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Hi I'm Michael Alan

About Me

My wife and I have been married for over 27 years, with four wonderful children. My parents joined the Church when I was young, and raised me with a deep love for the Savior. I served as a missionary in the Florida Tallahassee Mission, and our two oldest sons have likewise served missions Philippines Angeles City Mission, Peru Piura Mission, with another preparing to serve next year. We have been very blessed over the years through a longstanding family commitment to scripture reading, prayer, Church activity and service to our neighbors. I am grateful for counsel given by Nephi to parents of our day: "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our cchildren may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." 2 Nephi 25:26. I am especially grateful for parents who taught me to follow Christ, that I might pass that great legacy of faith onto our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church initially because it is where I was led by my parents. However, early in my adolescent life I gained a testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Chrst. The gospel message is clear, plain and beautiful. We are children of a loving Heavenly Father who prepared this world for our spirits to receive bodies of flesh and bones where we could learn obedience and to overcome and conqure the natural man. He loves us so He sent His Only Begotten Son as a sacrifice for the world, opening the doors to Life Eternal as we accept, obey, follow and honor Him, making His Atonement effective in our lives. I am LDS because I know God lives. I know He loves me. I know He hears me when I pray. I know He speaks to man today through a living prophet - to prepare us all through continuing revelation that will enable us to be ready for our Savior's return. I have found the LDS Church to have answers to all of the most basic questions related to the purpose of life.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ serves as a beacon of light in a world of darkness, like a lighthouse to a ship in a stormy sea. I have found that if I want to speak to Heavenly Father, I pray. If I want Heavenly Father to speak to me, I read the scriptures. I am happiest when I am serving others, choosing to follow Christ, who invited all to follow Him (an invitation that requires action, to live as He lived, love as He loved, comfort as He comforted). I am especially happy when our children choose the right when such decision making becomes increasingly challenging in a confusing world.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Michael Alan
The Book of Mormon is a a compilation of sacred writings prepared by those in the Western Hemisphere. It generally follows the civilizations of the Jaredites (approx. 2000 BC - 600 BC) and the Nephites (approx. 600 BC - 400 AD), relating respective accounts of God's dealings with them, leading them to the new world (a "Promised Land"), providing them with revelation and spiritual direction, and plainly teaching them of Jesus Christ - long before the Savior's birth. These people had prophets, who taught the things of God, and who recorded their revelations to the world to see. The prophecies and testimonies contained in the Book of Mormon provide a specific second witness of Jesus Christ, that He lives, that He is the Only Begotten of the Father, that He is the Savior of mankind, that He atoned for the sins of the world, that he broke the bands of death and made way for the resurrection, salvation and exaltation of each soul who will simply choose to accept and follow Him, keeping His commandments. The writings of these prophets were compiled and abridged by a prophet named Mormon, who sadly watched the destruction of his people due to their collective rejection of Christ. Mormon's son, Moroni, was the last to take possession of the plates, having completed his father's work of abridgement and hid the records safely in a hill to preserve them to come forth at a time when the Savior would prepare the world for His Second Coming by restoring the fullness of His gospel to the earth. In the spring of 1820, Joseph Smith was praying for guidance as a 14 year old boy in Palmyria, NY, having been confused about the various religions in the region that divided his community and family. Joseph received a miraculous answer to his humble prayer, being visited by the Father and the Son, who gently called him by name, advised that he was to join no church, and promised that at a future appointed time the fullness of the gospel would be made known to him. A few years later, when Joseph was 17, he was visited by Moroni, appearing as an angel, who told him of the sacred record he and his father had compiled for the world in preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord, which record contained a fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph was led to the record buried by Moroni many hundreds of years earlier. Four years later, when Joseph was deemed fully prepared, Moroni delivered the plates to him for the purpose of translating this sacred record by the gift and power of God. That effort was accomplished in a total of approximately 60 days, and the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were thereafter printed. Hundreds of millions of copies followed as the Book of Mormon has flooded the earth as a second witness to the Bible of Jesus Christ, His sacred mission, His plan of salvation, and the saving ordinances that will lead us back to the Father. Moroni left a promise in Moroni 10:4: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Michael Alan
Anytime there has been truth on earth it has been met with opposition. When the Savior performed mighty miracles, His detractors said He did so by the power of Satan. (See Luke 11:15, 18-19.) It made no sense, but it was a powerful means of deception by those who were more interested in power. The Savior was rejected by His own people. Surely, if He were to come to earth today in the same manner, He would be likewise rejected, as the adversary would turn hearts against Him by spreading lies. Those who believe the LDS Church is a cult are simply uninformed. If the LDS Church were true, certainly the adversary would follow the same game plan he has historically used, beginning with the spreading of rumors and lies. The key is simply to take Moroni's challenge of Moroni 10:4, to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true. If it is, then Joseph Smith was a prophet, and the Church of Jesus Christ was restored in its fullness to the earth through him, with the restoration of the priesthood, with a living prophet and apostles, providing direction to those who embrace His gospel and choose to accept His invitation to: "Come, follow me." Show more Show less