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Hi I'm Mike

I'm from the United States and work in information technology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Music has always been a part of my life. I have played the piano for years and play bassoon in local symphonies whenever I get the chance. I graduated with a degree in music education, taught for a few years and decided it wasn't for me and to work in information technology. After making this decision, I moved to a new city and state to pursue my new career field.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed I had a purpose on this earth, and that there's more to life than just "living in the moment." My parents taught me the principles of the Gospel as a child, and as I've lived those principles, I have come to know the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus is the Christ - the Son of God. I know He died upon the cross and rose the third day from the tomb. He is my savior and redeemer, and through Him, I can repent and be forgiven of my sins and wrongdoings. Because He lives, I am more confident and strong. While I know I'm not a perfect person, I try my best to do what He asks, and when I fall, I get back up, ask for help, and move forward in faith - not looking back to fix what I can't change. These teachings guide my actions daily, and have made me the person I am today.

How I live my faith

When I moved to my new city, I only knew my sister's family. I decided to attend a local ward (congregation) for young single adults. The people were incredible, and I quickly decided I needed to be in this ward, volunteering for whatever I could, sharing my musical abilities, and attending activities with these people who are now becoming my friends. Since arriving, I have visited some of these fine people in their homes, gone to activities with them, given a sermon in our worship service, and helped with service projects cleaning our church building. Recently I've been asked to oversee the Sunday School program in our ward, and I couldn't be more thrilled!

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

Mike
Since the time of Jesus, the gospel He taught has been handed down, written down, copied, burned, translated, lost, hidden, found, translated again, and so forth. We've got the Bible now, and it's a wonderful book teaching the love of God to His children on the earth. The problem is that there is "one Lord, one faith, [and] one baptism," and for thousands of churches to believe so differently based on a single book, it's difficult to find just that one! That's the beauty of the Restoration. When Joseph Smith was alive, he prayed to know which church to join, which interpretation of the Gospel was the right direction for him and his family. The response was that God lives, talks to His children, and provides them with direction in our day. The Book of Mormon establishes the truth of the Bible and shows us that God talks to His children all over the world - teaching them the same things as Jesus and all the prophets taught in Jerusalem. If you are hanging something heavy on the wall and you don't want it to move, you use multiple nails or screws to hold the item in place. This is, in essence, the reason for the Book of Mormon! To help hold the truth steady in a world that can twist it any way they like. Show more Show less