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Hi I'm Mitchell

I am an open-minded college student. I want to find the best way I can use my talents to help people around me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was little, I have been interested in how things work. That includes everything. I want to know how the body works, how the mind works, how the many intricacies of modern technology work together to help us with our daily tasks and activities. I desire to know the mysteries of the universe as well as those of Godliness, but in my opinion, these are one thing. Another thing about is something I have been a lot more open about in the last few months than in the previous 15 years combined. I suffer from depression and, more recently, anxiety. I have the fortune to appreciate each moment of peace and joy that much more, but pain is normally a daily experience for me. I have sought help from friends, family, trained professionals, and God. It is through their combined assistance, ultimately provided to me as mortal angels sent from God, that I am alive today and have not taken my own life.

Why I am a Mormon

You may be able to glean from the information provided that my greatest desire is happiness. I feel that by living my faith in the fashion described above, I will eventually make it through all my struggles and learn how to be happy on a consistent basis. As to how I became Mormon, I was blessed to be born into a Mormon family; regardless, I questioned everything (remember, I like to know how and why things work). When I was almost 17, I made a final decision that I would only continue to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints if I knew for myself of its truthfulness. I worked harder than I ever had before to pray earnestly and read the scriptures on a daily basis. It was not long before I came to know that the gospel taught in this church is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. The experience I had can be described by a feeling of pure love flowing into me faster than I could express it. It was so profound, and I have felt it many times since that I know I cannot doubt the source is God Himself. I know He loves me, and I believe I am on the path He desires for me to be on. This is what I know: The gospel of Jesus Christ is true and it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, died on the cross, and was resurrected on the third day. I know that because of that (which is called the atonement), the "sting of death is swallowed up" in Christ, and we will all be resurrected with our bodies perfected. We can receive joy, and feel of God's infinite love if we take down the barriers that block Him out and simply let Him in. God will never force himself onto us, but He will always come when we invite him and make sure to open the door when He knocks.

How I live my faith

I believe, despite my weaknesses, God wants all His children (I am a child of God, and so are you) to be happy. One of the things that has provided the most happiness for me is helping others to find their own happiness. When we seek to help others fulfill basic physical and emotional needs and thereby facilitate their own paths to personal happiness, we can better appreciate the blessings in our own lives. Also, that investment of our time and energy can be rewarded if that person does find happiness. For the 19 of the last 22 months, I served a mission representing my Savior, Jesus Christ, as "Elder Dunn." My purpose? I was to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. It is through this process, repeated again and again, that we receive peace, joy, spiritual growth, and eventually return to live again not only with Jesus Christ, but with our Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father is God, and He wants us to learn to be like him so we can be happy like him. For 19 months, I taught people this doctrine every day, and I gave everything I had in me. For several of those months, I was happier than I had ever been, but balance must exist in all things, and by the end, I was incredibly depressed and could not share my beliefs quite as easily as I had before. After much prayer and thought on my part, God told me to come home. Since I have returned, things have still been difficult, but I have found that I have an increased capacity for empathy and to love everyone around me. It is once again a little easier for me to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around me, and I love the feeling I get when I talk to those with similar struggles and have something to offer that may help them get through to the next minute and eventually the day.