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Hi I'm Mike

About Me

I was born in Los Angeles, California and then lived in the Philippine Islands for a few years. I went to school in California and, after I graduated, joined the US Air Force. Currently, I work in the information technology sector. My wife and I have been married for 18 years and have five children.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young I spent some summers with relatives who had a big, Catholic family. Since I was raised by a single mom with two sisters, it was fun to be part of a bustling family. As a teenager, I knew some “Mormon” kids and recognized that there was something special about their families too. It wasn’t just the number of children, but it was how they worked together, studied together, and had fun together. I wanted that for my family. When I learned the principle of eternal families I felt like I wanted to have the kind of family that would want to stay together forever.

How I live my faith

I try to do my best each day. I love God and want to obey his commandments. Through service, prayer, scripture study, repentance, church attendance, and working hard for my family I am becoming a better person. Living this way makes me happy. Since I want others to understand the joy that comes from faithfully living the gospel, I share my testimony of the blessings I have found by joining the LDS Church.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mike
People have asked how I could leave the Catholic Church (that my family had been members of for generations) and change to a religion that is so different than the church I was raised in. The truth is the Catholic Church is what is left of the church Jesus established in New Testament times but it lacks the priesthood authority (which was taken from the earth when the last of the apostles was killed). I feel like the saints back then did as much as they could to keep the church together but, without prophets and apostles to guide them, traditions replaced some of the truths. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church Jesus established back then but it’s restored (with all the authority of the biblical church). What men could not accomplish by reformation, Heavenly Father made right by restoration. The truths in the Catholic Church are part of the LDS church too and things from the Bible that I didn’t understand before make sense now. Some examples are the importance of temples (throughout the Old and New Testaments), ordinances like baptisms for the dead (1 Corinthians 15:29), and that God chooses his prophets and gives them authority (like Moses, Abraham, Joseph, Noah, and Peter). We love the Bible. Whatever religion someone is raised in, they will find truth from that church in the LDS Church. They will feel a peace and goodness because this is Jesus Christ’s church restored for us with every blessing he intended his followers to enjoy. Show more Show less