About the Author

Hi I'm Michael
I taught an interfaith Bible study for four years until I quit so I could go back to school.

About Me
I am a college student who loves to write, read, study and meditate. I see myself as a life-long learner, and I am always looking for ways to increase my knowledge and understanding. I love history, and I travel to sites and regions of historical/archaeological interest whenever I possibly can. I am a gifted cartoonist, and drawing brings me joy. I also love to camp, and fish, and explore the great outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon
I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God, and that He died for my sins. I am filled with gratitude for the redeeming grace which Christ has chosen to extend to me, even in my weakness.

I believe in the teachings and testimonies of Christ's Apostles and disciples about His doctrine and His divine mission which are contained in the Bible. I believe that the Church which Christ organized was lost with the death of those first Apostles, and that a restoration was required as was also foretold in the Bible. Accordingly, I believe that the Church which Christ established was restored through Joseph Smith, who was chosen as a prophet of the Lord much like Abraham, Moses, or Elijah. I also believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of the Lord, and that it supports the Bible in bearing witness of the reality and divinity of the Savior Jesus Christ.

I have seen the power that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has to change lives and to bring joy and happiness to people who felt like there was something important missing until the gospel filled that hole in their lives. I know that God loves me because I feel it every day (especially when I pray), and I know that anyone who truly wants to know the things that I know can find out for themselves by reading the scriptures, praying to God with a sincere heart and real intent to know if this is the true church of Jesus Christ, and attending services to see for themselves.

How I live my faith
I teach a class of roughly 40 elders as part of a volunteer calling with my local congregation, which is called a ward. I do what I can to treat others with kindness, especially those who I know can do nothing for me in return. I share the gospel every chance I get, and I am always willing to answer questions. I am always working to lose myself in the service of Christ and my fellowman, but I am not always successful.  I do my best to show my love for Heavenly Father by keeping his commandments, but when my best isn't good enough (which is pretty much all of the time) I lean on the atoning grace of Christ to make me better than I am.  I am grateful for the gift of repentance, which helps me to become a little better each day than I was the day before.

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