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Hi I'm Mike

I'm an architecture student who loves playing the piano and being outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished serving a mission in Australia. I took two years away from school, family, and work in order to serve as a full-time representative of Jesus Christ. I spent each day teaching the gospel, giving service, and talking with people on the streets. It was an incredible experience that taught me much about myself and about working with others. I loved witnessing the joy that other people gain as they learn and begin living the principles of Christ's restored gospel. My focus now is schooling and employment. Before serving my mission, I enjoyed making friends at university and having the opportunity to learn new things. Now, having returned, it has been fun rediscovering that joy and to finally begin focusing my studies in an area I love very much: architecture. For nearly as long as I can remember I have been building with Legos, sketching out floor plans, and imagining structures, buildings, and landscapes bounded only by my imagination. I am excited to finally begin exploring the relationships of science, mathematics, and art within the field of architecture so that I can one day dream up structures that can be designed, built, lived in, and admired. When I'm not studying I find time to be outside. I love pulling weeds and planting flowers in the garden. I also love going to the park with friends or jump roping by myself out on the driveway. Though I don't consider myself exceptionally skilled in sports or athletics, I enjoy being outdoors and being active.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided me with many opportunities to learn and live its principles, but I still had to find out for myself if it was true. Through my personal prayers and experiences I have learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is true, and living its principles has brought me much needed happiness and peace. I have had many personal, sacred experiences that have revealed to me that I have a Heavenly Father who hears and answers my prayers and that He is concerned for my success and happiness. Most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ is my Saviour. I have experienced the personal healing which comes through His Atonement and know what it means to be forgiven of things I've done wrong. I'm not a perfect member of His church. But the principles taught by leaders and within the scriptures have helped me to continue improve slowly over time. I know for myself that Christ's gospel is true, and that it exists in its fullness in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live one day at a time. I remember one particular week in high school when I had daily track & field practice, an upcoming track meet, an upcoming orchestra concert, an overnight youth activity, and other before and after school responsibilities. When I looked at the week as a whole I didn’t know how I could ever reach the end. So, instead, I tried living just one day at a time. I prayed to Heavenly Father to help me focus and to have the energy to do my best. I found that I was able to focus on the task at hand, and I performed much better than anticipated. It took faith to believe that everything would turn out right in the end. But having faith that I would succeed worked better than stressing over all the things that wouldn’t happen for many days to come. Although I didn’t know how there would be enough time for everything I needed to do, I pushed forward, prayed often, and did my best to focus on what was most important. In addition to living one day at a time, I see each day as an opportunity for improving on the day before. I know I make mistakes, everyone does. But just because it's normal to make mistakes, I know I'm not excused from the responsibility to learn from my mistakes and do better in the future. As I make an effort to learn from my mistakes, I end up stronger and happier. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me that opportunity to improve. It has taught me how to know when I am making the right decisions, and what I can do to become better each day.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes He did! The Book of Mormon is an account of events which happened in ancient America. It includes the prophecies of prophets, stories of trials and hardships, and miraculous experiences. The most significant of these miraculous experiences is the appearance of Jesus Christ to the inhabitants of that civilization. After Christ's crucifiction and resurection, He visited the Americas and the people there. He performed miracles, blessed individuals, and organized His Church--the same as what He did throughout his life in Jerusalem. The account of Christ's ministry in the ancient Americas is contained in the Book of Mormon, in the book of Third Nephi (beginning in 3 Nephi Chapter 11). Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

As a missionary, I loved visiting people in their homes, in parks or libraries, and on the street. It helped me develop my social skills as we got to know them, and then focused on helping them live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By sharing my own experiences and inviting them to do similar things, we helped them tap into the blessings available to them through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some people mistake that missionaries are out to "get them" or "convert them." However, that's far from the way I see it. It's not a persons' responsibility, nor their right, to force anything on friends, family members, or 9in the case of missionaries) people they meet on the street. However, with all the blessings we have received in our lives, it's hard not to share! When I was a missionary, upon planning to visit a new individual's home, I prepared by thinking of the things they might need in their life. Then I searched the scriptures to find the verses that have helped me when I had recognized similar needs in my own life. Missionaries will always try to centre their teaching around Jesus Christ, because He is the most important person that they represent. The things I learned and experienced from the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ have helped me find joy, and I only wish that others could know and feel the same things I do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

A simple answer to this question is that Latter-day Saints perform baptisms for the dead because we believe the Bible to be the word of God. In discussing the resurrection of all people, the Apostle Paul taught "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" (1 Corinthians 15:29). In other words, the belief in a resurrection leads to a desire that all people might have the opportunity to enter God's kingdom by obeying His laws. One of these laws of heaven requires that everyone is obedient to God's requirement of baptism. Some people lived when there were no teachings of the importance of baptism. Others may have lived among people who knew of this importance, but never actually learned of it themselves. Thus, since not all people have had the opportunity to be baptised in their lifetime, the opportunity to accept the ordinance of baptism is made available through baptisms for the dead. A living person is baptised in behalf of the person, requiring only the use of the deceased person's name. Such an act does not force a deceased person to accept the ordinance. As it is our choice to be (or not be) baptised in our lifetime, an individual who has passed away still has the ability to accept or reject the baptism done in their behalf. Show more Show less