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Hi I'm Mike

I have been a Mormon my whole life. I am married with four grown kids and six grandchildren.

About Me

I am a father of four grown children and six grandchildren. I am a business owner. My company specializes in the management of single family homes as investments. I also consult with business owners who want to improve their company performance. I have started gardening recently. Growing a vegetable garden is fun and challenging at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

The Way the church teaches a person to live is the best counsel available for living a wonderful life. Even without the religious teachings, living life the "Mormon way" would make me happy. And then the religious beliefs that are taught by the church are in perfect harmony with the love that I feel Jesus really has for us. Even though I was born into a family that was already a part of the church, my family was not very involved with the church. I had to find out for myself when I was about 16 years old. After study and prayer I came to know that this was God's true church. I served a mission and I have been actively involved ever since.

How I live my faith

I have always patterned my business after the teachings and organization of the church. I figure that if those teachings can work with a large organization like the church they can work for my small business. And the Lord has blessed me with success in business. Because of that success I have been able to volunteer in my community. I have worked part time for the last 2 plus years helping people deal with unemployment. We taught people where to look for jobs, how to write resumes and how to interview for jobs. We also taught people how to start or improve their small business. I have also volunteered with groups that repair peoples homes and that donate food and gifts to families in need.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mike
All Mormon are not required to serve a mission. In fact, nothing is required for Mormons in any phase of life. We always have a choice to do something or not do something. We recognize that there are consequences to our choices. If we decide to serve a mission there are blessings and benefits that come from serving. It's like there are blessings and benefits that come from doing any community service. I served as a full time missionary when I was 19. It was very rewarding for me personally. I hope that the people I met and served felt rewarded. Since then I have served 2 part time missions with my wife. One was in a genealogy library where we helped people discover their ancestors. The other was at an employment center where we helped people develop the tools needed to find new careers. I plan on serving another mission with my wife in the near future. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Mike
My family has focused on self reliance and emergency preparedness for several years. We feel that it is the only way to be successful. Fear is reduced if we are prepared. If we have a years supply of food, the prospect of losing a job is less devastating. I also think that buying in bulk or large quantitates is the least expensive way to buy food. We take advantage of sales and almost never pay regular price for most food items. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Mike
What happens to us after we die is one of the most glorious teachings that the Lord has given to us. The Lord tells us that after we die we are reunited with loved ones and friends that we knew during this life and in the life we lived before we came here. This life is a learning experience. We come here to learn how to be in control of our bodies and to learn how to make good decisions. After this life we move on to the next stage and continue learning, only on a different plane. We don't have the limitations we experience on earth. We are able to do more. We are limited based on the choices we made while on earth. If we decided to waste our time on earth we will not have as many choices when we get to the next life. If we have made good choices, we are free to inherit all that the Father has and all of the blessings that Jesus Christ has provided through his atonement. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mike
Joseph Smith was a prophet like Moses or Elijah or Peter. He was asked by the Lord to "start" the Lord's church again. He did tremendous things. He was a great leader. He was an obedient servant. His counsel is something that I listen to and work to apply in my life. I strive to be the kind of person that he was. I believe he exemplified many of the teaching of the Savior both in word and in deed. I don't worship Brother Joseph any more than I worship Moses. I worship the Lord and my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less