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Hi I'm Michael

About Me

I'm a self-employed software developer living in rural Wyoming. I have four young kids. I currently serve as a counselor in my ward's bishopric.

Why I am a Mormon

I initially joined the church after spending a couple years studying how Mormon teachings related to the Bible. During that time, I came to understand the Bible better. The Mormons I met during that time exemplified Christ-like lives. Jesus said I could know them by their fruits. The fruits I saw were good. I'm still a member of the church because I can see those fruits in my life over the last 10 years since I joined. I'm glad to see the person I'm becoming as I come to know my Savior more and more.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a counselor in my ward's bishopric the leaders charged with overseeing the affairs of a local congregation. That responsibility calls me away from my family a couple nights each week. It gives me a good chance to teach my children about the importance of helping other people. I'm also assigned as a home teacher to four families in our ward. Two of them are older, widowed women. It's been a great experience to visit with them and learn from their life's experiences. It's especially rewarding to be able to help them with chores around the house which their advanced years prevent them from doing themselves.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I heard that a lot before joining the Church. I still don't really know why people call us a cult. Perhaps some misunderstand what we teach. Perhaps, because we encourage people to change their lives to be more like Christ, we're perceived as pressuring people. I'm not really sure. When I was first studying the church, I heard people say that the day-to-day members were good people, but the church leadership was like a cult. As I've had the opportunity to work with and know bishops, stake presidents, auxiliary presidents, area authorities and other church leaders, I have seen only men and women devoted to Jesus trying to conform their lives to his example. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are like many good women throughout the world: they're trying their best to do what's right. We definitely believe in equality of men and women. Since joining the church, I have heard more sermons about respect for and kindness towards women than ever before. The most faithful latter-day saint husbands and wives I know are equal partners together in helping bring their family to Christ. It's a team effort. We both need each others strengths. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Definitely. I read from the Bible every day and try to govern my life by it's teachings. One of the most persuasive experiences for me as I researched the Mormons was the way the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants helped me better understand the Bible. I love the Bible and wouldn't have joined a church that minimized its role. Show more Show less