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Hi I'm Michael Morris

I spent two years in Alaska serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the first born of four children. Both my brother and my sister were born with TAR syndrome which is an auto immune disease and genetically left both of them with short arms. The last of the four children is a girl and she escaped the TAR syndrome. I have grown up with a deepened understanding for those with difficulties. As 14 year old I spent several months in New York attending an international scholarship camp. The camp was designed to pull 60 boys together from all around the world. We learned and worked together. I have a deep appreciation for other cultures. After completing high school I attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelors in Political Science. I continued my education at Utah State and completed a masters degree in Instructional Science. I spent over 20 years teaching seminary to youth. Seminary is the study of ancient and modern scriptures. I am raising three magnificent girls with the help of my wife Kimberly. Family is where I have found my greatest joy. I have visited several countries but find the United States is still my favorite. I have been in Russia, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Egypt, Israel, and different portions of Europe. I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and am currently disabled. I am a Mormon and it is within the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have found answers to my questions and the fortitude to continue on. I am a strong believer in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that partly belonged to the church already. My mother grew up in California as a member of the church. However my father did not join until I was five years old. My mother and father met at Colorado University. My mother always said that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) was the only church that would put up with me as a child. However when my physically challenged siblings came along my father began asking questions which eventually resulted in a spiritual conversion to the church. I always sensed that my father was frustrated that I did not understand how important and true the church was. I guess I hadn't had to fight for answers to life's toughest questions yet. While serving as a missionary I had many occasions to watch and feel what the messages taught in the LDS faith did for people. In that process I gained what I call a sure witness that what I was teaching and had been taught growing up was rock solid truth. Many years have now layered experiences that have reassured me that a prophet now leads the church today under the direction of Jesus Christ to provide salvation for everyone today if they will but listen and follow. One of the initial sources of my confidence in the truth of the LDS teachings came from my experience with the Book of Mormon. In my mind there is no question as to the validity of the book. I can prove the text as revealed by the hand of God in so many ways. However the greatest proof is by the spirit of God and I have had that born to me on countless occasions. It is easy for me to see and say that the life's of people are more full and joyous when one is reading from the pages of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has helped me understand Jesus Christ better than any other written text. I affirm my belief that the Book of Mormon is the revealed word of God.

How I live my faith

I am currently a High Priest teacher in my ward. However, the best thing I do currently is to be a home teacher. I currently visit a single mother and her son. They are living with Melanie's mother. Melanie's mother is from Wales and provides insights with an English attitude. Melanie is currently teaching secondary education to the youth in the Counties youth detention center. Her son lives with them and has just returned from a two year mission in California and is helping me understand the power of Facebook in sharing the message of the Mormons. I also teach Nicolas and Leena Unlandt. Leena is from Finland and Nicolas is from Holland. They are delightful and spend most of their spare time finding their ancestors and doing Temple work for them. By profession Leena is a nurse and Nicolas teaches French at Brigham Young University. They both speak multiple languages. Leena is currently creating a letter to my friend who is serving a mission in Finland. I also visit with Bruce who has just lost his wife. Bruce works in the Provo Temple performing marriages for the living and the dead. Bruce taught Japanese at Brigham Young University for many years. I like listening to his memories as he recalls time spent in Japan and Hong Kong. I really like to listen to older people as they share their stories. My home teaching companion is named Harry Broxton. He joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints later in his life. He and his wife are currently in charge of the local Family History Research Center where they help anybody find their ancestors through various records that the LDS church is compiling. Harry spent his working years in Florida helping space ships reenter the atmosphere. My favorite job in the church I attend was working with the nursury kids while their parents attended meetings. I have always loved being with the children. Maybe this means I need to grow up.