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Hi I'm Mitch

I teach high school and college level American Sign Language and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a father of four and having two jobs (teaching ASL at a local community college and full-time at a local high school) leaves little time for hobbies. But I do love origami, family history research, collecting Thomas the Tank Engine trains, gardening, and, of course spending time with my family. We love gardening together, traveling together, and just having movie/pizza nights together! I lived in NYC for two years as a missionary working with the Deaf there and became proficient in American Sign Language. I then came home and became an interpreter for the Deaf in Washington State. I continued to interpret in Utah as I went to college and I am so grateful that serving the Lord for two years has blessed me with a career that I love for the rest of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Conversion is an ongoing process. I am now 40 years old and I certainly have a stronger testimony than I did just 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago. Growing up in the church, I often took it all for granted. I didn't pay much attention to the gospel until I went on a 2-year mission. That really was the 'beginning' of my personal conversion. I was no longer relying on the testimonies of my family or friends--it was coming from ME. It HAD TO come from me! Since then, it has been slow but steady as I gained testimonies of various Gospel principles. I have learned that the more effort I put into learning and understanding a principle, the faster and stronger the testimony came of that principle. Lately I have been studying the Old Testament (specifically the book of Genesis). As I studied it in comparison to the book of Moses, I was had such a strong witness of how perfect our Heavenly Father loves us and His plan for us reflects that love. We are immortal beings on a very temporal planet. I know WHO I am, WHY I am here, and what I can become after this life. I am a Mormon because God's Plan of Salvation resonates with every part of me --deeply and profoundly! This plan is general for all mankind, but He also has another plan tailored just for me--to help me with my own weaknesses and trails so that I can eventually become perfected and become like Him. I have studied MANY, MANY other religions and all that searching has brought me back to where I began--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am currently a counselor in a 'bishopric' for a ward (congregation). That is like an 'assistant pastor' for a whole congregation. I have MANY duties and responsibilities like working with youth, scouting programs, and general membership counseling. So, my Sundays are BUSY! (lots of meetings). Daily, I strive to 'practice what I preach'. I love serving others--members of the church and the general community! I just get frustrated when I don't have enough time in my life to help everyone I want to help. I am not a perfect person, none of us are--but it is what I strive for. I love talking about the gospel with others, but find it difficult to do so as a school teacher ('Separation of Church and State'). My students ask me how I learned ASL (American Sign Language) and I love the opportunity to share about my mission (where I learned it) and how that act of service has blessed me throughout my life. If students are curious about learning more about what I believe, I encourage them to talk to other kids in our class who are LDS (Mormons). I am VERY open about what I believe. I don't try to hide it--it's not something I am ashamed of. Most Mormons feel the same way, so don't be shy about striking up a conversation or asking questions that you have always wanted to know regarding 'Mormons'. I can tell you one thing; living my life as an active 'Mormon' has brought me more joy and contentment than I ever thought I could have.