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Hi I'm Mike Berry

I grew up in California. I'm a Father of five, husband of an amazing woman, a Financial Planner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of five awesome children and the husband of a beautiful, talented, smart and fun wife. I have a lot of interests but right now it's all about family, financial planning, and a fitness (and maybe a project or two around the house every now and then).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe the restored gospel of Jesus Christ gives me answers about my life and how I can be happy. As I have continued to study, live, and exercise faith in Jesus Christ and His teachings, I have become sure that what I originally believed to be true earlier in my life continues to be true later in my life.

How I live my faith

Several times throughout my life I've heard people say "he doesn't drink alcohol, or smoke, he's a Mormon." At a basic level, I don't drink or smoke because of the things I have been taught, but as I have abstained from those things over the years I have gained insight into "why" and feel the blessings that have come. Here are some of the reasons why I don't: 1) While there are a spectrum of substances people take into their bodies for fun, healing, mood/mind alteration, relaxation many of these do not bring long term benefits. Based on my beliefs, I seek inner peace born out of long term sustainable habits, personal achievements, and proper nutrition. I don't always succeed but I try to put good things into my body and be healthy. 2) I don't ever have to wake up with a hangover, get a diagnosis of kidney disease from abuse of alcohol, or worry about emphysema or lung cancer from tobacco smoke inhalation. 3) Moderation is a good principle, but I have seen research that implies some people may have a pre-disposition to alcohol and/or drug addiction. If I am one of those, it is better to not try them at all. 4) A friend and I were recently talking about some political topics and he commented how little we know compared to what God knows (about everything). None of us know what we don't know. With this topic, people might say, "a glass of alcohol every now and then is no big deal, it might even be good for you." To that I say, "we don't know what we don't know." I have faith in God, what I feel he's asked me to do , and in the promises he's made if I do His Will. See verses 18-20 at this link: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/89?lang=eng. At a basic level that is enough. As I've tried to do what He's asked, I learned "why." That doesn't mean I don't make mistakes or that I absolutely will have a healthy body. The likelihood I will be healthy is higher, but more importantly, to the extent I follow God's will, spiritual security is absolute.