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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in California's southern San Joaquin Valley. I am a retired professor of humanities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 44 years now, have four children and twelve grandchildren. We love to travel and learn about other cultures and peoples. During my career as a college professor, I taught classes on the cultural history of western Europe and loved discussing literature, philosophy, the visual arts, architecture, and music with my students. My wife and I both speak French and have dabbled in other foreign languages as well, i.e. German, Italian, and now Tahitian. I enjoy singing and have performed with many different groups, from classic rock bands to community choirs. I also enjoy playing the guitar in small ensembles.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents began attending the Mormon Church regularly when I was a young boy and I have continued ever since. Even as a child, I loved learning of Jesus and felt he was truly my Savior and the Son of God. As a teenager, I read the Book of Mormon through for the first time and the Spirit bore a powerful witness to me of its truthfulness and of the divine calling of the prophet Joseph Smith to reestablish Christ's church once more on the earth, including the restoration of the authority to baptize and bless God's children as Christ and the apostles did of old. I know we are more than just beings of flesh and blood; we are equally spiritual beings and our Heavenly Father, the Father of our spirit, communicates with us spiritually. His Spirit has repeatedly witnessed to me that I am His child and that true and everlasting happiness comes from obedience to His commandments. I bear witness that He has a plan for all of us here on earth to return to Him and live with our loved ones in His presence.

How I live my faith

I help out in our church by teaching lessons on gospel topics to small groups on Sunday. As my wife and I now live in a retirement community, I and another member of our church also visit several people in our community on a regular basis to see how they are doing and to see how we can be of service to them. My wife and I have also recently accepted an assignment to serve a mission for the Church in Tahiti, with a primary responsibility to assist young people in planning for and achieving their educational and career goals. We will leave for Tahiti in November and serve for 18 months there.