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Hi I'm Mitch

I'm serving for 2 years in the California Roseville Mission. I love people and dodgeball. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the church and absolutely love it! Being a member of the church helped me to decide to come to BYU which was a great decision because this place is the best. I enjoy doing just about anything outside. I'm pretty bad at ball sports but I like to pretend. Our family are water junkies so we spend lots of time in the summer on the lake. My favorite animal is the shark. I am very outgoing and accident prone. I am terrible at all video games. I've been on my mission for a little while now in the California Roseville Mission. It's been awesome. #imlovinit

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it brings me a happiness that can't be found anywhere else. Through my membership in the Church I have the knowledge that although we all mess up and fall at times, Christ will always be there to lift us up. My faith has been strengthened so much just by doing the little things that are asked of us, like reading the sacred word of God, living an honorable life, and loving one another. I don't view being a member as giving up a whole list of things but rather as receiving a whole list of blessings for striving to live the way that Christ did. This Church just plain makes sense to me and I have seen how it can change someone's life for the better, including my own.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live my faith by loving others. I think that loving and being self-less and compassionate towards others encompasses the whole Gospel because that is what Christ did during his ministry on the Earth. So especially when I'm getting stressed with school or something, I try to remember the things that matter most and reach out to others that are going through a rough time or are less fortunate than I am. I know that Christ would do this and I know that I would want someone else to do so when I am in times of need. President Thomas S. Monson once said "Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be loved." I think that if we all live by his council we can make the world a better place! My decision to serve a mission for the Church was influenced by my desire to serve people in general. I love to help others and serving a mission is the best way to do so. I have the opportunity to give up two years of my life to be fully devoted to the service of God's children and I would never trade that for anything else. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for the sins of all people, so it's the least I could do to give up two years of my life to serve Him.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Mitch
A lot of people wonder why we don't smoke or drink alcohol or do drugs and such. In the Bible, the Lord calls our body a 'temple'. This is because it is the temporary residence of our spirit (until we die and it goes to heaven). The spirit and the body make up a man or woman's soul. What affects one will affect the other. We believe that our bodies were a gift from God. So we need to treat it as so and to not mess it up with drugs and stuff. When people consume alcohol they tend to start to lose control of their body. We are taught that our bodies are temples which is why we treat it with respect. For me personally, following these rules and others in our church have helped to keep my body and mind clean and strong and thus makes it easier to withstand temptations. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Mitch
In John 10:16 Jesus says "other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be cone fold, and one shepherd." It makes sense that Jesus wouldn't just go to Jerusalem. He is the savior of ALL of the world. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It follows and ancient people who started in Jerusalem around 600BC, sailed to the American continent and became a great civilization. After Jesus was resurrected he told his apostles before he ascended into heaven "other sheep I have of this fold" basically meaning there are more people out there he must go to. The Book of Mormon tells the story of Jesus Christ in the Americas after his resurrection. He appeared to the people, taught them His gospel, and formed His church among them. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true. I have done this in my own life, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that is true. There is no way that it could have just been made up. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Mitch
The Book of Mormon is another witness the Jesus Christ really lived, and that he was and is God's son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets, just like the Bible. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of these prophets; just like the Bible is a collection of the writings of ancient prophets. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of the ancient prophets. These prophets recorded that Christ appeared, after His resurrection to the people in America, taught them His gospel and formed His Church. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ himself, testifying of his atonement and love. This is my favorite part :) The Book of Mormon supports and verifies the Bible. It does not replace it. Many think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. This is false. He was the first prophet in our "dispensation" (time period when a prophet is on the earth). God led him to the record of the Book of Mormon and gave Joseph Smith the power to translate it. I know this is true. After reading the book, there is no possible way he could have made it up. To know for yourself, do what the book directs at the end and after reading it, sincerely pray and ask God to know by the Holy Ghost if it is true. He will answer you. It may not be right away, but he will answer. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mitch
A lot of my friends back home have asked me if all members are required to serve a mission. First of all, nobody is actually required to do so. It is a strong tradition in the church and it is highly encouraged, especially to men around the age of 19. It is a voluntary service, that we are not paid for. In fact, we pay for it ourselves out of our own pockets, and it is not cheap! Lot's of young men can feel pressure from their friends and family to serve a mission, especially if all the guys around are doing it. The reason I'm planning on serving a mission soon is because I've wanted to all my life, I've been encouraged to do it by our church leaders, I've been prepared to share the gospel through many experiences, but mainly because I've prayed about it many times and I know it's the right thing to do at this stage in my life. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Mitch
Faith is a belief and hope for things that are not seen but which are true. My faith in God comes from a lot of study of the scriptures he has given us and a lot of prayer. Also, doing things that I know are right and are Christ-like increases my faith and also shows it. Sometimes it can be hard to have faith, like when we feel like the weight of the world is coming down on us or nothing seems to be going our way. I think a big part of faith is submitting to the will of God. When I pray, I often ask for faith to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost and to be willing and able to do what it is the Lord would have me do. As I do these things, I no only feel good but my faith increases. I also believe that faith is a process. It starts with just a little seed in your heart and it can be built up through spiritual experiences, prayer, scripture study, and serving the Lord by serving others. I could go on and on about faith for a while but that's basically what it means to me. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Mitch
This is a pretty big question! The atonement is the most important even in the history of the world. It is when Christ suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so that we can be saved from our sins. That's why he's called the "Savior". Jesus Christ had to atone for our sins so that if we repent, we don't have to suffer the consequences and torment of them for the rest of our lives. Christ was the only one who could be able to do the atonement. To make his atonement effective in our lives we must first have faith in Christ. Then repent of our sins, be baptized by someone having authority, receive the Holy Ghost, obey the commandments, and strive to be like Him. As we do these things, we can return to live with Christ and and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Mitch
You know that feeling you get when you wake up and then you find out that school was cancelled because of inclement weather? Being a Mormon who lives the faith feels like that. Every single day. For real though, it's really great. The amount of knowledge and understanding that comes from embracing the fullness of the Gospel is amazing and it really helps you to appreciate your life and your family more. After all, families can be together forever. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mitch
When missionaries visit your home we will probably talk about your family, your dog, your wall art, your job, your background, and most importantly the Atonement of Jesus Christ. What's the Atonement? It's a fancy word for the most important thing to occur in all of eternity. It's when Christ suffered and died for our sins so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Seems like a pretty important thing to know and understand, huh? Well that's why we go around and tell people and visit their homes. Show more Show less