Since coming back to the Church, I have been given an assignment as a Home Teacher. That service has been very rewarding. One of my assigned members was a 94 year old WW II veteran. Talking to him has given my benefit of his wisdom and life experiences. When I thanked him for his military service in WW II, he lit up like a Christmas tree. He recently passed away and I miss our visits. His wife of 63 years is a wonderful spirit who has shared many of their life experiences with me. I visit her between Home Teaching visits. I am certain I will benefit from other assignments and callings. I have always been active in my community, even before joining the Church and during my periods of inactivity. People seem to fall into my life who need help. Once, I met an inactive member while waiting in line at a bagel shop. She looked like she was having a very bad day, so I asked her if she was OK. The result was my sitting down with her and listening for a couple of hours. It was a surprise when I learned she was an inactive member of the same Ward. I challenged her come back to Sacrament meetings sitting next to me, and she eventually did attending about half the time. I hope she will again become active. People has been dropped into my life who are not member. I never pressure them to take the missionary lessons. I just do what is reasonable to help them. I believe in the saying "every member a missionary".