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Hi I'm Mike Russell

I grew up in Utah and love outdoors and love the Book of Mormon.

About Me

I love doing anything outside. I love pretty much any sport, my favorites are running, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and rock climbing. I'm also big into music, I love piano and also played percussion for quite a few years during school. There are 13 kids in my family and I love it, i'm never bored. I'm now serving a mission in the Texas, Houston, South mission

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always been the same as I am today. I had a while during my teens where I was a little bit of a "rebel." I have gone through a huge change and seen the happiness I've gained as I've followed God's commandments. It took me a while to realize how amazing it is that we in this church have a knowledge of God's plan for us. I've gained a testimony of Joseph Smith and of this Gospel, following it has made me the person I am today, and I'm grateful for that.

How I live my faith

Right now i'm serving as a missionary for the Church. I've learned through this experience some really helpful habits to live my life in the world but not of the world. I love filling my time with my hobbies of course, but out here I've learned of a peace and joy that comes from spending a lot of my time reading and pondering about the scriptures or doing service. I've felt some of the greatest happiness in my life when spending it with those who are close to me (such as family members and friends). I hope that everyone who sees the way I live will notice a difference and learn of my faith--which is that of a faith focused in Jesus Christ.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mike Russell
Members of the Church are not required to serve a mission, however it is a great opportunity that is given to members to be missionaries and for worthy and able young men and women, as well as senior couples, are given a privilege--if desired--to serve others by going on a full-time mission. I've found how God's church is designed to make us into the best we can be. There is no other church that could make us into better, more Christ-like people than the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints; the way this is done is, in part, by the many opportunities we as members receive to serve others and to exercise our talents. God wants us to participate in His work as much as possible and as much as we are willing because He knows what we become by doing it. Show more Show less