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Hi I'm Mitch

I'm a husband, a historian, an amateur organist, an accountant, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am college student in northern Utah studying accounting. I like reading, playing the organ, and spending time with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but I still choose to follow Jesus Christ because I can see how the Lord blesses us for keeping His commandments.

How I live my faith

I show my faith by trying to live the best that I can.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. His role is to teach the people about Jesus Christ and bear testimony of Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Of course! We love and revere the Bible. The Church's Eighth Article of Faith reads, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." The Bible contains the Old and New Testaments and the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward/branch is simply a congregation of the Church. Wards tend to be bigger and branches tend to be smaller. A stake is a group of congregations. The leaders are members who have been asked to serve in these positions. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in Him and strive to follow His teachings. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

When Christ was on the earth, he called and chose Twelve Apostles. When Judas passed away, the other Eleven Apostles got together and prayed and through inspiration chose Matthias as the new Apostle. It is apparent that having twelve was to continue or there would not have been another chosen and ordained. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

The principle of tithing has been around since the time of the Old Testament. Abraham paid his tithing to Melchizedek, the prophet at the time (Genesis 14:17-20). Today, the Lord to Joseph Smith the principle of tithing found in sections 119 and 120 of the Doctrine and Covenants (a book of scripture that instructed Joseph Smith in the way to run Christ's Church). We contribute one tenth of our income annually to help build the Church. Each year in December, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the senior councils in the Church) discuss how best to use these funds to bless the lives of the members through the world. These funds help construct temples and meetinghouses and fund the missionary program (less personal missionary expenses). These sacred funds provide operating funds for the Church and materials to be used in Church classes and functions. Tithing funds also support education, secular and spiritual. There are a number of colleges that are affiliated with the Church and these funds go to helping people who attend. The Lord promised through His prophet, Malachi, that we would be blessed as we faithfully pay our tithing. I remember my parents encouraging us to faithfully pay our tithing. My parents and I have done this, and we have always been just fine. Show more Show less