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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a freelance graphic designer in California. I also write and produce live theatre and comedy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am single male in his early 30's living in California. I love to travel, hike and probably watch too much tv. I just visited China and I'm already planning my next trip. My hobby and outlet has always been theatre. I'm busy rewriting a show going into production next year.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I enjoy being a Mormon. I enjoy the people I associate with and the things we do together. I appreciate the opportunities it provides to learn and grow. Life seems to go better when I'm living what I have learned in church. But overall, I know this church is the one church Christ organized. Truly believing that, I just can't picture myself not being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I often find myself involved with organizing our local church activities. Last week I set up lighting for a "Night at the Arts". In our area we have a lot of members who are painters, photographers, singers and other performers. We arranged an evening where their work could be put on display along with a program of performers. I had to find a way to light the performers, turning our basketball court into a stage. In the past year I've also organized an alien themed haunted house for our single's group Halloween party. It was pretty much an art installation with video/sound effects and 3D glasses. I've built theatre sets and set up for countless dinners.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mike
Yes. I just got back from a Sunday meeting were we were reading in the Gospel of Luke. Some might think that having additional scripture or modern day prophets would detract from the Bible, but I think additional revelation makes my belief in Bible stronger. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mike
Christmas has always been a big deal in my family but I don't think there is anything particularly "Mormon" about it. On Christmas Eve my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and other extended family in the area get together and have a big dinner together. Afterward we'll have a Christmas programs that varies from year to year but often includes Christmas carols, slideshows of old family photos, a mini talent show, games, and a spiritual message about Christmas. I spend Christmas morning with my siblings and their families at my parents house. We open presents and eat the candy from our stockings. Mother always bakes cinnamon rolls, and that has become a tradition that we count on every year. In the late afternoon we'll have a big Christmas dinner over at my grandparents and exchange gifts with the extended family. That's what we do in my family but I think everybody has their own ways to celebrate Christmas. I've always thought of Christmas as being two different holidays. We worship Christ throughout the year but Christmas time is a season to celebrate Him. Then there is the Santa Claus side of the holiday and that is really a lot of fun too. So I participate in both secular and spiritual holiday events during December. I even work as Santa Claus some years. I just try and keep things in balance and enjoy the entire season. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Mike
No. I have many Mormon friends who are posting completely different political views on Facebook all the time. While the church does not endorse political candidates or parties, we are encouraged to be active in our governments and communities. Show more Show less