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Hi I'm Mitch

I'm a nanotechnology enthusiast studying physics and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Studying experimental condensed-matter physics for my PhD at the University of Washington. Love to hike, bike, rock-climb, camp, and watch theater.

Why I am a Mormon

As a scientist, I'm very focused on the experimental method, obtaining reliable results, having a large data set, etc. This has made me seriously study, ponder, and re-evaluate my testimony many times throughout my life. However, each time I have done this, my Patient Heavenly Father has given me the same result: a strong confirmation by the Spirit that I am following the path He has chosen for me. I call Him Patient because if I would just remember the experiences I have had, He wouldn't have to send these frequent confirmations. Speaking in terms of experimental results, my 'religious data' is not only a large data set (many spiritual confirmations), but the data is very clear/clean (strong spiritual experiences). I'm sure for less doubtful/critical people, one or two of these 'clean data' experiences would be more than enough. I guess I just need many rocks to fall on my head before I'll believe in gravity. Thankfully, God knows each of us and is willing to help us as long as we are truthfully trying to follow Him.

How I live my faith

I am a clerk in my ward. I help with membership records and other business-related aspects of the church. Despite being a more secular responsibility, I find God still grants me religious insights into His church and how it works so well based on volunteer efforts.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Nothing in the temple is a secret. It's sacred. To elaborate, if everyone in the world met the qualifications and standards to enter the temple, then everyone could know what is performed and learned there. There is no inherent secret to be kept from others. However, the ordinances would likely still not be discussed in public since they are only meant to be experienced in locations set apart for that purpose (temples). The short answer to 'what goes on in a temple' is learning by the Spirit. Today, one can discover all that is said and done in the temple, but it would be like conversing in different languages: every single word is present, but lack of an Interpreter leads to confusion and misunderstanding. The lessons to be learned can only be experienced through the Spirit (requiring worthiness) in the temple. Show more Show less