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Hi I'm Mitch

Pianist. Future meteorologist. Political and sports enthusiast. Goofball, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I started playing piano since I was 5 years old, a talent that has certainly brought me much happiness in my life. I love playing and watching sports, especially baseball. I am the eldest of 3 boys and had to make myself a very good example for my brothers when my father passed away due to a brain tumor during my last week of my freshman year in high school. Ever since I was very young, the weather always fascinated me, especially when big storms would roll into town. That fascination evolved into a passion over the years, and I want to be a meteorologist when I graduate from college after I serve my mission in Kobe, Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but that didn't always mean that I knew what I was being taught was right. Over the years of my youth, I've come to realize that no greater happiness, peace, and joy exists without obedience to all of our Father's commandments. There was a time where I was not so observant in keeping all the commandments. It was very enticing to stray a bit, but I soon found myself in seemingly endless anxiety and shame knowing that I had done something seriously wrong. It was only when I turned toward my bishop, and became closer to the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I discovered where true happiness and peace comes from. I discovered the incredible power of the atonement of Jesus Christ and asked sincerely for forgiveness. I had felt the strongest sense of rest and joy, knowing that I had been forgiven. The anxiety and shame disappeared. It was by the faith and testimony that I had about the Savior and his atonement that I was able to completely forgiven, and I couldn't have done it without the knowledge I had received from my church teachers and leaders. I pray often; I have read the New Testament and the Book of Mormon and I ask my Father in Heaven about the truths recorded in the scriptures. He answers prayers, and continues to affirm that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are His word. He is omnipotent and omniscient and loves every single one of his children on Earth. These are essentials truths that I know that keep me being a faithful member of this church. This church is the one and only true church. It is truly governed by Jesus Christ through his prophets and apostles even to this day. The priesthood is a real power brings about miracles among every child of God, and is very active among its worthy bearers. Because I know this, I can live life, though it may be challenging, with true happiness and peace of mind knowing what lies ahead after I die. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I serve as a pianist in my local congregation, and I often get asked to perform certain numbers for worship services, special meetings, and baptisms. Playing sacred music for others and for myself helps me become closer to our Heavenly Father. More often than not, I feel a warm sensation within me as I play because I know that music is one way to show my love for my Father.

What is being a Mormon like?

Mitch
Simply put, it's living your personality with a commitment to following the example of the Savior as much as you can. For me, I'm a rather funny guy around my peers, but I constantly try to align my life in a way that is pleasing to my Heavenly Father. Mormons cover pretty much all the personality types you can think of, and we live pretty normal lives. However, we are encouraged to remember our faith and our standards we learned in church and strive to live by them 24/7. Instead of feeling bound to a set of rules and standards, we use them as ways to keep us safe from temptations, so that we can become like our ultimate role model, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mitch
Mormonism is the Gospel taught in the Holy Scriptures and by modern revelation given today through holy prophets like Moses. We believe that Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Bible, is the Savior of all mankind and the purpose for His church is too bring everyone back to live with Him and Heavenly Father. We believe that His church was restored by Him through Joseph Smith after centuries without the proper priesthood authority when the ancient apostles were killed. Through this restoration, the priesthood authority was brought back again on the Earth by resurrected Peter, James, and John from the New Testament and was bestowed upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. This priesthood is conferred upon all worthy males 12 and older who wish to receive it. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is governed by Christ through his prophets and apostles, and that the heavens are open for revelation and to guide the church onto the course that it needs to be run. We also believe that another testament of Christ was kept by an ancient civilization that lived in the Americas and was translated from golden plates by Joseph Smith through the priesthood authority in what is now known as the Book of Mormon. Mormons also believe in the sacredness and value of the family. We believe that through proper priesthood authority, family can remain together forever, and not "until death do you part." Show more Show less