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Hi I'm Mike

I live in Idaho. I once ran with the bulls in Spain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with 3 awesome kids. I work in the banking industry. I also drive a snow plow truck in the winter to make some extra money. When I am not working I love to camp, fish and hike. I also enjoy playing basketball and golf and riding my dirt bike.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a city where about 50% of the population is Mormon. I attended the Methodist church with my parents and sister but I wasn't what you would consider an active member of that church. I knew a lot of mormons and some of them were even my friends. However, I never wanted anything to do with their church. When I was in high school I met a girl and we started dating. She was a mormon and would invite me to do things with her and her family. This was foreign to me since, as a normal teenager, I didn't want to "hang out" with my parents and sister and especially not along with my friends. But because I wanted to be with her I would agree to do so. As I got to know her family I noticed how close they were and they actually liked being together. Over time, I would want to spend time with them, wanting to be a part of their family. When I was with them, I felt good. It felt different than what I felt in my family. I began taking the missionary discussions and they taught me about the central role the family plays in our Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. I investigated the church for a couple of years and was baptized when I was 18. I love the emphasis the church places on the family. I now have a family of my own (no, I did not marry my girlfriend from high school), and we live the "mormon" lifestyle. Our family is close, we love each other and we love to be together. I love this church and the gospel of Jesus Christ and will forever be grateful it was introduced to me by a loving mormon family.

How I live my faith

I love serving in the church. Even though it takes a lot of time, probably 10 to 20 hours a week, it is the best spent time of my week. Currently I get to work with young single adults, those of our faith that are graduated from high school but not yet married. This can prove to be a difficult time in one's life. It is very rewarding to help them as they progress in their faith. I also believe in reaching out to those in the community and volunteering. I am the parade director for our community's annual parade and festival and also sponsor a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. These volunteer opportunities give me the opportunity to associate with members of the community I would not normally get to meet.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mike
All of the "callings" in our church are volunteer. No one in the church is paid to do anything. We are "called" (asked) to fulfill a need within the congregation. We do these callings of our own free will and choice, without pay, because we want to serve our fellow man. As we do this, we receive payment much greater than any monetary reward could offer. The feelings of fulfillment, satisfaction and joy we get from serving is more than sufficient. As we serve and give of ourselves for others, the Lord blesses us and teaches us how important it is to serve others. Show more Show less