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Hi I'm Mike Russell

I'm married with five kids and have an insurance marketing career. I love running, hiking, and all water sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Education is very important to me. I finished my bachelor's degree while working a full time as a phlebotomist and a part time job delivering pizza so I could also provide for my new and growing family. Five years later I returned for a master's degree in business. I love to read but not just business and self help books, I love adventure novels of all kinds. Mornings are my favorite time of day where I go for a run, read or study. I love time with my kids but time alone is very important to me as well. I have a passion for riding motorcycles. My bucket list is filled with cross country rides I want to take. In the winter I ski and in the summer I go hiking. Most of my leisure time is spent with my sweet wife who is truly, and fortunately, my partner for eternity. We married in 1991 and I can't imagine life without her. Before we met, I spent two years as a missionary in South Korea. I never wanted to go to that country when I was called, but then I really didn't want to leave when it was over. Though I have not yet been back, I love the Asian culture, their food and their history. I was born and raised in Utah with a relatively large family. In the middle of three sisters and three brothers my parents raised us as Christians who love God and serve our neighbors. Together we traveled to every state in the continental U.S. in a motor home. Other hobbies I enjoy include hunting, fishing and all water sports. Being physically fit is not just a goal to me but a way of life.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people would quickly believe that I am a Mormon because my parents were. In reality, that is why I was baptized at the young age of eight, but not why I am still active. I believe, every person must eventually stand on his/her own two feet, religiously speaking, or they really don't stand for anything. For me, I have had personal experiences over many years that have made sure my belief in God, and in His Son Jesus Christ. I have felt His hand in my life at times of despair, pain, sorrow and at times of exquisite joy. These experiences may seem trivial to some, but they are and were very real and sacred to me. As long as I can remember, I have read and studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible. It was not until I was in my late teen years that I took those studies seriously. Since then, I have read and studied the Bible thoroughly and read the Book of Mormon multiple times. I have read and re-read, the words written by the ancient American Indians who were regarded as prophets living among the native peoples of the American continent close to the time the Savior was living in the old world. I firmly believe they wrote those words for people like me. Their words testify that the Savior Jesus Christ truly lived on this earth and when he died, he not only visited the apostles in the old world but also the believers in the Americas. When I study His words, found in these books, I feel His presence and love. I have never studied words of Christ and felt angry, vengeful or hatred. When I live my life like He lived his, I know my life takes on more meaning. I have studied many other Christian religions as well as religions common in Asia. I have found truth and good people in every religion I have studied, but no other faith has given me the confidence in my Savior's love quite the same as His Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a Mormon, I have learned how to reach my true potential in this life and in the eternities.

How I live my faith

Faith in God is central in my life and my family life. Activities we choose are often built around current events in our local congregation or historical events of our ancestors. When I am on the road for work, in whatever state I find myself, I look for the closest Temple where I can serve for a few hours in the evenings. Our family often takes vacations that pass through pioneer sites of interest where we can reflect on our ancestors and what challenges they faced in their lives. While traveling for work, I have visited sites that are much farther from home and more difficult to reach by car, then returned to teach my family what I saw. Each day I spend time communicating with my Heavenly Father in prayer. I believe he communicates with me through the Holy scriptures and the words of His prophets both modern and ancient. For me, this life is a time to learn how to become like His son, Jesus Christ. As I have studied the life of Jesus Christ, I learned that he spent his time always thinking of others and always serving. I hope to become like that some day. Over the years I have served in numerous positions where I could share my talents and love for the outdoors. The Boys Scouting program taught me to love nature and treat it properly, serve those around me and give back to my community, all while holding God in the highest regard. Since I earned scout's highest rank of Eagle as a young teenager, I have worked personally with dozens of young scouts to do the same thing. I now lead other scout and young men leaders in teaching them how to serve the youth around them. They are teaching our young men how to become citizens who contribute in positive ways to their families, communities, and our nation. Even more broadly, they are teaching them how to bless our world society.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Mike Russell
Our bodies were a gift from God to each of us. We show our gratitude by treating these gifts with respect. Beyond that though, God wants each of us to be happy. Healthy people are usually more happy than those stricken with illness. God has taught us how to live healthy lifestyles and avoid substances that typically form addictions and poor health. It's really all about self control and one who can control his personal desires can do amazing things to serve man kind. Show more Show less