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Hi I'm Michael

Born in Italy, I hold dual citizenship with Italy and the USA. I have been self employed most of my adult life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a literary agent, own a small advertising agency, a clothing distribution company, a British car specialty product company and a rubber duck company. I have been boom operator and site recorder for movies, audio engineer in studios and roadie for bands. I've played ball with MLB players and tossed footballs with NFL quarterbacks, supported fine artists, retaken the streets, chased, and been chased by, tornadoes, rode out hurricanes and earthquakes, fought California canyon fire and wrestled with alligators in the Florida swamp. Though I am not a pilot, I can fly (and more importantly land), drive anything and captain a vessel. I will shortly learn to sail. Though I gave up formal schooling long ago I have never stopped educating myself and can do absolutely anything I put my mind to. My wife and I head a combined family. She brought in five sons and a daughter whereas I had four daughters and one son. Together we have 17 (i think!) grandchildren and we treat each child and grandchild as though they were our own. Actually I am hard pressed sometimes to figure out which is which when asked. I have had a life full of odd occurrences, opportunities and had the pleasure of enjoying the company and friendship of some very interesting people. I always have a story, almost all of them are true. ;)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic & went to 12 years of parochial school. It taught me to think & to ask questions, but also that the answers were not available from the Catholic Church. I always, from a very early age, believed that the church should be able to answer any question about the Gospel but found myself constantly told "its a mystery." When I left school for business the questions remained but now I didn't run afoul of the nuns & the administration. I found that answers from Priests & Ministers of other faiths flew in the face of the words of Christ I had read in the New Testament. It is funny how I came to find out about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a boy I had never heard of the Mormons; Catholic Nuns never talk about Mormons! Mormon, to me, only referred to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a singing group. Dave was a 'regular customer' and he and I had a history of chatting about, comic book super heroes. We started sharing our interest in Science Fiction then in the Bible. I had a stronger knowledge of the Old Testament; he, the New Testament. Our conversations often jumped among the topics drawing parallels in fiction with stories from Scripture. We lent each other books & discussed the stores as we read. One day he handed me the Book of Mormon & asked if I was familiar with it. I wasn't. He said it was unlike anything he had ever loaned me, & it was. I read it at first as if it was a novel. Soon gaining the impression that the writing style was very similar to the Old Testament. I noticed parallels to the Bible, but also that it was worded more plainly. It just didn't take as much effort to extract the Gospel from the stories. I found answers, plain simple, honest, logical and truthful. From that point forward I have always found the answer to any Gospel question readily available in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a Mormon because once you know the wonders of the world; it is obvious, you have to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Since 2005 I have functioned as Activities Chairman, Librarian, and Sunday School President, Facilities Coordinator, Sunday School Teacher and now act as Elder's Quorum President. That means I am "the guy" that hears about it when something physical needs to be done, but it also means that I am first call in the middle of the night to help in a crisis, which is just fine by me. I know i have made that call a few times! Being a Mormon is just so naturally a part of being alive that everything I do is, in a way, being a Mormon. Silly things like stopping for someone in a crosswalk, or opening a door for somebody, male or female, and letting them in first. Trying to leave people with a smile on their face, lending an ear when needed. Its funny really, I just am who and what I am, people ask me "there is something different about you" and I say really? What is different? They cannot put their finger on it, i swear less, or don't drink like everyone else they know, sure but when they find out I am Mormon they invariable say "Oh, that explains it. Mormons are pretty laid back people. But I really do not see myself as laid back at all! Sometimes I will volunteer time at a food pantry or aid someone moving into or out of the area, help an elderly man roof his garage or sit for an hour and discuss the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a member of a different religion. It is not a burden on my life, but a blessing, to be able to assist someone with something I am capable of doing. It is just good, to do good for others.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Michael
If you have a true desire to follow Christ, to live with a more complete knowledge of His love for you, are willing to help those in need, share in the happiness and laughter of others as well as to share their times of mourning, desire to live a clean and honest life, want to spend your life becoming closer to Jesus, you probably DO want to become a Mormon. The thing is, it is easy and gets simpler as time goes on. Talk to a Mormon. Visit with the Missionaries and ask your questions, they don't bite and they are not pushy. Mormons in general are very easy to talk to, mostly because we know the majority of people don't really understand what our faith is all about but it all rings through when you take a little time to talk. What is interesting is that we aren't out to 'get you' because you can't be a Mormon if you do not believe what we believe, way down deep inside. It is the burning desire to be a Mormon that will bring you to the pint of becoming a member. It will surprise you, but probably not surprise us! We all know a number of people that will someday make it to that point, and there will be 15,000,000 Mormons very happy for YOU the day you come to realize that on your own. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Michael
I had a strong basis in the Bible before I became a Mormon. Nothing in the Book of Mormon or taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contradicts any teaching in the Bible. In fact because I had that strong foundation of Bible study and knowledge, reading the Book of Mormon for the first time strengthened my love for and knowledge of the Bible. The Catholics call the New Testament "Good News." The name Mormon means "more good," and that is what the Book of Mormon is, More Good News! It is wonderful that the Bible is comprised of two sections of Testimonies of Jesus Christ, by several dozen people in the Old and New Testaments. The Book of Mormon is another set of Testimonies by several dozen people who were close enough to the Savior that their stories of his divinity were preserved as well. It isn't odd, uncomfortable or foreign, in fact if you take the time to read it you will find that the beauty of the scripture known as the Bible is not paralleled anywhere, except in the Book of Mormon. Together they are the largest known body of writings by witnesses to God's dealings with his children. I love the Bible, I Love the Book of Mormon. I carry them side by side and reference feeely among them both, and, pardon me for saying it this way, you should too. Show more Show less