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Hi I'm Elder Theodore William Mulder

I'm from Massachusetts, Cali, Utah, and Nevada, and on February 25th, 2015 I start my mission in Warsaw Poland for two years!

About Me

I was born in Murray, Utah and lived in Mapleton, Utah until the age of 8, moved to Eureka California and then back to Herriman, Utah at the age of 9, and then moved to Athol, Massachusetts shortly thereafter. I lived there in Massachusetts for 8 years, starting college at the age of 15 there, and receiving my Associate's Degree at the age of 17! Shortly after receiving my degree, I bought a car, stuffed my belongings in the trunk, and moved to Orem, Utah into my own apartment to start my Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Science at UVU. I had moved to Utah with the intent to finish my Bachelor's degree, but after receiving an answer through prayer and being motivated by many close friends I had made there in Utah, I decided to start my mission papers. After submitting my papers and waiting a little over a month to receive my call, I finally got that envelope in the mail in Nov of 2014! In a few hours notice, I got all my friends and family to gather at the Orem Institute and announced, "You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Poland Warsaw Mission... You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Polish language" I have since then moved to Sparks, NV to stay with my brother Nathan before I leave on my mission. I have been working at the Reno Temple, and it has been the most rewarding and joyful experience of my life! The temple has blessed me with so much testimony. I know God loves me!

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born and raised a Mormon, the LDS faith was more of a culture as I grew up than it was a religion in my family. We went through the motions, but growing up I didn't truly have a sure knowledge that the gospel was true. It wasn't until I had moved away from home in Massachusetts at the age of 17 to start my Bachelor's Degree in Utah that I really came to know that this Church is true! Once I had moved out and was living on my own, I realized that I had to have my own spiritual self-reliance in order for my testimony to be firm enough to grow. I suppose growing up in Massachusetts I relied more on the testimony of my friends at church and family than I did on my own. But in my Singles Ward in Orem, something changed me. As I attended institute and found opportunities to serve left and right, I discovered truths of the gospel, bit by bit. Each day on my own, struggling financially, I learned the power and blessing of paying tithing, and being entirely financially self-sufficient I learned the value of hard work. And at the hardest times of my life as a 17 year-old on my own I honestly found God supporting me. These small testimonies grew in me each and every day, and the wonderful friendships I had made within my ward and at work made me realize the influence of God in every little detail of my life. The realization of this truly humbled me, since I had been a "superstar" in Massachusetts, receiving a degree so young and having a jumpstart on life. And as things became harder, the more I felt that the Lord was humbling me. In gratitude for the many blessings I had received, I decided to serve a mission. And I am so grateful I have decided to serve because never before in my life have I felt closer to my Savior. As I am preparing daily to serve this mission in Poland, I am constantly reminded that this work is real! I know the Book of Mormon is true, I know Christ is real and truly suffered for me so that I can repent of my many sins, and I know He lives!

How I live my faith

Ever since I moved to Sparks, I have been blessed with the ability to save up more money for my mission by working in the mornings at Subway, and then serving in the Reno Nevada Temple as an ordinance worker in the evenings. I can honestly say that serving in the temple has been the most rewarding experience of my life! Never before have I felt so sure that this gospel is true and that the work performed in the temples is real. There have been many sacred experiences while serving there in the temple where I have come to know that God the Father and Jesus Christ are real, and that they love me. Beyond just that, I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve more and study the words of the prophets more each morning, and as I have been able to do this I have felt myself come closer to my Savior Jesus Christ and have found many opportunities all around me to share the gospel with coworkers at Subway or other friends I have made in the Sparks/Reno Nevada area.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Elder Theodore William Mulder
The Book of Mormon is a set of Scriptures similar to the Bible. The Bible is the ancient account of the people that lived in the Middle East, while The Book Of Mormon is the ancient record of the people living in the Americas. The Book of Mormon begins with an ancient prophet named Lehi. God warned Lehi that He was going to destroy Jerusalem because of it's wickedness, so Lehi left with a small group including his family by boat and sailed to the Americas. Conflicts arose in the group and they separated into two different groups: the Nephites and the Lamanites. Several hundred years later, the Nephites were destroyed by the Lamanites. But before the Nephites were destroyed, the ancient prophet Mormon compiled all of the ancient writings of the prophets that had lived in the Americas and gave them to his son Moroni. Moroni was the next prophet and fled from the Lamanites up into where New York is, where he buried these ancient writings known as the Golden Plates. Then in 1830, the prophet Moroni appeared to a boy named Joseph Smith and told him were these ancient Golden Plates were hidden in Hill Cumorah. Joseph Smith was visited prior to this meeting with this angel by Jesus Christ and The Father in the sacred Grove after Joseph Smith had asked in prayer to know which church was true. He was told that none were His true church and so Joseph was called as a Latter-Day prophet to Restore the Church, with this Ancient Book of Scripture as the Keystone of our religion. Show more Show less