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Hi I'm Mike

I grew in the Mountain West of the United States. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in various parts of the United States. I love mountains and cities. I've had the good fortune to travel the world and spend time in China. I'm amazed at the diversity and vastness of humanity. I love to study and learn and hold several graduate degrees. I have had the good fortune of being married to a wonderful wife and we have created some beautiful children which I adore.

Why I am a Mormon

Believing has not always come easy to me. I struggled early in life with the concept of "knowing" that Christian principles are true. I wanted proof, or at least clear evidence to inform belief. What I have discovered is that God inspires in an incremental way, most of the time. He whispers quietly to those that will humbly and patiently seek His will through prayer and faith, truly desiring to know, or at least believe. He requires our best efforts and a willingness to change our lives for the better. When 18, I had a remarkable spiritual experience when I was given a blessing by a Church Patriarch; this righteous and wise man held Priesthood authority and gave me a blessing by laying his hands on my head and pronouncing a heartfelt prayer. During the prayer, I felt something so powerful which lifted my spirit and made me feel very peaceful and full of amazing happiness. That feeling lasted for many days. I recall how radiant I felt, and how my non-religious friends kept asking what was different about me. I had experienced God's love which washed me clean of all prior hurt and sin, thus filling me with great joy. When I was 19, I decided to go on a mission. It was difficult to face constant rejection and even persecution for what I believed. Being a missionary helped me learn to rely on the Lord on a daily basis. I saw many people experience the miracle of Christ's Atonement in their lives as they were baptized. The evidence was undeniably experienced in their lives in the form of love, joy, peace, and renewed determination to follow God’s commandments. I like to think of faith as an experimental process which produces observational data. The test is to live a good life and seek God through prayer and study, and then follow the nudges to change along the way. I believe that my results are externally valid and will result in experiential knowledge of God's love. These findings are repeatable to anyone who will try. See Alma 32 in Book of Mormon for more info.

How I live my faith

I have held many callings and assignments in the Church including helping with the missionary program and teaching the youth. I love to attend Church on Sunday as it uplifts me. I pay tithing. I avoid commercial activities on the Sabbath including shopping and sports. I use this special day once per week to recharge, worship, and spend time with those I love.