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Hi I'm Stephen James

I'm deaf I use both ASL and voice. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 21 and now starting the rest of my life! I lived in SoCal for the last two years. I have two brothers and my dad is getting married soon. My mom passed away from cancer when I was a teenager. I like reading books and meeting new friends. In my family, I'm the only deaf person. Life has many plans to bring for me!

Why I am a Mormon

When my mother died, I woke up. She doesn't kiss me good night and wake me up in the morning anymore. Because of that, my dad, my two brothers, and I became closer. When God restored His gospel through a prophet, the power to seal families together forever in temples are on earth again. I know that my promise to God when I am baptized and take the sacrament, is helping me be ready to go back Home and be with my mother again. If there can be a video, I can tell this in ASL so the deaf people can know, too! We all need to know how Jesus Christ is our Savior and how His power can be in our lives.

How I live my faith

In SoCal, I taught the gospel as a missionary. That's where I learned ASL and how Jesus Christ loves all people: deaf, hearing, white, hispanic, black, asian. Because of the mission, I learned to make time every morning to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon, think about my life goals, and to pray. God gives me guidance and I'm happy with the path I'm on.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Stephen James
Temples are where people can be married, and where families can be sealed like my family is with my mother. It's also a place where work is done for the dead who haven't been baptized with His authority. In order to go inside, we need to be pure and we are given recommends. It's not open on Sundays. We go to church on Sundays and that's where we worship and remember Jesus Christ. At church, people get together to learn the word of God and to take the sacrament. It's refreshing to be with people who have the same challenges in life and yet, to support each other in being stronger! Show more Show less