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Hi I'm Mitch

I'm a graduate student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student of American and public history and am also happily married! I grew up working on my father's farm in Colorado until I turned 19. That summer I left to serve a mission for the Mormon Church in South America. The two years I spent as a missionary were truly the best two years of my life. After I returned home I began my undergraduate studies during which I met and married my best friend. I love to study history and spend time with my family. I am also an avid football fan.

Why I am a Mormon

During my mid-teen years I began to question whether or not I truly believed the Mormon Church to be God's "true" church. As a result I did a lot of soul searching. With time I experienced some very spiritual manifestations. Each of those events have stuck with me as strong convictions that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He suffered and died for me, and that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father forever. I also learned that Joseph Smith Jr. was truly a prophet of God and did receive revelations. I choose to be a Mormon today because I know the LDS church provides me with the opportunity to return to live with my Heavenly Father, and my family, forever. I know that I can be with my beautiful wife for eternity thanks to the teachings and doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks to Christ's Atonement I can repent of my sins and I have the hope of eternal life. I am no where near perfect, but I know that His suffering can cleanse me of my sins.

How I live my faith

On May 6, 1833, Joseph Smith Jr. taught, "the glory of God is intelligence." Today leaders of the Mormon Church encourage Latter-day Saints to acquire all the education they possibly can. I take this admonition very seriously in my life. I love to study! As an undergraduate I completed a double major in Spanish and history and now I'm in graduate school studying American history. I know I sound like a bit of a geek, but this is one of the ways that I live my faith. I study to gain as much "intelligence" as I possibly can in this life. I believe absolute truth can be found through God's revelations as well as through empirical evidence and research.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. Today many stories fly in the news and other media outlets that purport the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still practices polygamy. In 1890 Church President Wilford Woodruff prohibited the continued practice of performing polygamous marriages in the Church through his issuing what is now called "The Manifesto" (see Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declaration 1). However, some members did not agree with this stand and as a result a schism occurred within the Church. Some of those disaffected members left and created new congregations outside of LDS leadership and authority and continued to practice polygamy. Today those groups include the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, well known for past events in Texas, or the Apostolic United Brethren. Both of these groups, and others, are often depicted in the media as "Mormons." Additionally, a recent TV series titled "BIG LOVE" has attempted to depict a polygamous "Mormon" family. But in reality those polygamist groups are not associated with the LDS church or the leadership that is headquartered at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. A few years ago in an LDS General Conference talk the late President Gordon B. Hinckley reiterated the LDS Church's stand on polygamy and made it very clear that any member of the Church found practicing polygamy is to be excommunicated. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith Jr. was born in December 1805 to Lucy Mack and Joseph Smith Sr. in Vermont. After many consecutive years of crop failure his family migrated to upstate New York near Rochester. Prior to and in 1820 Joseph began to become interested in religion and desired to understand which denomination taught God's true doctrine. His concerns led him to study the Bible where he read James, chapter 1, verse 5, which reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." This touched Joseph in a way that he decided to ask God for the answers to his questions concerning the true gospel of Jesus Christ. So, early one spring morning in 1820 he went to a grove of trees on his father's farm. In one of the accounts of that day that Joseph later recorded he said, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. ... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-THIS IS MY BELOVED SON. HEAR HIM!" Joseph saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ! Sometime thereafter he also was called as a Prophet of God to lead us all unto salvation and eternal life. His mission is a testimony and witness that Heavenly Father loves us and that Jesus Christ lives! Show more Show less