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Hi I'm Michael Morgan Mann

I'm in the people business. I'm a big fan of homes, but not of houses. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of 4 children and I'm the only boy. When I was younger I didn't have a father figure in my lief; all I know about my biological father is that he was Mexican, and hit the road when he found out I was coming around. Until I was 8 years old, my grandmother and mother, along with the rest of my family, raised me in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was 8, my mom married my step dad. Growing up in my family was pretty stressful for the most part; all of us have our unique challenges and mountains we climb. But it's interesting to see that the more I have the gospel in my lief, I'm able to have stronger relationships with my family and I'm better positioned to offer service and aid. When I was around 15 or 16 I stopped prioritizing things like going to church and having a strong relationship with Christ and Heavenly Father. I started playing music and getting involved with school extra curriculars. By the time I had been out of high school for a couple years, I started seeing people who were younger than me leaving on their missions. Friends who for a long time would look up to me, we're now the people I was looking up to. Finally one day I had a friend talk to me about filling out my mission papers, and I felt as if it was God's way of slapping me awake. 6 months later I was serving in the Florida Jacksonville Mission. I've since returned from the mission and life has never been the same, for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

There has never been a time where I doubted the teachings of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, even when I didn't actively attend church or keep the commandments. Around the age of 16 I started surrounding myself with my varying influences. Friends, counter-culture collectives, political and social ideologies, etc.. I very quickly became enticed by the notion that there was no absolutes. "That with such varying circumstances we're so consistently encompassed by, how could there be immutable principles & truths that could govern such great bodies such as we?" This was my intellect process. I started to apply other friend's opinions & outlooks to the church. I fortunately was surrounded by many people who would challenge me regularly to challenge the norm, to test things, to push things to the limit, to seek for myself. Their results often were the same: that there was no God, nor did these institutions such as churches have validity or attention worthy clout. My experience, however, differed. I would apply basic principles such as prayer, faith, scripture study, etc.. & the result was always the same: I would feel the Holy Ghost. I came to a scripture in the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:19. It teaches of how the natural man is an enemy to God, but through the atonement of Christ, we can remove this enmity. It humbled me. I know I don't have all the answers, & that to rely on constructs of the natural man will lead me further away from God. But as the prophet Alma(Book of Mormon prophet) has coined, I have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, & I can't deny what I know to be true. It only makes sense for me to act upon the knowledge that I do have. Things that I don't have a strong understanding of I can work on, but they won't shake what I do know. There is so much out here we don't know or have capacity to understand. If something is truthful, it will bring light into your life. The Book of Mormon & the LDS church hasn't brought me anything but light.

How I live my faith

In the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Mormon church, young men and women have the opportunity to serve he lord for a period of two years. This is called serving a mission. I served my mission in Florida. I believe faith to be a principle of action. The things I know to be true influence how I live my lief from every facet such as what I say, to decisions such as what my priorities are. Ultimately what my beliefs lead me to is service and charity. Love is the gospel cultivated in its culmination; it's the example of Jesus Christ that daily strive to emulate. Jesus Christ said that first you have to love God, then love yourself, then others. So, that seems to really be the goal here. You can't love yourself to the fullest without loving God, and you can't love others to the fullest until you know how to love yourself. If you can be loving those 3 entities, then you're starting to get somewhere. Right now I'm showing God that I love him by keeping his commandments. I'm loving myself by putting those two years, that I put on the table for God to use to shape me into something better than what I was before I left on my mission, to good use by continuing the things that I started back in Florida. I am trying to love others by sharing with them what has brought me joy and happiness. We(Mormons) are a peculiar people. In a world with shiftin values and swaying trends, we strive to share what roots us and keeps us firm. I don't know how many people will listen to me, or if I'll ever be able to show others how much I do care about them, but it's my hope that I will be able to help someone. If there was only one person that I could help, what personal sacrifice would be too great?