Hi I'm Mitch
I'm a seeker. I have met relatives all over the world. I'm a Missionary; I'm a son, a brother, a dog lover, and I'm a Mormon.
I am currently serving a missionary in the California Arcadia Mission, but in my former life, I was a pre-med student, a member of a very close-knit family, an active seeker of distant family, and a manager of the departed ones. I would spent upwards of 7-8 hours a day doing family history. That's like another job!
Why I am a Mormon
My family is a mixed bag...I was born to a convert, and a member. I descend from many of the earliest Latter-day Saints on one side, and a whole lot of different stuff on the other. As a child, I was able to see many different religions...in fact, I attended Catholic masses with my grandmother. But something in me told me there should be something more to my relationship with Heavenly Father than what I had seen. I dont remember when I started attending, but I remember the catalyst. My mother's reactivation in the Church meant I regularly attended sunday meetings every week until now. Upon losing both of my great-grandparents as a pre-teen, I became interested in wanting to know more about them. I stumbled upon the world of family history in High School. I was fascinated that so much of people is left behind for us to find and cherish. I became determined to not only "fill in" the gaps in my family tree, but to preserve them in such a way that all people who belong to my earthly family can learn more about all these great people and their legacy. I am very facetious by nature and confusing doctrine shuts me off. So when I was able to learn about how my family can be together forever, I was totally onboard with that Idea. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and because He loves me, He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins so that I may not only live with them again, but that I may one day meet all the people responsible for my earthly existence. It is because of His promise, and through His Great Plan of Happiness that I have that opportunity. I have seen the power that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has had in bringing together over 350 people I have met around the world into a place to come closer Him. I thank my Heavenly Father for the opportunities I have had in life to be an example to others, and the peace and joy my Lord and Savior allows me to feel in this life... and the next.
How I live my faith
I currently spend all-day, everday, working with the people who are interested in learning about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, finding those who might be, and working to strengthen the wards I am serving in. I hope to one day soon organize and teach Family History Classes locally, so that other people may come to feel the same joy that I do. I try to serve the way I would live my life...with a quiet dignity; and an understanding of people's lives and concerns, showing them the same love the Savior has shown me.