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Hi I'm Smitty

I grew up in Kaysville, UT, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married since 2006. We have a darling little girl and an exciting little boy. I absolutely love being a husband and a father.I am training to become an orthopedic surgeon. I went to LECOM for medical school; I graduated college from the University of Utah, but I spent time at Weber St. and Utah St. before going to the U. I am a huge college football fan. My hobbies include rock climbing, playing sports, hiking and especially water skiing. One of my lifetime goals is to go to every Major League Baseball stadium. So far I have been to St. Louis, New York (mets and yankees) Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, Seattle, Chicago (cubs), Texas Rangers, and Washington D.C. The most exciting thing about me is that

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized in the church at the age of 8. My parents raised me in the church. As I went through my youth I never felt like I needed to question the faith I had been blessed with. Growing up brought on new challenges, and eventually I had to know for myself if this is where I was supposed to be. I had already had enough chance to know that God exists so I never questioned that. However, I wanted to have a strong witness similar to what I had seen in my parents and other neighbors that I looked up to. Eventually I decided I would read scriptures daily and pray. I don't remember any one specific moment in which I was certain the church was true, but as I continued to read and pray I realized that all along I had had a testimony that God is my father. He loves me, and wants me to be happy. Eventually, I realized that I needed the atonement to help me be better. Of all that I have learned in this life, the most important thing is that the atonement can make us all clean. I have also continued learning about the atonement and how it can make us able to face the challenges that we face in day to day life. I am grateful that Jesus Christ atoned for me and I can't wait to be able to fall at his feet and kiss them. Part of the change that came about in my life showed me that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. Through Joseph, Jesus Christ restored His true church on the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His one true church on earth.

How I live my faith

At the age of 19 I served a full-time mission in Asuncion, Paraguay. I continue to serve in the church today. I have held various positions within the different programs my church has. One of the things I really appreciate about my church service is that it is all voluntary. I never have received payment or compensation for my service. Other ways I try to live my faith is by letting others know that I am a mormon. I try to talk about it with people I meet and spend time with. The gospel is a part of me and affects every aspect of my life. When I go to school/work I do so as a mormon and I hope that those I meet will want to know more about my church because they have met me.

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

Smitty
Of all the commonly asked questions, this one has been asked of me more than any other. At times, this is quite difficult to explain. There are do's and do not's that go along with this. We call this law the "Word of Wisdom." The do not's are easy to list: no alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea or illegal drugs. The difficulty is when people ask "why not?" especially with coffee and tea. The best way for me to answer is to explain what Doctrine and Covenants 89 says. "Strong drinks, Tobacco, Hot drinks" are not for the body or belly. Then I like to explain that we don't try to explain these things as a scientific reason for not partaking of these things. Rather it comes down to obedience to the commandments of God. We believe this law came from God, and because of this revelation we believe we will live a healthier life by abiding by its teachings. That is the way I like to explain this question to people who ask me about coffee and tea. Alcohol and tobacco are a little easier, it seems, for people to understand why we don't have them. There are also do's to this law. We are instructed to eat wholesome herbs, meat sparingly, "all grain is ordained for use of man", and fruit. These are also easily explained by just healthy living. The section of Doctrine and Covenants ends by saying that we will have the strength to do what is needed and we will gain wisdom by living this law of health. This is why I think Mormon's obey both the do's and the do not's. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Smitty
My college degree is Exercise Physiology. I graduated from medical school and am training to become an orthopedic surgeon, so needless to say Science is important to me. I have found that the basis of the Scientific Method can be applied here as well. Hypothesis: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. Experiment: read the Book of Mormon, ponder on its teachings, ask with pure intent in faithful prayer if it is true. God will respond by way of the Holy Ghost. He will tell you in your heart and in your mind if these things are true. Galatians teaches us what the fruits of The Spirit are. Results: each time I seek with pure intent I have found this method to work. Times when I have not asked with pure intent the answers haven't come. Conclusion: I have, for myself, come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I believe that these methods can be applied to any and all individuals who seek with pure intent and in faith. So for me the answer to this often asked question is: search, ponder and pray. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Smitty
In the early days of the church, there were times where the church was not going to be able to make ends meet financially. President Lorenzo Snow was in southern Utah and during a conference with the members in the area he received a revelation that if the church was more diligent in paying its tithes the blessings promised in Malachi would be poured out upon the saints. Utah was dealing with a drought at the time and many of the farmers were concerned about not having enough water to plant their crops. After receiving the revelation he decided to travel all over the state giving the same message. As members began to pay a full tithe rains still hadn't come, but after a little while they had the rain they needed. They had planted their crops without any sign that rain would come and they were blessed for paying their tithes. They had a great harvest that year. Many stories similar to this come when people pay their tithing. Which is 10 percent of our income. I feel that this is a simple law. If I give just 10 percent of my earnings, I will be blessed that there will not be room enough to receive. I have lived a happy life and continue to be happy. I pay my tithing because I have faith that God knows what is needed for his church and its members. Show more Show less