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Hi I'm Mike Griffin

I grew up in Santa Clara, California. I left the city to study agriculture. Now I work daily to help feed the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm very outdoors oriented. I was an extreme snow-skier before I knew what extreme was. Same goes for water-skiing. I backpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains (they have the Rockies beat, hands down). My wife and I cycle much more slowly now than we used to, but we can still get to the finish. Every year we do at least a couple of endurance rides. One of our favorites is 80 miles long with 8,000 feet of climbing in a day. We are always glad to bring along new adventurers with us, and love to make new friends as we meet people in these activities. It seems the more mature I become, the more I enjoy all kinds of people. I also work outdoors. I advise tree farmers on how to maximize profits while producing healthy food of value to the world's customers. California is such a rich agricultural area and I'm excited to be right in the middle of it. I also invest a lot of time and love into the people of my church. I was recently asked to serve as the bishop of our ward (kind of the equivalent of a parish in some churches). This means I organize things and give spiritual guidance to those I serve. Kind of like a pastor or minister, only I'm not paid. I have a wife of 28 years and an 18 year old daughter. My life is full and rich. It doesn't get much better than this!

Why I am a Mormon

From childhood I have yearned to know as much truth as possible, and to understand how the world works. I believed that there was power in knowledge. Always inquisitive, I was encouraged by friends and relatives to become a scientist.I studied biochemistry, genetics, and plant sciences with an emphasis on orchard production. Later, after working as a scientist I realized that an understanding of business and people was necessary to understanding the world. I believed there was power in persuasion. I got an advanced degree in business and went into sales and marketing. Then, at age 30, I married and discovered the power of devotion and commitment to a spouse. At age 38, after a three year investigation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I recognized that these people knew real truth, and I joined the church to learn more about what they knew. At age 40 my wife and I had our only child, a beautiful daughter. From that time forward I slowly, gradually learned the power of sacrifice and love, of service and family. Now, after 20 years of ups and downs in my commitment to the church I have learned where true joy and continual peace come from. And that is REAL power. As I become the person that Heavenly Father created me to become my life just gets better. As I follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and of our church leaders my life gets better. A better life, and a continually enlarging recognition of truth. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The fact that there was no paid clergy or administrative staff in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was a big attraction to me when I joined at age 38. What I hadn't considered was that because of this we members must do the work ourselves. The result is that we get the blessings that come with this service. Over my 20 years in the church I have been asked to do many things. I taught 4 and 5 year olds for a couple of years. I led our young adult men for a while. I also worked as kind of a go-fer for our young women ages 12-18. I also worked as a financial clerk, writing checks, accounting for tithes and other contributions, and setting up budgets for the ward. One of my favorite things has been to prune grapevines and pick grapes to make raisins for our church's welfare efforts. This is dirty work in either hot,sweaty conditions or freezing foggy conditions. And it is very rewarding. The raisins we produce are boxed up and used for humanitarian aid all over the world. People dying of malnutrition and hunger are nursed back to health with the raisins we produce through hard work and discomfort. This is how I live my faith. Through faithful service wherever it is called for.