Hi I'm Steven
I am the oldest child in a good family who taught me good values. I love swimming for exercise, for competition, and just for fun. I also enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. I also enjoy woodcarving and building or fixing things. I am an Eagle Scout. I like to practice the piano and the organ. My Mom taught us at home until I went to a community college where I got an associates degree. I served as a full-time missionary in North Carolina to share the gospel with those who want to come closer to Jesus Christ. Serving as a missionary was perhaps the best time of my life. Now, I am a full time student, and work part time driving. The most important thing in my life is my relationship with God. It affects every part of my life every day of my life.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I received a witness that it is true. As I continue to study and try to do what God want's me to do, I continue to learn more ways God shows his love for me. I know from experience that doing what God wants me to do is the thing that brings me the most happiness. It brings peace in difficult times. I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself that it is Christ's true restored church on the earth today with a living prophet who was called by God to teach us what we need. I'm a Mormon because I know it is true, and I know that nothing else can bring me the same happiness that the fullness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings to my life.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
All good talents are gifts from God. God gives us talents and abilities so that we can bless the lives of others. Music is something I enjoy. I do my best to find oportunities to use my talent to help others find peace and direct their thoughts toward God. I make sure I spend time practicing songs that will touch peoples hearts and make a difference in peoples lives. Whatever skill you might have, you can use it to help others come closer to Christ. As you use your talents for good, you will find more satisfaction and direction in life. We can use our talents to give service. Everyone has a talent they can improve. We may also have weaknesses that help us to be humble. Through diligence and relying on Christ, our weaknesses can become our strengths. If God wants us to do something, as we rely on him, he will help us and provide a way so that we can do it well enough to bless the lives of others.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
In the gospel of Jesus Christ, hope has much more meaning than mere wishes or wants. True hope, like faith, is a belief in things we cannot physically prove, but are true. When we have true hope, we feel peace and assurance. Hope in Jesus Christ is an anchor of the soul. When we are pushed around by the winds and waves of life, if we have hope, we can stay strong and safe. We can choose to live with hope, or live in despair. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ that through his atoning sacrifice we can repent and become worthy of salvation, I have hope in my salvation. My hope is not merely a wish. I have faith that if I do my best to keep God's commandments and repent of my sins, I can receive the blessings promised in the scriptures of salvation in the kingdom of heaven. I gained this hope through learning from the scriptures and through prayer. The Holy Ghost gives us that comforting assurance that is felt in true hope. When life is hard, when a family member has cancer, when a family member dies, when those you love are suffering, hope is the anchor that keeps us from despair, depression, and a hopeless exsistance. True hope gives me the power to stand strong, to continue to make something of my life. It allows me to act and to grow and not to be acted upon or to allow the world to make of me whatever chance makes of me. Hope is an enabling power that frees us from the bondage of sin and trials if we will repent and have a hope and faith in Christ.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
To understand we do family history, you must understand God's Plan of Happiness, and what we do in temples. God loves all of his children, even those who may have never heard about Jesus Christ. In order to enter into the kingdom of heaven, one must first be baptized. God's plan provides a way for those who didn't have a fair opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ in this life. We have faith that everyone will some day recognize that God's plan for us is fair. One of the things we do in temples is to provide saving ordinances such as baptism. Just as the Savior paid for our sins, an act we cannot do for ourselves, we are baptized for our deceased ancestors, an act they cannot do for themselves. It is part of Gods plan of justice and mercy. Marriages or "sealings" are also performed for our dead so that families can be together as families forever in heaven. The family unit is an essential part of God's plan. For Mormons, family history is an act of charity and love. It helps others with things they cannot do for themselves. Our hearts are turned toward our ancestors. We hope to have a united eternal family. For me, family history is something I thoroughly enjoy. When I first began it seemed that it had all been done, but I soon realized that is almost never true. There is always something to be done. Once you begin, you can't stop. Not only is it fun to solve the puzzles in a family tree and feel the thrill of finding another name, but it is humbling to be in the service of God helping him in his work to bring souls to Christ. I believe that God loves everyone, and that he is a fair and just God.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
To develop more peace at home, we must remember that "kindness begins with me." We cannot expect others in our family to change until we first change ourselves. To have more harmony, there must be patience, love, and forgiveness. We show love to our families by spending time with them. Each member of the family has responsibilities in creating a happy family. Take responsibility and be accountable for your role, and help others with sincere intentions. Although change in a may be hard and can take time, the gospel of repentance is a message of joy. We have happy families by loving our families. If we truly love our families, making time for each other will come naturally. We will want to resolve conflict with our family members. We will improve communication. We will listen. We will make their priorities our priorities. We will serve each other. We will have happier families. I was blessed to grow up in a good family. That doesn't mean we were perfect, but overall, we were unified. We had the same goals. We want to be together as a family forever. We want to be happy and learn to live together - some days just putting up with each other and others having a great time together. Although it's easy to point the finger and blame other family members for our unhappiness, usually, we're just making a big deal out of nothing. Be quick to forgive and be a peacemaker in your home. I know that through diligent effort, we can have a happy family.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by doing the best I can to be a true diciple of Jesus Christ by putting God first in my life. I show my love for Jesus Christ by following his commandments and his example. I serve others by trying to follow Christ's example which is to serve and love others and to be a true friend. I participate in service opportunities at church, and look for other ways I can serve in my community. I try to be generous and kind, and try to follow the example Jesus Christ set to serve those in need. I give my best effort when God wants me to serve in his church to teach the children, help people with genealogy, share the gospel, be a missionary, or whatever it is that God wants me to do. I know I'm not perfect at doing any of these things, but I give it my best effort and rely on the Lord to help me become better.