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Hi I'm Mike

I grew up in Northern Minnesota & Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature difference was huge! I am a convert and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My mother died before I was 3 years old. My grandparents took me, my dad, and my baby brother into their home. I was raised by my Grandma until I was 14. My dad remarried and we moved to Phoenix. After graduation I joined the Navy and later married. After loosing two children, we adopted a little boy. Before he was 2 years old my wife died at the age of 23. After her passing, I got out of the Navy to take care of our son. I was working in N. Dakota, drinking heavily, and smoking like a chimney. After a DUI my boss invited me to attend church with him and his family. He sent the missionaries and I continued to go to church. I read the Book of Mormon and knew it was true. If the Book of Mormon was true then Joseph Smith had to be a prophet. My biggest fear was that I could not quit smoking. I told my boss, "If I can quit smoking, I will join the church." Two days later I threw half a pack of cigarettes out the window (littering) and two weeks later I was baptized.

Why I am a Mormon

I always knew my mother was in Heaven, and I have always believed in Christ. After the passing of my first wife, I knelt with her Baptist Minister and I knew at that moment, without any doubt, that Christ was my Savior. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answered many questions for me, and saved my life. I know that Jesus is the Christ and Joseph Smith is a Prophet. The Book of Mormon is true and it too can save your life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

After joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I moved to Arizona where I met and married my wife. We have 7 children, 37 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons, with 2 great-granddaughters on the way. Sometimes the road was rocky, as I struggled with smoking on and off over the years, but I was able to overcome it with the support of my family and understanding ward members. My wife and I served a mission at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in Sharon, VT, and we will be leaving soon to go to the Johannesburg, South Africa Mission.