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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up Utah. I am a retired theatre and film teacher. I act in community theatre. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a part-member family. My father was not a member and came to Utah in the early 1940s to marry a 'Mormon girl." He would see how others of the LDS Church would live or not live their religion. When I was born, I was baptized in the Catholic church and was blessed in the LDS church. While growing up my brother and I would attended the Sunday School and Sacrament meetings when our father was working. When our father had a day off, we would attend or go fishing. If we had relatives from my father's side come visit, we would attend Mass. When I attended Sacrament meetings, I partook of the sacrament. I always viewed myself as a Mormon. When I was thirteen a friend informed me I should not take the sacrament as I was not a member. I was shocked. I then asked my father for permission to be baptized. He looked at me and said, "No. Wait for a while." During that waiting period we attended Mass with Dad. I remember sitting there and not feeling the same as I did when I was attending Sacrament or Sunday School. I kneeled in pray one morning to ask if the Church was true. I knew then I could not go with my father to Mass. I asked him again that Sunday morning if I could be baptized. He looked at me and said, "If you get baptized, you better live it."

Why I am a Mormon

At the age of fourteen, I knew it was true. I feel a closeness to the Prophet Joseph Smith as he was fourteen when He asked the Father about what church he should join. I read the Book of Mormon and took on the challenge found in the last chapter to ask Heavenly Father if it is true. I know we still have a loving Heavenly Father; He is the same today as He was in ancient years, loving His children and guiding them through a living Prophet. He has never left us. During times of trials, I have come to understand the test in this life is not the trial itself, but whether we choose to follow our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, or turn away and be bitter. Following the Savior in times of trials gives us peace and assurance we are not alone; there is someone always there who never leaves us, who watches over us, and who comforts us. The peace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ helps to take the struggle of the trials and change them to a time when we really feel the love our Heavenly Father and Savior. Knowing I can be with my family, forever, helps me to keep going, to keep living the gospel, to keep trying to live a life of love and kindness. I have been blessed so much!

How I live my faith

Having viewed myself as a member all my life, I still am a convert. Like so many other converts, I had to find my way through new terms and learning how to apply them in my life. Serving as a home teacher, I realized this is how the Savior and Church looks after each member. As I visit families and others, I feel as if I am there, as a personal representative for the Savior, to look after and minister to members. Prayer and a strong belief that Heavenly Father loves me and, as long as I am trying to do my best, He will bless me has been a major pillar of my faith. Even through the trials I have had, I know my Heavenly Father loves me and watches over me. Appearing in many local theatre productions, I need to remember who I am and how to live. Even though I live in Utah, many of the other performers are either not members of the church, some are less active or active. But no matter with whom I work, I need to always live as my Savior has asked us. As a public educator in theatre, I often walked the line between living what I believed and what was acceptable to the world. During school productions I would encourage every cast member to find a quiet place and offer up a prayer to their personal belief. We would have a cast meeting and have a moment of silence. I always tried to see my students as the Savior would see them