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Hi I'm Mitchel

I like math, I sell knives, I AM CANADIAN!!! I love Jesus Christ and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a student at the University of Lethbridge in the Mathematics Education with a Computer Science CTS minor. I also work with Vector Marketing selling Cutco Knives. I served as a missionary in the England Manchester Mission (so north-west of England and Wales). Before I started my 2-year service as a missionary I enjoyed family-friendly theatre arts, and I worked in a small business since I could first hold a job. My parents taught me that it was important to work hard at whatever I did. I was asked to learn Persian during my missionary service.

Why I am a Mormon

The big reason that I'm a member of The Church is because I took the challenge that Moroni offers at the end of the Book of Mormon: ask God if these things are true, and a testimony concerning the book will come by His Spirit. The answer I received is the reason I'm a member of this church. This is my testimony: I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our Savior, and the greatest friend we could ever have. I know he loves and cares for all of us. He loves us enough that he gave his life so that we can obtain the greatest happiness, the opportunity to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. I also know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is a true and perfect book. It has brought me great happiness and I know that if others accept its teachings that they can have this happiness as well.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a “day by day; every little thing counts” kind of philosophy. The small and simple things help to strengthen the faith that I have found, things such as reading the scriptures, praying daily, and attending church meetings. It also helps to attend additional classes that are held weekly. For a long time I served weekly in religious practices with the elderly in our community. Helping others has always helped me see how The Lord works. We all have our place and our purpose.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

First, our tithing doesn't pay for the ministering of our leaders. Our leaders are not payed at all for their service! They volenteer their time, talents, and money to support themselves in this work of the Lord. Tithing goes to the building of church meeting houses (including Temples), developing of church materials, and funding the gosple education system used in the church. The big thing is that people are blessed for paying tithing. Does the Lord need money... No! He created everything. But tithing allows him to bless the people who pay it. Every blessing that is given is by obedience to the law on which it is predicated. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

YES! We belive the Bible to be the word of God, unfortunately people don't think that we do becasue we have the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another set of Holy Scripture that is comparable to the Bible and they both witness and testify of each other and that Jesus is the Christ! Over time the Bible has been translated from Hebrew to Greek to hundreds of other languages, and during the Dark Ages many plain and presious things were taken from the Bible. The reason members of the Church rely on the Book of Mormon is because it has only been translated to English once by the hands of a modern prophet inspired of God, with His authority to translate His words. Because of that we belive that it is the most correct book of ancient scripture in existance. Both the Book of Mormon and the Bible clarify each other and can bring all to a better understanding of their God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

The Word of Wisdom (why we don't drink tea, coffee, etc.) is a law of freedom from slavery to addictive substances. Tobacco, alcohol, tea, coffee, and illegal drugs can be (and are) very addictive substances. Another reason why we abstain from them is because when under their influence we dull our spiritual sensitivity, which we use to hear the still small voice of the Holy Ghost. We prize this gift above the sensations that using these substances offers. Plus we are blessed with clean bodies and sharp minds through obedience to this law. The Lord promised that as we obey this law we will have strength to do He requires of us, which will bring us a happiness that we can't even understand. As a side note, scientists are proving that this law has merit in today’s society. This law was received in 1833... Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

For Sunday worship we wear "Sunday best" which means for men suits, sport coats, and ties (white shirt and tie with dress trousers idea), and a modest dress or skirt for women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday. The Church celebrates Chrismas and Easter for their spiritual significance with regards to Christ. We also celebrate regional and national holidays of the country we live in, along with birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is an ordanance ordained of God and is the path to coming unto him in this life. Through baptism we agree that we will follow the Lord and His teachings and do our best to live Christlike lives. Baptism must be performed by someone holding the Priesthood authority of God or else it is not recognised by God. Baptism is performed to wash away the sins of the person being baptised and symbolises a new life, a Christlike life. Christ Himself said that no man can enter into the kingdom of God save he shall be born of water and of the Spirit. Baptism (and later receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost through confirmation) is the way that the Lord fufills His word. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormonism is the belief that God has reached out to his children in these days as he did with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and all the old prophets. Today we have a living prophet who works under the direction of God as did all the prophets of old. God doesn't change, and we believe that, and with that we believe that he has not closed the heavens but that they are open and prophets are again called to spread the gospel to the whole world. We believe that this is the church that Christ Himself established during his time hear on earth. It was accepted by many, but after the Apostles and many of the saints were killed the doctrines of His church slowly became corrupted by men seeking to control others. This led to the breaking off and creation of many churches that all share many different ideas and beliefs about the teachings in the Holy Bible. Throught the ages men created their own churchs for various reason. This led to the year 1820, when a young man, earnestly seeking his personal salvation, asked God which church he should join. This 14 year old boy was called Joseph Smith. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him as two separated and embodied "Personages" as his account states. They told him that all the churches of his age were wrong and that he should join none of them. They also told him that he would be made a prophet to restore the gosple in its fullness as it was taught by Christ when He walked the earth. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Well, we have 12 Apostles because that is the way Christ set up His church. As we see in Acts 1 they "prayed, and said,Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles" (The Acts 1:24-26). From that we see that they had been instructed to chose one to replace Judas, and like wise with Saul who became Paul, for he was not called when Christ was on this earth in His earthly body, but was called after. This system was established and only fell when the Apostles were killed faster than they could reasonably choose (or find by revalation) the persons who were to fill these vacancies. As it says in Hebrews "no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron" (Hebrews 5:4). This prosses is given in the Church of Jesus Christ when He was on the earth (see Mark 3, Matthew 9-10, and Luke 5-6) and is again repeated in His church in these last days. God will call a man to be a prophet, instruct and empower him as He wills, and eventually establishes His kingdom on the earth with the same order as He always has. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

To us The Holy Ghost is a member of what is called the Godhead. The Godhead consists of 3 beings: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God, and The Holy Ghost. The first two are personages who have a perfected and glorified body, where the Holy Ghost is a "personage of Spirit." He is the means by which we can feel the presence of God with Him not physically being there. Not many scriptures talk about who is is exactly, but his role is that of comfortor, witness of truth, guide, protector, and others. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

The truth of the Book of Mormon. If people will read it they will know, if they will know they will act. Acting means covenanting with God to take upon ourselves the name of Christ and live his teachings throughout the remainder of this life, and in the life beyond. In short acting means joining the Church through the ordinance of baptism. We are also a church founded on the family. Families are paramount in our church. We defend the traditional family and the family morals, we raise our children in standards of rightousness so that they can be moral and good people. These standards protect us from harm that others experiment in their early years. Also this is the only church that has the answers to lifes questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Where do we go after this life? Why does God take those who we care about? Why do little children die? Do they need to be baptised before they die? And above all Does God love/know/care-about me? In this church you will find the answers to these questions and you will find joy. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes we do. Christ set up his church while he was on the earth, calling 12 Apostles to continue on the work after Him. As we read in Acts 11 and 13 there were prophets after Christ had departed for the heavens. Some say that all that ended with the Apostles and that we don't need it. They are partly right. Yes it did end with the Apostles when they were all killed by men (starting what is known as the Great Apostacy and the Dark Ages), BUT we still need the prophets and apostles to keep the doctines of Christ pure. How I see it is this: God is unchangeing, He called prophets in the Bible, He will call prophets now. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The doctrine of grace is quite simple. It is by grace that we even have the small possibility of being saved. It is because of grace that Christ came to the earth to atone for our sins and make it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven. But it is not by grace that we are forced into heaven. We are not automatically saved because of this wonderful doctrine. We still have to do our part. Faith is not meerly enough, we must do works. The scriptures say "Faith without works is dead, being alone." And in the Book of Mormon it expands our understanding of this doctrine. "It is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A small group of saints is called a branch. When that small group gets bigger it is called a ward. A stake is a collection of wards or branches in a specific area. No matter which ward or branch you attend in the world the lessons that are taught that day are the same because we are a world wide church. The term stake is taken from Isaiah 54:2 where it talks about a tent being supported by "stakes." Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ His Son. People think we worship the prophet Joseph Smith because of how much we talk about him, but we respect and reverence him as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring all the truths of the divine gospel and the priesthood authority. It is put best by President Gordon B. Hinckley (prior president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints):“We do not worship [Joseph Smith] the Prophet. We worship God our Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. But we acknowledge the Prophet; we proclaim him; we respect him; we reverence him as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring to the earth the ancient truths of the divine gospel, together with the priesthood through which the authority of God is exercised in the affairs of His Church and for the blessing of His people” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Joseph Smith Jr.—Prophet of God, Mighty Servant,” Ensign, Dec 2005, 2–6). This is what we believe. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

All people are the sons and daughters of God. We all have our trials to overcome. God spoke through his servant Paul that homosexual behavior is sinful (see Romans 1:24-32). Acting on the urges of this desire is a sin, but having these desires and not acting on them is overcoming the natural being. We do not cast people out of our places of worship because the have these desires, but we will not tolorate those who desire to indulge in immoral activity. To do so is to mock the sacredness of the covenant of marriage, which Christ Himself approved when He changed water into wine at the marriage in Canna.“We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” which was written by twelve modern Apostles through inspiration from the Lord). Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

On this website you can request that missionaries come and visit you. They can answer your questions (or lead you to find the answer) and introduce you to members of the church. You can ask for either Elders (two male missionaries) or Sisters (two female missionaries) to visit you in the comments, ask for a Bible, Book of Mormon, or even just a visit. I invite you to search for a chapel in your area, as we have many in many different places, and to participate in our church services. I promise that as you do so you will feel and come closer to our Saviour than you will have ever done in your life. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The role of a husband and wife in a family is linked to each other. The way I think about it is the husband is the head of the family, but the wife is the neck. You need both a head and a neck or else things don't work as they are originally designed. Knowing this means that they must be united in all they do, and what they do is raise a family in care as the Saviour would have us raise them. Raising children is the purpose of any relationship in the confines of marriage. In the Bible, God instructs Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the earth. This is done by not just the man, or just the woman, but together in love and harmony. When Eve was created, it says that she was made as a companion and a "help meet" for Adam (see Genesis 2:18). The term "help meet" refers to a help that is equal, but different. The role of the father and mother is the same, meaning different but equal. The father is to preside over the home and provide for the needs of his family while the mother is responsible for the nurture and upbringing of her children. This doesn't mean that women aren't to have a career, education, or anything else. My own mom had to work as a teacher to keep food on the table when my dad got sick. There are many things that change our circumstances and force us to be flexible. Many people have to work more than one job to keep their families from going under, but we should always remember that when the Lord asks something of us, He will provide a way for us to give it. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

There are principles of the gosple in every political party. The Church supports these principles, but does not endorse a specific political party. Members of the Church are encouraged to be active in the political, governmental, and community affairs that influence them, but we are not instructed who to follow politically. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are the literal House of God. As such we need to prepare ourselves to enter into such a holy place. Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins at the hands of someone who is authorized by God through his Priesthood is required to entering into these sacred edifices. What goes on in the temples is sacred ordinances that help us learn eternal truths, bind a husband and wife together for eternity with their children (see Malachi 4:5-6) and provides ordinances for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel. What goes on is not secret, but it is Sacred and should be treated as such. Nowhere else on this earth are families bound together for eternity, eternal truths learned, and salvation extended to all of Gods children. There are over 155 temples in operation around the world. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

One of the definitions of the word "cult" in a dictionary is a religion regarded as unorthodox. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints breaks with the common belief of the Nicene Creed accepted by most of the Catholic and Protestant world. Because of this people think we are unorthodox, and they use this to slander the Church and scare people away from looking into it. I have seen in my own personal experience that people are initialy scared of the Church until they know who we are and what we believe. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and He is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world. We love Him and worship Him. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith is like a seed. You have to plant it and water it and take care of it. We have to know who Christ is and not just what others say He is. To do this we need the correct knowledge to learn from. The knowledge that only God can give. We can't be saved by believing false doctrines or ideas about Christ. It's like a math equation (because I like math). If you are wrong at the beginning you will never be right even if you do all the work right. In the end the answer you get is not the True Answer for the question. The only way to change it is to go back to the beginning and start over where you went wrong. Wrong doesn't eventually evolve into right, it never does. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

The Church runs on the ancient law of Tithing: members of the church are expected to pay 10% of their income to move forward the work of the Church. This money doesn't go to paying our ministry (which aren’t paid at all). I invite you to search out the question to what happens with tithes in this website. Tithing is a blessing to me. We take the scriptures in Malachi 3:8-10 that if we pay we will receive the blessings that we will never have enough room to receive them all. I see this a lot as a missionary. I have received blessings of energy and strength; those around me receive the blessings they need. I can't hold it all, so the Lord blesses me with the happiness of others. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

As a missionary I pay for my own expences. I worked for years to have enough money to pay for my time in England. It is all based on faith. I have a very strong faith that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth and that people cannot be saved in ignorance. Because of these two things I served as a missionary in the England Manchester area. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

One of the previous prophets has said: "A return to the teachings of God will do more than all else to keep our ship of state on a steady course as she sails into the third century a nationhood. Here is the answer to the conflicts the best us. Here is the answer to the evils of pornography...” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, pp. 18) Speaking on the civic responsibility of those opposed to pornography, President Hinckley also said: “The building of public sentiment begins with a few earnest voices. I am not one to advocate shouting defiantly or shaking fists and issuing threats in the faces of legislators. But I am one who believes that we should earnestly and sincerely and positively express our convictions to those given the heavy responsibility of making and enforcing our laws. The sad fact is that the minority who call for greater liberalization, who peddle and devour pornography, who encourage and feed on licentious display make their voices heard until those in our legislatures may come to believe that what they say represents the will of the majority. We are not likely to get that which we do not speak up for. Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our effort.” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, pp. 130) I believe that this is right, we need to speak up and make ourselves heard. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Search the scriptures (including and especially the Book of Mormon), ponder and think about what they say, and pray to our Heavenly Father. As you diligently seek for an answer you will get one. It may take time, but you will receive an answer. While you wait, live the things you learn, keep the commandments, and experiment upon the word as Alma says in the scriptures. And when you receive an answer, listening with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will whisper the truth to your spirit and mind, you will know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Then you need to be baptized and partake in all the blessings of full membership in His Church and Kingdom. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I think that the greatest blessing you can receive is the knowledge you need to endure through this life and find joy and happieness in existance here. God has a plan for us and we learn that through study of the scriptures. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Before I answer this question let me ask one: why is an abortion necessary? We are a church of Choice and Accountability. If a woman chooses to participate in sexual practices outside the boundaries of marriage and as a result conceives a child, that was her choice and now the child is her responsibility. Abortion is killing a child that is growing, specifically in the womb. When a person chooses a course of action they also choose the consequences of that action. There are, of course, situations where others impose their will on others, like rape. When a woman is imposed upon by another man, against her will, she is not responsible for the choice that might result in a pregnancy, but even then abortion is not the first and only answer. In these cases we turn to the Lord and ask how we should continue in this situation. If a woman is not able to support a child, "giving it up" for adoption is an option. “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” This is the official statement of the Church. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith (Jr.) was the son of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He was born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont and moved to the Manchester, New York area with his siblings (in total he had 10). His parents taught him to pray, study the Bible and have faith in God and Jesus Christ. At a very young age he was concerned for the welfare of his soul and sought for Gods true church. He went to many churches trying to find the Truth, but he couldn't find it. Some of the teachings had truth, but then others didn't. One church had one truth, and others didn't. Finally he read in James 1:5 that he had to pray and find out where the truth was from God. So he did and he saw the miraculous vision that members of the Church call The First Vision. After that Joseph was given Priesthood Authority by messengers from God on different occasions, he translated the Book of Mormon, received the revelations that now constitute the Doctrine and Covenants, and was eventually martyred at Carthage Jail. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The Temples are the literally House of God on the earth, the most sacred structures currently on the earth. Temples are used to learn eternal truths, receive sacred ordinances designed to bind families together for eternity and provide the opportunity for salvation to everyone who has ever lived. Show more Show less