Hi I'm Stephen McFarland
I'm a second generation member. The missionaries knocked on my parents' door in 1966 in Indianapolis, IN. My mom said referring to the missionaries, "They know something and I have to find out!" The rest is history. My wife and I have three children. We're both teachers. I served a mission in Bolivia and continue to have positive experiences serving in the church.
Why I am a Mormon
Christ said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you." There's so much hurt, heart ache, and otherwise emptiness all around us. I assert that the peace and happiness I feel can only be found living the principles taught in Mormonism.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
If this gospel has blessed my life so immensely wouldn't I want to share it with all God's children? What an eye-opener to serve a mission for the church in Bolivia. I had never left the country before in my life so there was plenty of adjustment. This experience has had a long lasting positive impact. It truly is phenomenal the execution of the missions of the church. You might wonder how can any progress be made dropping a bunch of 19 year old boys in a foreign country. We had plenty of guidance while serving in Bolivia and we serve out of love. The Holy Spirit moves us into action. I find it interesting that my last parter or companion while serving in the field wasn't even a member of the church when I started walking the streets of Bolivia. This is an example to me how quickly the gospel can have an effect in one's life.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
If we can see beyond this life we see that the family relationship persists. Also, there are saving ordinances that must be performed and received by all to attain salvation. We must seek out the names of all mankind so that they too might have the opportunity to receive these ordinances performed vicariously in the Temple.
How I live my faith
I go at my own pace realizing I'm the only one that can live my life. I pay attention to my actions and make corrections when necessary as I reap the consequences of all of them. I strive to adhere to each piece of truth I discover. As I do my mind is enlarged, my life is enriched, and I am at peace with myself, my family, and my fellow man.