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Hi I'm Mike

I've grown up in the City of the Oaks. I want to live a balanced life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Mike. After my mission, I will attend college, where I will study music performance with an emphasis in organ. I have always enjoyed the ability of music to bring people together and unite them in a common purpose. I also enjoy this outlet to express emotion, passion, and sorrow. I have played 70-100 pipe organs in several states, including Michigan, Texas, Utah, Idaho, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, and Nebraska, and enjoy the beauty and variety of sound that each one can produce. In addition to the pipe organ, I also play the piano, play the viola, and dabble in guitar, ukulele, and lap harp. I have many hobbies, including Amateur (Ham) Radio, where I hold a General (2nd-level) class license, biking, cooking, jogging, playing basketball, and watching movies. I enjoy spending time with my friends and siblings.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Christian and a Mormon because I have a knowledge of how obedience to gospel principles has blessed my life. Jesus Christ is the perfect example serving others, and I know that as I draw nearer to him, I will experience satisfaction and fulfillment that I can share with others.

How I live my faith

I am now a full time missionary, so I spend my time teaching others about Jesus Christ and his teachings and restored gospel. In addition to that, here is what I wrote before my mission: I live my faith by serving in various callings (assigned duties and responsibilities) within my local church unit. I am organist for my congregation, so I prepare the hymns by practicing the notes and reading the text so that I can phrase and express it in an artistic manner that conveys the message of the hymn. I also have participated in welfare services, where I have helped unload a truck with food for the needy in our area of the church and distribute it among those who need it. This normally takes a couple of hours every other Wednesday. I also have prepared and accompanied choirs, served as a den leader and scout merit badge counselor, and earned my eagle scout award by leading a service project to create benches for a historic African-American cemetery in my hometown's downtown area.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mike
Mormons believe in the law of the tithe, where we are asked to give 10% of our income to the Lord's church. He created us, so everything we possess, is but a gift to us from him. He gave us 100%, and we are expected to only give back 10%. This can be hard at first, but it becomes easier as you build the habit. Also, you can feel a sense of satisfaction as you know that you are bringing forth God's work. Show more Show less

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

Mike
Our bodies are gifts from our Heavenly Father. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health, called the Word of Wisdom, to Joseph Smith in 1833. The word of wisdom has 2 parts: a negative part and a positive part. The negative part is what is held as one of the minimum basic standards for church membership and means not using tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. God promises great blessings to those who apply this part. The second part, which is held as important, but not as a standard for church membership, entails exercise, getting up and going to bed early, and eating certain things: grains (many times interpreted as whole grains), fruits, vegetables, and a little meat. God promises additional blessings if we obey this portion, but it is not commonly held as a membership standard. Like any other commandment, god is giving us a set of principles with promises, including that of health to the navel and marrow to the bones, as well as great/hidden treasures of knowledge. Obedience to the word of wisdom can bless you and your family. Show more Show less