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Hi I'm Micheal D. Thompson

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I love to dream about being with my horses in God's beautiful wilderness. I am a Mormon!

About Me

Hi, I'm Mike! I spent my first 8 yrs. on a farm in Bear River City, Ut. where I was baptized and confirmed a member of the church. We were not very active in the church there. We then moved to Phx., Az. right across the street from the Burgess family, who where active members of the church. Sis. Burgess was my primary teacher so I had a ride to primary every Thursday - that started me and eventually my 8 brothers and sisters and my parents on the road to activity. I graduated from high school and 4 years of seminary. I was called to the Southern States Mission. When I returned home I attended Phoenix Collage and served on the institute of religion student council and one year as president. I married the institute secretary in the Mesa AZ Temple. My wife and I have 8 children. Two of our children where killed by a drunk driver in 1984 in front of our home which put us into a bit of a tail spin. My wife and I taught early morning seminary for 12 years and the support we got from our students and parents and the community was truly inspirational. We determined to attend BYU and in 1987 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. I have been self employed most of my married life and had the blessing of having my children help me cleaning offices and mowing lawns. The highlight of my life was when our last remaining single son married a southern bell from Alabama. All of my children and all of their spouses where together in the celestial room of the Atlanta, Georgia Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being outdoors. My dad would take me hunting and fishing often and many times on Sundays. When I turned 12, I was ordained a Deacon but because my dad and I where out fishing or some other activity, I often missed church. When I turned 13, my Deacon's quorum leader came to my house and asked if he could pick me up on Sunday morning for Priesthood mtg. I told him I would have to ask my dad since it would affect our other activities. My dad asked me if that is what I wanted to do. I said I would like to try it. So, instead of coming home on Sunday night, we would come home on Saturday night allowing me to go to church. That started me on my journey in the gospel. After graduation I was called to serve in the Southern States Mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I mentioned, I had attended seminary for four years during high school receiving a general knowledge of the teaching of the church. One day, on my mission, we where teaching some investigators about the church; specifically, about the church that Christ organized when he was on the earth. We read Eph. 2:19-20, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints ... and are built upon a foundation of apostles and prophet’s, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone." The next morning I was in my personal study and was reading Eph. 2 and I read those verses again. I must have read that scripture hundreds of times but this time the light came on. I had chills up and down my spine and a warm feeling all at once. The Holy Ghost bore testimony to me that I belonged to the same church that Christ established when he walked the earth. The Book of Mormon was translated, by the gift and power of God by the prophet Joseph Smith, a twenty year old man with no formal education and no knowledge of many of the things that are contained in that wonderful book. That along with many other spiritual experiences has confirmed my testimony of the gospel.

How I live my faith

When my wife I got married besides being involved in missionary work and working in young men and young woman organizations in the Mormon church we also where involved with either taking high school students to Seminary which is a early morning religion class they attended before their regular high school classes began or we where teaching the classes. I have spent many weekends hiking trails, sleeping under the stars and sharing testimonies and faith promoting stories around a camp fire. As part of my Priesthood responsibility, I have been able to be in the homes of many families over the years to be the eyes and ears of my Bishop to keep him aware of the needs and concerns of the members of our congregation. I worked for a time for the Navajo nation as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor in Pinion, right smack in the middle of the Navajo Indian reservation. In addition to my responsibility as a counselor, I was the wrestling coach and assistant soccer coach. I also served as the branch president of the local group of members of the Mormon church. Many of the young men I worked with at the school got the opportunity to be involved with the scouting program. We also worked closely with the local Catholic church in many community activities, funerals weddings and drug awareness activities. My time on the reservation was special. I am now a Silver Beaver in the BSA and have enjoyed immensely over 40 years of serving the boys of the different communities we have lived in. I believe when you change a boys heart and help set him on a good path, you change a nation!