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Hi I'm David Mittleman

I am a native Californian. I am a husband, a father, and an accountant working in healthcare. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I find that almost everything is interesting to me. But some of my favorite things are photography, cycling, geography/scenery, and everything water. I am a husband. And a dad with both boys and girls. I enjoy singing in the church choir and am intrigued by the positive effects of humor on one's health and attitude.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mother's family are Mormon pioneers from Europe, with several generations of believers on her side. My Father was introduced to the church while he was serving in the US Army. And he was baptized shortly thereafter. As for me, well I was raised as a Mormon. Until I was about 18, I relied on the belief of my parents and of others. But when I started college, I didn't feel so comfortable about relying "just" on others. I wanted to know for myself. And so I began to read The Book of Mormon and to ponder and pray about what I was reading. As I did so, I felt a quiet, peaceful feeling come over me. I felt the Spirit of God speaking to me. I felt God's Spirit testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior, the Redeemer of the world. And I further felt that God the Father and Jesus Christ restored the ancient church and gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

Today I am a Sunday School teacher. I am teaching The New Testament to the adults in my congregation. I study the scriptures and lesson materials about 3 or 4 hours each week and our class lasts about 50 minutes on Sundays. I love to use the white board, and together we record our thoughts and principles learned. I think this helps me throughout the week to focus on who I should become. Who I really am and who Jesus Christ wants me to become. And to appreciate the sacrifices and teachings of the ancient prophets and of Jesus Christ, himself. My class mates (students) are often times more familiar than I am about New Testament goings on. But we learn together, and we are edified by the spirit. I try to present the gospel topics in ways that we can relate to our own lives, living in the 21st century. And we always find ways to better ourselves. Sunday School helps me become a disciple or follower of Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David Mittleman
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Heavenly Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. When Moses received the 10 Commandments in Old Testament times, the first commandment was, "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." Mormons take that quite literally. We pray to our Heavenly Father alone, and not to anyone else. But we do close our prayers and other sacred ordinances in the name of Jesus Christ. As for Joseph Smith, we sure do love him and respect him. But we do not worship him. Joseph Smith is the first prophet in our modern time. Jesus Christ restored His Gospel through Joseph Smith. And so Joseph became the first prophet in the latter days. He is a prophet as was Adam, Noah, or Moses in their ancient days. Show more Show less