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Hi I'm Mike Kigin

I grew up as a Catholic and attended Catholic grade school, high school, and college. I am a Mormon convert of 47 years in 2016.

About Me

I graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. After being commissioned through the ROTC program, I served two years on active duty as a finance officer and 26 years in the Army Reserve in multiple capacities. I am a CPA and retired in 2006 after 31 years as an accountant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I married a Mormon physical therapist who I met in the Army in Japan. We were married in Japan in 1969 and have five children--three boys and two girls. We have fourteen grandchildren--nine boys and five girls. My wife and I served an employment mission in New York City from 2008 to 2010 and are serving another mission in the Church History Library from Oct 2016 to Apr 2018 in Salt Lake City. We are both longtime adult volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and have assisted the LDS-BSA Relationships office for several years as proofreaders and with ldsbsa.org, the Church's Scouting website. We have also worked in our local district as unit commissioners, and as leaders in our ward's Cub Scout and Boy Scout units. We are recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit. We are interested in travel, genealogy, reading, and watching grandchildren do fun things. We have visited all 50 states, the seven continents, and many countries around the world. We enjoy getting together with extended family, as well as traveling to areas of the world where our ancestors came from.

Why I am a Mormon

In early 1969 I found myself on a train for several hours in Japan with a beautiful, but talkative, Mormon woman who was an Army PT. Judy took advantage of the fact that we were the only English speakers on the train and explained her beliefs to me in quite some detail. This conversation led to our becoming best friends and to the beginning of my interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I attended church with her and met her friends, who were great examples of the Gospel. What I learned on that train ride, and later, made a lot of sense and answered many of the questions I was having about my Catholic faith. I spent a lot of off-duty time with Judy because we both enjoyed going skiing and seeing the sights of Japan. I fell in love with her and she with me, but in June she got out of the army, left Japan, and I was left brokenhearted. We had talked about a future together, but she was determined not to marry someone of a different faith and I was not yet converted. You would have thought that might be the end of my interest in the Church, but a spark had been ignited and after she left Japan, I continued to take the missionary discussions and attend Church meetings. I prayed a lot, and one clear night in July on the top of Mt. Fuji I received a witness that the Church was true. I wrote to her that I was going to join the Church, whether or not she returned to Japan. Meanwhile, she had been traveling in Europe but missed me terribly. She decided she would marry me whether or not I joined the Church and wrote that to me. Our letters crossed in the mail and we were both thrilled that we had come to independent decisions. We made arrangements for Judy to return to Japan where we were married a month later. We have remained faithful to each other and to the Church ever since.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the commandments of the Lord and by serving in whatever capacity in the Church I am asked to serve. This has included my serving five years as bishop of my local congregation. I pay my tithing and I attend the temple regularly. I attend Church services on Sunday and keep the rest of the Sabbath day holy, by avoiding activities that are not appropriate for the Sabbath. I try to be a good example to everyone who I know and I encourage my family members to do the same. I have a testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and try to share that testimony with everyone I meet through conversation and good example. I believe the Church is led by living prophets. I believe Joseph Smith was chosen by God to be the first prophet of modern times, that he saw and spoke to God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and that he translated the Book of Mormon from ancient writings. I believe that the Book of Mormon is a companion scripture to the Holy Bible and that together with the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price they contain the precepts of the Gospel.