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Hi I'm Steven 

I grew up in Indiana, USA, now living in Florida. I am a computer programmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a family of five of which I became a part of a few years back when I married my wife. I live in Florida and love the beautiful weather and scenery we have here. Originally from close to Chicago, Illinois, US, this is a big change for me but I love it down here. I enjoy reading, playing some facebook games, listening to good music, and just enjoying a nice walk. I like to play golf but do not have a lot of time to do that any more. I used to run quite a bit and completed two half-marathons and two marathons. It was quite the accomplish and I did that all after I turned 40!

Why I am a Mormon

Mainly I am a Mormon because my parents were and raised me to be such. I didn't really understand what that meant until I got older and realized how important it is in my life to be a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. Now as I get older and have a family, I truly understand why the Lord has placed me in my family and given me the blessing of the gospel in my life. Having modern-day prophets and apostles help so much to deal with the problems that occur on a day-to-day basis. To be able to read the scriptures and listen to the prophet gives me the wisdom and knowledge I need to make good choices and help my children understand where they can turn to find the truth. I love Jesus Christ and I am happy to be a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good person to those I meet. I serve in my church by doing clerical work needed so our leaders can be with the members. I keep track of who attends our church and handle the ordering of supplies that allow everyone else to serve in the church as well. I get to work with our leaders and get to see how much they truly love those they serve with and help me do my best as well. I also get to visit some wonderful families each month to see how they are and to give them a message. They are amazing examples to me and I am so happy I get to see them.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Steven 
All are welcome to attend our church services. Our church services are split into three different types of meetings. We first have what is called our sacrament meeting where we sing hymns of praise, partake of the Lord's sacrament, and listen to inspired sermons given by members of our congregation. I have given sermons myself as most of my family, kids included! It is a wonderful opportunity to hear from our fellow brothers and sisters. Our next meeting is instructional where we study the Bible or Book of Mormon or modern-day words from our prophet or apostles as well as basic principles of Gospel. Lastly, we separate into different classes to learn from each other and find ways to better live the gospel in our lives and help our fellow members. The children have their instruction as well as learning songs and learning to give their own sermons. It is really a wonderful spiritually uplifting experience. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Steven 
Our missionaries will speak about Jesus Christ and His love for you. They will teach you of His Church and how you can return to live again with your Father in Heaven and with your family. They will show you how you can gain a hope in Christ for this to happen and what you can do to be happy in this life. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Steven 
I am a Mormon. We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were nicknamed the Mormons because our first Prophet, Joseph Smith, by divine revelation translated a book of gold plates detailing the ministry and history of a group of people who were led by the Lord and left Israel during the reign of Zedekiah about 600 b.c. and went to the Americas. Their history is recorded in these plates and the translated version is call the Book of Mormon which we know to be scripture and the word of God and a companion and further testament of the Bible of our savior Jesus Christ. We are just like you and come from all walks of life. We try to live our lives as our Savior would have us do but we are just people, with our flaws and imperfections. We raise families and teach them about Jesus Christ and His great love for us and His sacrifice and atonement which He accomplished for us. Our church headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA but we are a world-wide church with over 14 million members. I am most pleased to be a member of this church and love its teachings and how it helps me to raise a family and gives us such great happiness now and hope for the future and eventually to live with my family with my elder brother, Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Steven 
We must have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the first principle of our Church. Without that, nothing else will matter and we will not progress any further. We must have faith the Christ lives and that He atoned for our sins. With this faith, we gain a hope of eternal life with our Father in Heaven and with our familes. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Steven 
Tithing is giving one tenth of our increase or income. We pay this as the Lord instructed and it is used to build up Jesus Christ's church here on earth. Those sacred funds are used to build and maintain churches, our holy temples, schools etc. We have a lay ministry so all of us who serve in the church (and all members get to serve in some capacity at some time) so none of this money goes to pay those who serve. Tithing is a blessing to us as members and to any who wish to obey this commandment, member of the church or not. As the stated in Malachi 3, we are promised that if we pay our tithing (and not rob God), he will open up the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing that there shall not be room to receive that. I have seen this in my life as I pay my tithing faithfully. Miracles happen and through all my problems and such, the Lord has provided for me and my family. I am grateful for the Lord in blessing me with the law of the tiithes. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Steven 
In the temples, we do necessary work for ourselves and our kindred dead that are necessary to return to live with our Father in Heaven. Attending church, we partake of the sacrament and teach each other the doctrines of the gospel. Both are very important but the functions they serve are different. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Steven 
Our prophet today is Thomas S Monson. He has been our prophet for over a year and was an apostle for many years before that. He is the Lord's mouthpiece to the people of the world today and if you listen to his council, you will know what the Lord would have you know and do today. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Steven 
We believe that the Jesus Christ's church here on the will have the same organization as He did while on the earth. So we have apostles and prophets, priests, teachers, evangelists and so forth. It wonderful having a living prophet and apostles who still receive revelation today for our times. Their warnings and encouragement help me in my day-to-day life and keep me on a very solid foundation in knowing what is correct. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Steven 
Pornography is the plague of our day. It is everywhere and you are extremely hard-pressed to avoid it. We have to stand up as parents and remove those influences from our homes. We must be vigilant in monitoring what our children have access to whether that be the internet, tv or cellphone usage. All are great tools but also doorways into the filth of the world. Mostly though, we need to build our children's faith and love of Jesus Christ. If they get that foundation early, when they are exposed to the pornography, they will have the strength to turn away and know that Jesus Christ will help them. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Steven 
Absolutely! Why would the Lord not have prophets on the earth today? Does He not love His children now as He did in the old testament times? It could be argued that we need prophets now more than ever. With the speed of information and the rampant immorality that is not only flaunted but celebrated and treated as normal, we need the words of living prophets more than ever. I am so grateful for the revelations and words of God we receive from our modern-day prophets. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Steven 
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continent between the years 600 b.c and 421 a.d. It was translated by the gift and power of God by the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Steven 
Modesty is having a regard for decenty in dress, speech, behavior and such. Chastity is keeping yourself morally pure. By being modest in your dress, you will not attract the element that wants to take away your chastity. By making the decision to be modest, you will strengthen yourself to resist those who try to convince you that chastity and modesty are old-fashioned and out of date. By being modest and chaste and virtuous, you will be able to marry one day someone worthy of you. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Steven 
We believe that their most definitely is a life after death and that our actions today matter and will ultimately determine what our life will be like after death. We believe that we were with our Heavenly Father before we came and if we live according to His word, we can return and live with Him again and be there with our families as well. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Steven 
We believe that we are all brothers and sisters who are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. As such, we help those in our communities as well as donate to our Church's humitarian aid funds in which we can help our brothers and sisters around the world. When the tsunamis hit Indonesia, we were there with supplies of food and clothing soon after. The same in Haiti with the earthquake. We are here to serve others and to help all come unto Christ. We are His hands on the earth today.  Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Steven 
Temples are holy houses of God are are dedicated and consecrated for His service. Within the walls of the temples, we are able to receive sacred ordinances and teachings that prepare us to serve our fellow many better. We believe that we are here to save all mankind and to invite all to come unto Christ. Within the temple walls, we are able to provide this salvation to those who have passed on before us. We are able to help our kindred dead by doing ordinances for them that they were not able to receive in life. It is then up to them to accept or reject those ordinances but in the justice of God, they have that opportunity. These activities in the temple are sacred and reserved for those who live the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to live their lives in a manner that will allow them to do so. It is our sacred privilege and blessing to go to the temple but you must live your life so that you are clean as no unclean thing can enter into the presents of the Lord and the temples are the Lord's houses on earth. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Steven 
The Mormon Church does not endorse political parties or candidates. The Church does encourage us to be active in our communities and to be good examples of the Church and of Jesus Christ. It encourages us to be active in voting for those whose principles match our own as closely as possible but it is up to the members to pray about the candidates they think will do what is right and make that decision for themselves. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Steven 
Our first prophet, Joseph Smith, wrote a basic set of beliefs that we of the Church of Latter-day Saints truly believe. They are called the Articles of Faith. here are those beliefs. 1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. 3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved , by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4. We believe the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. 5. We believe that a man must by called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in teh ordinances thereof. 6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reval, and that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. 10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory. 11. We claim the privilege of worshipping the Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may. 12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. 13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Steven 
The Mormon church is really the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was started by commandment to the first prophet in these latter days, Joseph Smith. He established the church on April 6th, 1830, in Fayette, New York in the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Steven 
We do believe that families can be sealed together forever if they live worthily and can live in heaven with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever. Within the walls of our holy temples, we can make convenants with our Father in Heaven to live His laws and do His will. In return, He promises us that we can be together forever as a family unit, my wife being my eternal companion and partner. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Steven 
Jesus Christ is our Lord and Master. We belong to His Church which He Himself has re-established on the earth in these latter-days. We know that He has atoned for our sins and stands as our Mediator and Advocate before the Father. Because of His sacrifice and dying on the cross, we can repent of our sins and be cleansed so that we can return and live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. We know that Jesus Christ will come again in the second coming and rule again on this earth. All knees will bow and all tongues confess that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less