Hi, my name is Mike and I thank you for taking the time to read this.
My parents divorced when I was very young. My sister and I went to live with my mother, who had serious drug and mental health issues. At the age of 10 she decided she was done with me, and sent me away to live in Utah with her former bishop. That man was completely insane, and abusive in every way imaginable. So, without getting into detail, my childhood was about as rough as it gets.
Regardless, I remained strongly dedicated to the LDS church. I married and raised a family. I worked hard to separate myself from, and move beyond, my life’s experiences. I built a successful career and earned a graduate degree along the way. However, there was always something missing that I could never quite figure out.
Despite throwing myself headlong into life and doing everything I could to succeed and find fulfillment, I could never grasp that last missing piece. I had always harbored deep questions about the church and the gospel that could never be answered. I held an innate longing for the coming forth of the sealed portion. Around 2015 my strong desire to begin seeking the answers to my gospel questions was overwhelming. I struggled with this greatly due to my faithfulness and wanting to remain true to the church. I simply knew that there was something I needed to find.
I began searching diligently and found a video of Ida Smith. My grandparents were friends with many prominent leaders in the LDS church and they knew Ida Smith. Her video, speaking about the Sealed Portion, resonated with me beyond words. That led me to discover the Marvelous Work and a Wonder website. In the time since I have found answers to all of the questions I had, and even some to questions I didn't yet know I had.
My sense of fulfillment and the resulting gratitude for this work it’s beyond my ability to explain in just a few words here. As a result of my chosen profession and the subsequent life experience it has given me, I am about as grounded a person as you will meet. This work has, and continues to, pass my constant harsh and blunt self-evaluations for truthfulness and believability. In my humble opinion this is the real deal folks.
I wish that every member of the LDS church, and anyone who is seeking for real truth for that matter, to avail themselves the opportunity to read the messages here with an open mind, and then decide. My only words of advice would be to thoughtfully consider the moral of Plato‘s allegory of the cave. Once you have opened your mind to a new realm of understanding, you will never be able to go back.
May you find peace, love, and fulfillment, is my humble wish for you.