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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a golfer, business man, father, husband, wannabe musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I believe in people and find them fascinating and mostly good. I love life and believe that we should LIVE every day! Show me the world, let me try new things, give me some competition, and you'll make me smile. I probably work too hard (that's what my family tells me), and I have been blessed with some really cool opportunities in business. I've been a CEO for many years and am now Chairman of two companies. I espouse a fundamental philosophy that great companies get extraordinary results from ordinary people, that most of us are ordinary, and that work and effort are more important than talent (though talent is a nice thing to have). I am a sports fanatic but am really hooked on golf (is that a sport or a game?). I wish I could play every day, I am working hard to get better, and I love everything about it--from history to competition, from the PGA tour to the sheer beauty of a course on the ocean. Then in my spare time (is there such a thing?) I dabble with music--play the saxaphone some and piano less, and I even sing once in a while. My family (my best friend is my wife and I have four kids whom I adore) is more musical than I am, and the best part about our home might be the music in it. Finally, I believe that the world would be a better place if we were more interested in diverse opinions and ideas and less interested in attacking those with ideas that differed from ours. Sure, I am a bit idealistic. But I would rather trust and be burned a few times than not trust and have no friends. Mae West said it best. "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!" I couldn't agree more.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a simple reason. I fervently believe the church is true! I've felt it deeply in my heart and have been fortunate enough to feel the Spirit of God testify to my soul of the truthfulness of these teachings. I've seen the principles of the gospel change lives. I've felt the power of the Savior's atonement in my life. And I know that when I live the principles taught by the Mormon faith, I tend to be happier, more content, more at peace. It's a remarkable thing--but in the end, being a Mormon makes me happy! I have often pondered why that is. Why am I happy about being a Mormon? Why do mormons rally around each other? And I have concluded that it is the very essence of the gospel--the gospel of Jesus Christ, that leads to the happiness I feel. God wants us to be happy. He loves us. And his church is intended to help us, in all of our weaknesses, become more like him. As we strive to do this, we receive the blessings of peace, happiness, and friendship.

How I live my faith

I think that we live our faith by the way we act every day; and I hope that I live with integrity, kindness, patience, and a commitment to the values our faith embodies, whether in business, at home, or on the golf course. Our family reads scriptures and prays together almost every day, and I think this helps us all focus on the eternal nature of our existence rather than only on the days' distractions. I have a "home teaching" assignment, which means that I visit two families in our area at least once each month with the goal of being a gospel teacher, a friend, an encourager, a trusted resource. Home teaching has been a great blessing for me because it has led to some great friendships that have added to my own quality of life. I've worked with fathers who have been unemployed, encouraged families who have struggled with their faith, supported families when health challenges arise, and in the process, as usually occurs when you live your faith, I have received great joy and blessings along the way. On Sundays, I am incredibly fortunate to teach the 16-18 year-old youth. We have 21 kids in our class and are studying the Old Testament. I love to bring the stories and lessons found there to life! My view? There is NOTHING as fun as working with young men and women. They are spirited, they are bright, they are talented, they are fun. What a blast!

What is being a Mormon like?

Mike
Being a Mormon is being a part of a supportive, loving, talented, group of people who are united in a common goal--to help each other become better! With a center based on faith in Christ, we live our lives in the world, but we try not to be too much OF the world. The church is merely an organization that seeks to help us improve our character and our lives every day. I am often amazed by the fact that I have an instant network of people, anywhere in the world, who will not only help me in a time of need, but will be happy to assist. My Stanford Business school network is great. I am a member of Young President's Organization, with a worldwide membership. But these terrific networks are nothing compared to the love and support I feel from other church members. I don't believe there is an organization on earth like it, and I have no doubt that the common interest of doing good, of following the Savior, of being a little bit better every day, leads to a truly incredible and rare feeling that you are never alone. And of course, being a Mormon means that I have opportunities to really feel the Savior's love, to believe in Him and his atonement, and to work every day to fulfill the purpose God has indicated for my life. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Mike
I have no doubt that the church is growing rapidly because the truths here resonate with people who sincerely are seeking answers. When a man or woman wants to know the truth, and when he or she seeks it earnestly and sincerely and prayerfully, he or she always finds it here. Always. That may be the thing that differentiates Mormons from every other religion! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Mike
Mormons believe, fundamentally, that the purpose of life...is to be happy! We lived before we came to this earth with our Heavenly Father, but in order to become like Him (and thus be happy), we needed to come to earth to receive a body and to prove ourselves. This earth life is a step in our progression as His children--and it is a part of His plan of eternal happiness for us. Show more Show less