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Hi I'm Mitch

I grew up in Utah, in the U.S.A. I love nature and laughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved the outdoors. I like to camp, fish, hunt, rock climb, hike, and my most comfortable bed is the rocky earth under the stars. My two favorite sports are soccer and rugby. I've recently broken my collar bone in rugby, and both my tibia and fibula in soccer in the last year and a half. Could be calcium deficient. Who knows? I love reading a good book or watching well made movie. I've been to 2 semesters of college, and will be attending again after my mission in Vladivostok, Russia. I'm incredibly opinionated about most things, though I enjoy people with an open mind and a good sense of humor much more than those who just happen agree with some of my views.

Why I am a Mormon

I recently heard a member of the Mormon church say something that I think many of us can agree with. He said something along the lines of "given all the the LDS church requires of us on a daily basis, it's a miracle that anyone joins the church!" I share this because it's a sentiment that I can agree with. The church to which I belong does require a lot from me. But it also does so much more for me than I do for it. It gives me happiness. It keeps me clean, and rarely am I filled with regret for an action, especially those actions that are in line with what I'm taught when I go to church. I'm a Mormon because there has never been a reason for someone to lie to me about the beliefs of the church. Everything is simple, and when I've gotten on my knees, and prayed, I've come to know that each and every part of my faith lines up just fine with this church, in a way that it has never lined up perfectly with any of the many other churches I've encountered. I'm a Mormon because I know that God lives, because I see his work in my every day life. I see Him when I do something as simple as flexing my pinky. Something that simple has so very much significance to me. That's because I know that, for me, there's nothing else in this world that makes every little piece to this grand puzzle that we call life come together perfectly, other than God. And if I know that, then it's left to me to get on my knees and pray about what is right or wrong. Whether this church, or another, has the truths that He wants me to know. Each time I've done this, I've encountered a feeling inside of me, or an experience soon thereafter that lets me know in a small and simple way that the answer is here, in what's taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the past, I've held various different callings within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've been active in many of my local youth groups, from scouting in the week to attending Sunday services with other people my age. We often organized service projects for those in need in our area, and even some that reached outside of where I grew up. I've visited on a fairly regular basis the people in need in my area from well before I can remember. Sometimes it's been going over to take care of a little project for my neighbor who's incapable of doing it on their own. Oftentimes I just stop by for a little while to make sure that everybody is doing okay, and see if there is anything I can do to make their lives a little easier. Over the years I've done a lot of little service projects with my neighbors and people in my area to help people who haven't been as fortunate as us. Sometimes that meant feeding the hungry under an underpass of the freeway. Other times it's been stepping in for Santa Claus at Christmas time when the family couldn't afford presents for their children. I now am serving a 2 year mission in Vladivostok Russia. I live my faith by each day remembering that I've lived a very fortunate life, and that there are always others that can benefit from me, if only I open my eyes and search them out.