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Hi I'm Mitch Rands

I've lived in America, Qatar and South Korea. I play soccer and baseball. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Sandpoint, a resort town in the Northwest. I skied during the winters and swam during the summers. My freshmen year of high school my family moved to Washington DC, Doha, Qatar and then to Seoul, Korea right before my senior year. I graduated from Seoul Foreign School, my fourth high school. Sometimes it was hard transitioning and leaving friends again and again but despite moving pains I've loved being part of every school and community as I was heavily involved in clubs, soccer, baseball, and musical groups. Since leaving the States I’ve visited 16 different countries and living abroad has given me wonderful opportunities to experience and learn new things almost every day! From taking pictures on top of the tallest building in the world, playing in sports tournaments in the Middle East and Asia, and even walking where Jesus Christ walked during his ministry on earth; I’ve seen diverse cultures, tried exotic foods, met incredible people, and made lifelong friends. It's been such a privilege, and I know I have to make the most of it. Like most teenagers I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, and eating/sleeping a lot. I also have a passion for the outdoors and go hiking/biking often. I love my parents, brother and sister, and my dog. Right now I'm about to serve a full-time proselyting mission in Melbourne, Australia for two years and afterwards will attend either BYU or Cornell. I hope to go on to medical school and aspire to be a doctor.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and was taught the gospel by my parents. At first I kind of took it for granted, just doing what people said, because I really didn't know anything else. As I grew older and my friends started to notice my lifestyle was different from theirs. I started thinking heavily if I really believed in the things I acted upon, and if it was for me. Then we moved overseas and I was exposed to so many different cultures, religions and idealisms about the world. I realized that I had to make a choice and if I was to going to stay in the church than I would have to gain a testimony for myself and stop borrowing off of others, because otherwise it was never going to work. I had to find out for myself. I started reading the scriptures more than ever, pondering the teachings and praying and asking God of it was true. When I actually put effort into it, I started to understand and strengthen my testimony. I learned that you can't "fake it till you make it" with the gospel, you have to "try it until you buy it". There's no way I would have continued going to an early morning seminary class every school day if I didn't believe in it and had the desire to learn. The more I learn and search the scriptures, the more it makes sense, and the more intriguing it becomes! I have a strong testimony that we have an eternity to keep learning growing and progressing, There's a plan of salvation for all of us, bigger than we can comprehend and the best part is learning more so we can one day. The glory of God is intelligence. No amount of perceived knowledge of man thrown at me can make me doubt what I believe because as I've read the sacred texts and prayed to God I've felt an undeniable power manifesting the truth of it unto me. It has touched my heart in such a way that I could never deny it. I know without a shadow of doubt that the church is true. I've seen the happiness it has brought me and others. I bare this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I've been taught to do my best to follow Christ's example in serving others. Growing up I've had many service opportunities. Being involved with Boy Scouts of America, National Honors Society, and my youth group in the church has allowed me to participate in many service projects. Outside of this I've helped out with TOPS soccer, an organization that helps mentally/physically challenged children learn the game. I've also even had the great opportunity to travel to Africa with fellow classmates of mine and refurbish a school for orphans. Earlier, sometimes I would serve without having a good attitude about it, or would even go just to build a resume and image, which is totally wrong. What I've learned is that the more you serve, the more you love. So much love it's brought tears to my eyes sometimes, when I see the joy and gratitude of people. I've also learned that service isn't limited to trips or projects, the little things can make the biggest difference and we can all brighten someones day by simply smiling and saying something nice to someone at school. I've come to the realization that the reason Jesus Christ loves us so much is because he served us by sacrificing everything for our salvation. Every time I help someone, I feel a small piece of the love the savior has for us. It also makes me feel like I have self worth, knowing I'm doing good. Because I have been given much, I too must give. I know that going on a mission will also help me continue to follow my savior because I will share his message of light and truth. We are all children under a loving Heavenly Father, and it's my obligation to spread this happiness because I've seen how it's had such a profound impact on my life. It would be selfish not to speak up. It's for all of us.