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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Idaho. I'm an attorney. I love the outdoors. I have the most wonderful family ever. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the most wonderful woman in the world for over 30 years. We have seven children and one little grandson. As a family we enjoy doing a lot of fun recreational activities together. For instance, we love rafting rivers, camping, fishing, hiking, and attending sporting events together. Personally, I love to golf, play racquetball, and follow Boise State football.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As an adult I have chosen to continue to try my best to follow the teachings of the Savior as a Mormon because I am excited about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its purity and simplicity. That's why I choose to continue my involvement in the LDS (Mormon) church. I love the Savior, and I want to be more like Him. I find Him by reading the scriptures and by listening to, and striving to follow, the teachings of modern day prophets and apostles. I believe in personal revelation through the Holy Ghost, and by that source I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, following a long period of apostasy as foretold in the New Testament.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to put into practice the teachings of the Savior. I enjoy attending church weekly and partaking of the sacrament. I love the friendships that I have in the Mormon church. I'm far from perfect, but I try to live each day according to the truths that I have found in the Mormon Church -- which is officially called the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." My wife and I have seven children, with two still at home. Raising your children in the Mormon church is like having many caring "siblings" and adopted "aunts," "uncles," and "grandparents" -- all of whom care about the well-being of your children. I don't know how we would have been able to raise our children without the loving support and friendship that we have always found in the Mormon church.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Simply put, that's not the way the Savior established His church -- anciently, or in our day. The Savior told his apostles, "ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you" (John 15:16). Also Paul the Apostle taught that ministers must be called of God. He said, "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron" (Hebrews 5:4). Basically, we respect all who sincerely strive to minister in the name of Jesus Christ. However, the Savior Himself has called prophets and apostles in our day to impart His word to Heavenly Father's children throughout the world. He has established His church with His authority; and it consists of a lay clergy, not a paid clergy. Show more Show less