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Hi I'm Mike

I am a retired IT professional from Los Angeles County, a husband, father and a grandpa. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Los Angeles, went to BYU, earned a degree in Computer Science and eventually went to work for Los Angeles County. I served a two year mission to Mexico where I learned Spanish and developed a love for Spanish speaking people. I am married and together with my wife, we raised 7 children. We have 20 grandchildren with 2 more on the way. I'm retired and spend my time working on personal projects that I never had the time to do while I was working.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon and I have been a Mormon all my life. As I became older and started to learn the doctrine of the church, I gained a testimony of its truthfulness. The knowledge I have of the "Plan of Salvation", which talks about our pre-mortal existence, why we on earth and where we are going after this life, is precious to me, especially the role that Jesus Christ plays in that great plan. The plan teaches that the family relationships do not have to terminate with death. The Savior intimated at this when he told Peter, "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven". What is worth binding more than those family relationships that we have spent years cultivating in this life? A granddaughter passed away when she was three due to a metabolic disorder. We have the assurance that we will be with her again in the next life.

How I live my faith

Because of my belief that "Families are Forever", my wife and I spend time cultivating and nurturing family relationships, spending time with children and grandchildren. Now that I am retired I look for ways to give back. I spend one day a week at one of the church's "Bishop's Storehouse" (food bank), where church members can receive food assistance. I also currently serve as the Executive Secretary to our Stake President (a Stake is comparable to a diocese). I am also compiling a Burnham family history, with pictures, histories, etc. to pass on to my children and grandchildren.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Mike
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ and His divine mission to save mankind. A prophecy found in the Old Testament (Ezekiel 37:15-17) talks about a stick of Judah or a book that contains a history of the descendants of Judah. This is the Jews and this book is the Bible. The prophecy also mentions a stick of Joseph or a book that will talk about descendants of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt. This is the Book of Mormon. The prophets, whose teachings are found in the Book of Mormon, knew that they were descendants of Joseph because of the genealogical records they kept. The interesting part of the prophecy in Ezekiel is that it says that the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph will be joined one to another into one stick and that they will be come one in God's hand. The crowning event in the Book of Mormon is the visit of Christ to the Americas after his resurrection in fulfillment of the words He spoke in John 10:16. He taught the Book of Mormon people his gospel as He did in Israel. With the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the prophecy in Ezekiel has been fulfilled. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Mike
The Savior said that "Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. But what about those who died having never accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ or who died never even having heard of Jesus Christ. Peter, in his first epistle (I Peter 3:19-21) talks about Christ going and preaching unto the spirits in prison, mentioning specifically those who lived in the days of Noah. Why would the Savior do this if there was no chance for a person to accept His gospel after death? Peter answered this question (I Peter 4:6) by saying that gospel was preached to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. If the gospel is accepted, then the ordinances of baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost must be performed. This can only be done on the earth in temples specifically built for performing ordinances on behalf of those who have died. Show more Show less