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Hi I'm Mitch

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah, but have lived in the Midwest for over 25 years.

About Me

I am a married father of 4 daughters. Three of my 4 daughters are married and all met their spouses in the Young Single Adult Branch in our area. My grandchildren are perfect. I met my wife when we were both serving as missionaries. I always tell people that it was one electrifying handshake when we met. I am a veterinary pathologist doing research on infectious diseases of animals. I love photography and have submitted a number of images to the Create LDS site.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents, although members, were not always active during my youth. I still find it amazing that I remained active. I credit my activity to good friends who set a good example and leaders that took a personal interest in me. These leaders made me feel important and would always call if I missed a meeting or activity. They also always made sure that I had transportation. It is no exaggeration to say that at times the difference between my activity or inactivity was having a ride to Church or to an activity. From the time I was a Deacon, my Bishop talked about WHEN I would go on a mission, rather than IF I would go. I was 12 when the two of us started filling out my mission papers. There was never any doubt in my mind that I would go. Nevertheless, by the time I was 18 I had not read the Book of Mormon from start to finish and I had never put Moroni's promise Moroni 10 3-5 to the test. I knew that I could not tell others it was true if I didn't really know it myself. I read the Book of Mormon from start to finish and I prayed about it's truthfulness. Although the feeling was not an overwhelming one, I did know that it was true. Throughout my mission each time I testified of the Book of Mormon my mind went back to that experience. When I was asked by my Mother why I wanted to serve a mission, my response was that President Kimball said every worthy young man should serve a mission, and I was worthy. Those experiences were the first of many in my life when I have been led by the Spirit in my choices. That is not to say that life has not been without it's challenges. Throughout it all I can take comfort in my knowledge that God lives, He hears our prayers, and Christ is our redeemer.

How I live my faith

I have served the church in many different capacities, ranging from administrative to educational. I have had the opportunity to teach classes of small children as well as adults. I try to be an example that my family and my Heavenly Father can be proud of.