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Hi I'm Michael Kay

I've grown up in a rural part of North East England. I love to sing. I draw whenever I can. I will soon be an uncle! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born a country boy in the North East of England. My dad tossed me down a hill on my bike without stabilisers when I was 4 years old and I have loved cycling everywhere I can ever since. I studied Art & Design National Diploma at Newcastle College. With music having that special ability to uplift people, singing has always been a love of mine whether it’s singing in my choir, The Swing Bridge Singers, or in the congregation at church. I also continued playing the recorder; contrary to most people giving it up after primary school. Everyone has their interests, and for me it's collecting crystals, gemstones, and seashells. I also like trains. For a while I've been a member of Young Rangers on the Coast in partnership with Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, voluntarily doing work benefiting the local community and environment. Having that work ethic has brought me to love and enjoy working in the outdoors despite the British weather. Working in the countryside with Young Rangers and observing different natural and man made structures through my art has helped me appreciate God's creations in their many varieties. I am currently serving in the England Manchester Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people have said ''you're just in this religion because your parents brought you up this way'' or have made the ridiculous notion that we're brainwashed. Yes, I was brought up in the Church but I think that it's wrong to be acted upon. Our Heavenly Father gave us agency so that we can choose for ourselves. When I was a teenager I got a bit rebellious as many of us do and I had my doubts about it all. I found that the further I moved away from the morals that my parents taught me, the more miserable I was. I had to find out for myself if it was all true or not. I came to realise that it was true through praying to my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ and receiving an answer. It has brought me more happiness than I ever could've imagined. Many people present the argument of "if there was a god, why would he allow suffering to occur?" I think a few words in 2 Nephi 2:2 in the Book of Mormon answer this well - "and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." We have bad times, yes, but there is an opposition in all things and I know that our Heavenly Father will help us in our bad times if we will ask for him and from these trials we will be benefited; we become strengthened through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

With my area being so rural, members of the church are quite thin on the ground so Alnwick Branch of the church is small in numbers causing almost everyone to have a duty of some sort such as giving a lesson. This life is to learn, progress, and become stronger and by having opportunities to get out of my comfort zone doing things like teaching, I’ve learned to love and find happiness in strengthening other people’s faith while strengthening my own. I feel like I have to give my Heavenly Father something back in return for the gifts he has given me, so despite my career and education being at a standstill while I serve in the England Manchester Mission for two years, afterwards I hope to include my beliefs in the art I produce and the music I perform to use as a positive force. While serving in the EMM, I've learned that happiness comes through sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and improving people's lives.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Michael Kay
I think if there was a building that was extremely dirty with rubbish thrown everywhere and with holes in the walls; it would hinder our desire to venture into the building. The Holy Ghost resides within our bodies to guide and comfort us and it is the same principle with the Holy Ghost not wanting to enter a body that is defiled through the choices we have made. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Michael Kay
The temple is where we can be closest to God on this earth. It is a place to find peace and escape from worldly things. We go there to receive guidance and to make covenants with God; promises we make to him and promises he makes with us to bless us when we keep them. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Michael Kay
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of several Prophets’ records, from approx. 600 B.C - 421 A.D, containing their prophecies, revelations, and testimonies given unto them by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost: "Behold they were manifest unto the prophet by the voice of the Spirit; for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh." - 1 Nephi 22:2. The Book of Mormon is named after the prophet Mormon who, towards the end of the book, compiled these several records into one. This record was translated from reformed Egyptian, the language of the people of that time, into American English by the prophet Joseph Smith, a farm boy, through the power of God. The Holy Ghost does not just bear witness to prophets; you are promised at the end of the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:3-5) that if you pray in the name of Jesus Christ to know if the Book of Mormon is true, you will receive an answer in one way or another that it is true through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less