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Hi I'm Tad Mitchell

I build and sell software, I'm passionate about baking bread, I wrote a children's book, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Software - I always said I was going to be a dentist, but after a two-year break from college for my church mission the s- and p-orbitals in chemistry class made my head spin while computers came easily. I spent the beginning of my career building large-scale corporate systems, but the biggest thrill of my software career was building a software company that we recently sold. I learned so much in so little time. Baking - Since a young age I have enjoyed baking yeast breads. In high school in Kansas I started baking with freshly ground whole-wheat flour. A few years back, I attended a couple weeklong courses in bread baking at the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kansas. For two years I sold a dozen loaves of bread a week to the neighbors. Some day I hope to have my own whole-wheat bread store where I'll bake healthy, whole-wheat bread that kids love. Book - Fifteen years ago I had the idea to write a children's book set in Chicago. I would write it. My wife would illustrate it. It would be a way for us to work together as a couple and a professional outlet for my wife's artistic skills. We finally did it! It is satisfying to know that I have a piece of me neatly packaged up for my posterity. It is also pretty fun selling thousands of books.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was brought up Methodist. My mom, Lutheran. Do to various mishaps, my parents were both disillusioned with their religions. Still, we read a children's Bible as a family on holidays. My brothers and I would ask our parents what religion we were. One day, my mom read an article about how healthy Mormons were because of their health code. Shortly thereafter she stopped by the Mormon booth at a community fair. We started to investigate the Mormon Church. My mother and we children felt good about the message quickly. My father did too but wasn't so sure about the concept of living prophets. After study, fasting, and prayer, he had peace with the idea. Our family became Mormons. Years later, the good feeling in my heart has grown to a sure knowledge. It is not hard to believe in Jesus Christ. It is a fact that He came to earth. He existed just as much as Julius Caesar existed. He taught that He was the literal Son of God. He taught that if we accept his terms (the commandments), His atonement (infinite suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross that only a god could endure) pays for our sins. He was either the biggest fraud that ever lived, or He was telling the truth. Prophets before and after his coming have testified of Him. I testify of Him. He was telling the truth. The only question is whether we are going to follow His plan or make up our own plan that is more convenient for us. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the same fundamental principles as any other Christian church. It just offers more truth: ancient American scripture (The Book of Mormon), modern day scripture (The Doctrine and Covenants), and a living prophet and apostles; all that testify of Jesus Christ. These additional truths have helped cement my faith in Jesus Christ. It would be a shame for any follower of Jesus Christ not to have these additional truths available to them.

How I live my faith

Like other Christians, I try to do what Christ would do in all that I do. I am a father. I am a husband. I am a neighbor. I am a boss and an employee. I coach soccer. I was a scoutmaster for several years. I teach on Sundays. I volunteer my time and resources to help others out. Christianity is a paradox. You find yourself by losing yourself in helping others. It doesn't make sense on the surface. How can someone make himself or herself happy by focusing on others? Still, it is the only path to lasting happiness. I am not perfect. I look back on things that I have done and think how immature I was. In a few years, I hope to look back on the me of today and think the same thing. It is all about the journey and what direction we are moving in.