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Hi I'm Mike H

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three great kids and husband to a wonderful woman. I am retired from work, but only since my back gave out, so I do my best as a stay at home dad. I dabble in several hobbies such as paper mache and amateur radio and I like to play pen and paper role playing games, war games and paint and play with toy soldiers. I recently came to the realization of several personal defects which include addictions to food, computer games and several other things (the more I look into myself in recovery, the more things I find to fix, ha ha). I have found great strength through the atonement of Jesus, and have been able through His grace to lose over a hundred and sixty pounds weight since beginning my journey of recovery. I am also given hope and strength to avoid pornography and refrain from ill sexual practices, and have been given great success at them, too. The gospel of Christ has always held a place in my life, but never more than now when I so desperately need Him.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into the church, my family having been members for several generations on all sides, I had to find my own faith and my own conviction of the truth of the gospel. I am by no means perfect, but then that's the point. If everyone were perfect there would be no need for a church. I found my conviction, or testimony, though prayer, study and fasting a long time ago. But it is a thing which needs continual effort to grow and flourish. The gospel brings such a peace to my life, and so much joy. I am so grateful for the teachings that have kept me out of so much trouble. I am a Mormon because it works.

How I live my faith

I attend church each week, which includes a general meeting, sunday school, and a men's meeting all in a three hour block. I also visit certain assigned families each month as part of our home teaching program. In the past I have served by teaching the men's group, teaching teenagers, teaching six year olds, and some others, but my favorite assignment (or "calling" as we say) was teaching and hanging out with the 18 month to three year olds in the nursery. I've also been asked on occasion to help with other things, from cleaning the building to arranging big activities, like dances and picnics.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mike H
It is easy to know if the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true. In the Book of Mormon, there is, in the final chapter, a few verses that give one an almost scientific formula. To paraphrase, when you get the book (or anything else) pray, having faith in Christ and real intentions to know if it is true, and you will know through the power of the Holy Spirit. My favorite verse is #5, and by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things. Anyway, if you find that the book of Mormon is true, then you may find out its transalator, Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and then you can find out that the church is true. It really is the only way to truely know that Mormonism is true. Direct and personal revelation. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Mike H
It is important because it is how God does things. His house is a house of order, and so is his gospel. Baptism is a holy dedication, a covenant thet one makes with God. Those covenants are like contracts, and likewise have to be done all legally according to the low governing them. If you make a contract you do it under the laws of the USA. To make the covenant of Baptism, it must be done according to God's Law. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Mike H
The books say faith is the evidence of things hoped for. I think of faith as belief with action. Show more Show less