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Hi I'm Michael

I am a life long Pittsburgh-er, an outdoor fanatic, always up for a new challenge. I'm a mormon

About Me

I am a lifelong Pittsburgh-er. I unfortunately like most in this town watch too many sports - we are a town with a football problem after all. I serve my community as a volunteer paramedic, with a local EMS company. I went through 3 different schools before I finished my degree in Occupational Health and Safety. Its puts a basis for me of everything I love to do. Helping other, the science and even more odd legal documents. Yes I enjoy reading court cases and federal laws that relate to my line of work. I played the Upright bass for many years - wish I had one now. It was something that took my mind to other places and allowed me to relax. I love to camp and be outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the LDS church while I was in college. At that time God used the Acme method of converting me. I wondered away for a while but seem to have found my way back now. It took Heavenly Father to use some miraculous methods to get my attention. As I mentioned, Heavenly Father used the Acme method; by that I mean: I was in a friends room, while in college, she was sewing and talking. I picked up her Book of Mormon out of curiosity and began reading. The words started to float off the page allowing me to read it. Guess I should mention I have a reading disability that makes reading small print almost impossible. As I mentioned I walked away because of not knowing and not understanding what we as Mormons truly believe. I returned to the Catholicism - in fact taught the faith to children and adults. Taught both converts and those born in to the Catholic Church. When I returned to Catholicism - I had a constant hole inside my heart; something important was missing. I had to go back and research the church, the science side of me wouldn't let me just jump back in without understanding all of the facts. I needed to be sure that I could defend and fully understand everything that occurred.. I kept in touch with my Mormon Faith through music. There is a powerful connection that one can find by listening to different hymns and songs regarding faith. To me the greatest part of the restored gospel is knowing that Heavenly Father sent his only son to die on a cross for our sins. The atonement, of Jesus Christ wipes away all our sins if we accept Him. We have to do the work here and not sit idly by. I continue to follow the Gospel today because it is who I am. It is inside me, it completes and makes me whole. There is great joy in serving others, and sharing the joy I have found through this church. I love to do family history work - learning about my ancestors is awesome! There is something about connecting with ones past that makes all the hard work worth it.

How I live my faith

I am learning to live it everyday. I believe that heavenly father answers our prayers in ways that we least expect. In my case I was trying to figure out what to do with my faith - and who comes to the door? Two sister missionaries.. That is a blunt hit. Now I am trying to be the best person I can. Learning to integrate my faith into daily activities. The spirit works in mysterious ways. I never thought I would be back in an LDS church. I walked away from the church, because I couldn't understand the events occurring in my life. I never quite felt at home in the local church because while I was at school; friends became more like my 'family'. Once home I felt out of place. Now that same ward which was uncomfortable is now home. Now, I feel like its where I belong. I have found that sometimes it takes walking away from what is truly important to realize what one had. I believe that earlier in my life I had to learn what was important to me and make the decisions to stand up for what I believe with out worrying what others think of it. Today I still fear defending my faith, not because I am unable - instead because I don't want to push people away or scare them because I have found the strength in my beliefs. People who know I am LDS ask a lot of questions because they do not understand my faith. Its almost contradictory to everything the people I work with do. In EMS, just about everyone copes by drinking or smoking. Dealing with death, injured, sick or dying takes a toll on people. Often times turning to destructive habits is how we as humans deal. As a Mormon - I have learned just to pause and pray in the most difficult times. Its amazing, in the back of an ambulance, to just pause for a moment to ask Heavenly father for his help and guidance as I begin to help someone in need. There is so much in our daily lives that one can turn to Heavenly Father and have the spirit to be with us. It is very calming and reassuring when you can feel His hand upon you.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Michael
There are members everywhere in the world today. All of us are willing to share our faith. Please feel free to ask us about what we believe, why we use the Book of Mormon, what are temples? I encourage anyone interested In the LDS church to talk with the missionaries. There is something special about them. The spirit they have while they are out on there mission is incredible They can answer any questions that you have regarding the LDS church. They have probably been asked it before. I also recommend on this site, using the chat function to talk with someone. You may also call to speak with a missionary over the phone. 1-888-537-6600. If one wants to see our services please come worship with us! Visitors are always welcomed. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Michael
Being a Mormon is no different than being any other faith. The biggest difference that I can find is living the faith, following Gods commandments, studying scripture and praying. You will find that many of us that are called Mormon do not quite fit in the normal mold. We believe in scripture study, prayer and attending church. We are a missionary church - we go out to all the world to bring people to Christ. This isn't just with the full time missionaries but as members we are directed to do this as well. We believe that families are important and we can be with them forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Michael
The simple answer to this is NO. WE believe in helping any one. It does not matter ones faith. In my local church - we have a family that moved into the area from the Ukraine - they are not LDS. They needed help due to being refugees. We came together to do what ever was in our power to make their stay in the city more comfortable, and see that there are others that do love and care about them. This was not done because they were Mormons - but because they were people. With they church as a whole, we donate nearly a $1 billion dollars in cash and materials for humanitarian assistance in the past 30 years. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Michael
The restoration what necessary because after Christ's apostles all died the truth had been removed from the earth. After Christ's death, resurrection and ascension into heaven - there were many martyrs for the faith. During this time, in the church we describe it as the Great Apostasy. This isn't only a Mormon idea, but is one that that Apostles themselves prophesied about. Joseph Smith's first vision - restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Over time, Christ restored his priesthood and reorganized his church on the earth. During all this time, the bible was on the earth. Many times over it was translated and retranslated. Ideas were taken out of context or changed to mean something different based on the time people were living. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Michael
There are a couple ways of looking at this question: Full time missionaries: We have a great tradition as Mormons of sending out missionaries to all parts of the world that will have us. With that we are not required to go on a mission. For some it is not feasible, safe, healthy or financially possible. There are numerous factors that must be taken into account. Personally I did not go on a mission. I converted while I was in college. At the time I was not finically stable, have the resources or the necessary family support needed for a 2 year mission. With that, I hope that once I am older I will be able to go on one as a retired senior. Every member of the church: The best way I have heard it explained is - Every member a missionary. Meaning we all have the responsibility to bring others to Christ. To share our faith and invite others to find the same joy that we have found. Show more Show less