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Hi I'm Steven Call

I'm an Electrical Engineer. I do the county jail Sunday Worship. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California. Both my parents come from Mormon pioneer families. My wife and I have raised four children and we now have five grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

In University my faith was challenged in psychology class. They taught I was just a product of my environment. It was hard to tell whether I believed in God just because I was told to, or because He really was there. I decided to remain faithful and now I have had so many experiences with answers to prayer that show me there is a God, I can't believe I ever had a question.

How I live my faith

In the community, I have the taught the youth Sunday School classes and have been a Scout Master to the boy scouts. My favorite Sunday School class was when we emptied a bag of money on the floor and had the students dive in a get some of the money. Then we taught them about paying the bills. First we had them put money back in the bag for the Lord. Then we had them put money back to pay the bills - rent, electricity, fuel, phone, etc. Then we had them put money back for food and clothing. At that point there was very little left. Then we taught them why they can't ask mom and dad for lots of money because there is very little they have left to share.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Steven Call
The definition of a cult is "Zealous devotion to a person, ideal or thing." (Funk and Wagnalls - Standard College Dictionary, @1966, pub. Harcourt, Brace & World). Thus a Christian is a member of a cult that follows Jesus Christ, his teachings, and the teachings of his prophets and apostles. A Mormon is a Christian that follows Jesus Christ, his teachings, and the teachings of his prophets and apostles both ancient and modern. Recently word cult has taken on a negative connotation and is associated with evil. We avoid evil. "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that 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." (see Philippians 4:8) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Steven Call
We believe that we must follow the word of God. When tempted, "Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4. Jesus also taught, "blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Luke 11:28. We know that Peter and John taught the word of God. "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:31. Paul also taught the word of God. "Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them." Acts 18:9-11. Thus we see that Jesus and his apostles taught the word of God, but when the people rejected the word of God, the Lord allowed the apostles to be killed. Without the final authority of the apostles to resolve problems, the wolves Paul spoke of started to destroy the church (Acts 20:29 "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.") Later, the writings of the apostles held by different congregations, were gathered to create the Bible. Still later, at the time of the reformation, probably because of such a history of bad works by some of the men who were supposed to be preaching the word of God, the protestants decided they could not get the word of God from the them. They started teaching that the Bible was the only source of the word of God and that there was no longer any need for apostles nor new revelation of the word of God. In 1820, Joseph Smith found that the churches interpreted the Bible so differently, that he could not determine which one was true. He decided to follow what James said, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5) He went into the woods to pray and God and Jesus, His Son, appeared to him and told him to join none of them for they were all wrong. Through Joseph, the Lord revealed the word of God taught to another tribe of Israel who lived in the Americas. This was published as the Book of Mormon. Through Joseph, the Lord called twelve more apostles. For over 170 years, there have been apostles on the earth again with authority to preach the word of God. We believe the Bible to contain the word of God, but we also believe what Peter taught, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Peter 1:20-21. We believe that the Bible does not contain all of the word God, but that God has revealed and will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Steven Call
Of course we believe in Christ and try to follow his teachings. The name of the church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints". We believe the definition of a Christian is one who follows the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe that the definition of a Christian is not restricted to those who believe a creed written in 325 A.D. We believe the Bible to contain the word of God but do not believe that the definition of a Christian is restricted to belief in the Bible since that would exclude Peter, John and Paul and all the early Christians who did not have the Bible. We believe the definition of a Christian is one who follows the example and teachings of Jesus Christ and those who are striving so to do. Show more Show less