I'M A MORMON!
Yes, my name is Michael Leavitt and I am a Mormon. "Mormon" is just a nickname for members of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". As a member of the church, I am a Christian and I have been born again as I have attempted to shake off the natural man desires of my earlier years. I am thankful for the "Plan of Happiness" that places Jesus Christ in the key role as our Savior and Redeemer. This plan allows a sinner like myself the ability to turn to him by making changes in my life. His atoning sacrifice allows me the ability to repent and change. As I ask others for forgiveness for my actions against them, I am equally touched to offer them forgiveness for their actions towards me. As a Mormon I believe that we are all brothers and sisters of a loving Heavenly Father. This bonds us together with a sense of love and responsibility.
WHERE DOES THE NAME "MORMON" COME FROM?
The nickname Mormon comes from our belief in "The Book of Mormon" being Holy Scripture. As members of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints", we believe in the "Bible" as the word of God. We also believe "The Book of Mormon" to be the word of God. The bible documents the spiritual accounts of God in the old world. The Book of Mormon documents the spiritual accounts of God here in the America's. Together, these two books of Holy Scripture confirm that Heavenly Father loves all of his children and Jesus Christ is the Savior of all the inhabitants of the earth, not just those from the old country.
As Mormons, we believe that the resurrected Jesus Christ visited the people of the America's that were watching the signs in the heavens for both his birth and his death. The visitation of Jesus Christ to the America's is documented in the book of "Third Nephi" within "The Book of Mormon", and I invite all interested people to receive a free copy of the book, read the account, and then ask for confirmation of its truthfullness from Heavenly Father. The promise has been given by the ancient prophet Moroni that by the gift of the Holy Ghost, any honest seeker of truth will receive the spiritual confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon...
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
At age 22 I took this challenge to heart and read "The Book of Mormon" cover to cover and received the feelings of the Spirit that let me know it was true. At that time I had great changes to make in my life to bring it better in conformance with that of being a good person. I had many opportunities to do this earlier in life, but I became easily distracted and wandered down various paths of darkness that led to anything but true happiness. Those that knew me then and know me now, know of my imperfections, but they also know my heart and desire to be better with each passing day.
I invite all good people everywhere to take the time to read and pray about "The Book of Mormon". And along with your prayers, I encourage you to put the goodness to work in your life and you will see good fruit become the result of your efforts. 31 years has passed since my first cover to cover reading of the Book of Mormon occurred, and my life is so much better. The goodness of the pathway I chose has led towards family happiness. I have a wonderful wife, 4 kids, 3 grandkids, and another grandchild is on the way. My life has been full of trials and difficulties, but I am a better person for choosing goodness many years ago. And even with all of my inadequacies and imperfections, I would hope that my actions have done more to lead those I meet to goodness and not towards the pathways of darkness.
I invite you to further investigate "The Book of Mormon" and meet with the missionaries of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" to discuss our beliefs and learn more about the "Plan of Happiness."
DID YOU SERVE A MISSION?
Yes I did. Unlike most young men that leave when they are 18 or 19, I was able to get the skeletons cleaned out of my closet and I thankfully entered the Missionary Training Center (MTC) just before my 15th birthday with a two year call for missionary service to Porto Alegre, Brazil and teach the pwople in their native language of Portuguese. This was a life changing event that allowedme to fully rely upon Heavenly Father to learn the language and learn to love the wonderful people of Southern Utah. The two years of service in the work of the Lord had a powerful impact on my life.
DID YOU MARRY IN AN LDS TEMPLE?
Absolutely. On July 22, 1990 my sweetheart Shelly Webb and I were married in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. This was tough for many of my family members that were not able to be in the temple to witness the ceremony, but Shelly and I have never regretted the decision and being married in the temple has given us the strength to make it through all of the woes and trials that go along with marriage. I encourage all people to be worthy and desirous to be married for time and all eternity in an LDS temple.
DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE WIFE?
Nope. I have my lovely wife Shelly, my kids, and my grandkids. Members of "The Church of Jesus Christ" believe in obeying the laws of the land and the laws of the land do not allow polygamy. Therefore, I do not have multiple wives. There are many polygamists in Utah and other states, but one cannot be a polygamist and an active member of the church. I have often been heard to respond, "Are you kidding? I can barely take care of one wife!"
DID YOU TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT MOVING TO UTAH?
My older brother has asked that question of me many times when I moved from Southern California to Orem, Utah back in 1992. He felt I was taking the easy way out by moving to where there were lots of Mormons. Let's face it, raising a family in Southern California is tough to do. Raising a family in Orem, Utah is a little bit easier because there are more people trying to raise good families, but life is difficult wherever one decides to call home. I made the best of the trials of life on So. Cal. and I have been making the best to live a good life in Orem, Utah since we relocated. As I told my brother many times, we will just have to see what kind of fruit results from our decision to live in Utah. If you look at my kids and the grandkids, I would say the fruit of our decision has been most sweet and pure. And even through all of our family trials, I have a great family and I am so blessed!
I invite you to become a Mormon and enjoy the rich blessings of the love of our Heavenly Father as you make it through your life! I would love to answer any questions you may have, or you can direct them to the missionaries you invite to visit with you. Either way, I hope you get a chance to let me know your feelings and how they impact your life.
Your brother, Michael Leavitt - 1378 N. Main Street * Orem, Utah 84057 - 801-636-6816 * Michael@TheHomeInspector.com
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