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Hi I'm Michael Winward

I am a follower of Jesus Christ through his Church.

About Me

After graduating from college with a degree in accounting I began working as a computer programmer of financial/accounting software. I have a wonderful wife and 8 children, two of whom are teenagers still at home. I am a convert to the Church even though I was raised as a member.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is a witness of Jesus Christ. Mormon and other prophets who lived on the American continents testified of Him as did the Israelite prophets of the Middle East. As one reads the Book of Mormon and the Bible one can feel the power of the Holy Spirit testifying that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and that He died for all who will believe in and follow Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. I know His teachings are in the Holy Scriptures which are the word of God. His word is also found with His living Prophets at the head of His Church and through the Holy Spirit which teaches us in our mind and heart. As I read His word and ask our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ for the Spirit each day, I feel the Holy Spirit in my life. The answers to my prayers are the thoughts or inspiration that guide me in all my activities in the day.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Michael Winward
Even though the Church may meet the definition of a cult as in 'a system of religious beliefs and ritual', some who ask the question do so because they believe that there must be some kind of indoctrination or even brainwashing that occurs that causes many to join 'against reason or against their will'. On the day of Pentecost Peter and the brethren spoke to the visiting Jews and proselytes; the Holy Spirit was manifest unto them. See Acts 2. Many were 'pricked in their heart' and asked Peter, 'what shall we do?' The record says that others who saw what happened thought they all were drunken with wine. Peter declared the truth unto them that God was pouring out his Spirit. Three thousand repented, were baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Because those of the LDS Church today have the same power as those at Pentecost, many see and know that God is pouring out his Spirit upon members. As proselytes listen and follow the teachings of His Church the Spirit causes a great conversion, a change of life and a new birth. One who has been converted in this way is not easily persuaded to change their path in following God. Others who do not see this conversion of the Spirit may see a converted person willing to give up all to follow this path of Jesus Christ and may think he is 'drunken with wine', deceived or brainwashed. They thus conclude that the Church is a cult. The Spirit of God is now bringing many to repent, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less