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Hi I'm Stephen Finley

I am an orchestra teacher, Violinist, and I'm married.

About Me

Born in New Jersey ( Toms River) and raised in New York (Albany), Gradauted from the Crane school of Music in Music Educaton for Undergrd in upstate New York. Served a mission in Busan Korea. Apart from all of the formalities, I love music, playing it and listening to it. I started on the violin and have been exploring all sorts of music since, including world and electronic music. I also love to run, bicycle, and read all sorts of different literature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Christian growing up. However, I was the kind of Christian that celebrated Christmas and that was about it. When I was old enough to drive, I started visiting churches to learn more about Christ. I was tired of living like a hypocrite and felt I should do something to prepare myself for the rest of my life. I became especially worried when I found that my mother baptized me as a baby. My grandmother knowing that she was protostant, didn't believe in that baptism so baptized me again as a baby catholic. I felt as though neither were valid in my eyes. Before I graduated high school I was baptized in by the Missionaries after 6 months of discussions. I waded through pages of anti-mormon literature, but finally came to the conclusion that I needed to ask God. This is the kind of thing that can't be googled, and that no other authority or friend could help me with. I knew one night, through sincere prayer that I must be baptized. I felt every word in the Book of Mormon was true. I acted then, because I knew if I didn't it would never ever happen. I don't regret anything about my decision. There were so many things that I didn't know, but I didn't want to give up all that I knew was true and that I felt in my heart for a few things that I didn't yet know were true. I kept searching for answers and as I develop spiritually I also grow in my understanding of the Gospel and the Church. I am so happy I went forward with faith. I'm preparing to raise a family now... I have let the principles of the Gospel guide me every step of the way and I couldn't be more thankful.

How I live my faith

I like to do missionary work by example and by actively working with those around me help show others that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone who is of any walk of life. I like to have open minded conversations with everyone and encourage all those around me to live honest and whole hearted lives centered on doing good to each other.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Stephen Finley
First, want to desire a better life. Then make it happen by living the principles of the Gospel. Then you gradually BECOME a mormon. When you feel the spirit, you will know what you are doing is right. Get baptized! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Stephen Finley
People know everything about Mormons.... except who they are, what they believe, and that Mormonism can really change the quality of their life if they allow it to... so in that respect.. they don't know much at all.. Just being out there as symbols of the Restored Church is a great example of the active and vibrant ambitions that personifies the Love that Christ has for us. Show more Show less

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

Stephen Finley
YES. Yes we believe this. It's the hope of every faith and every person, but we are the only religion on earth who declares it in our Dogma. That is just one example of the Spirit testifying truth to your heart. It is not a bad thing. I have a strong testinomy of this. Even if you don't have a strong testimony, the mere concept in action brings families, communities, and nations together. It will increase the quality of everyones life. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Stephen Finley
Its about being wise with your body. We don't know everything, but what we do know is that the Lord promimsed us blessings of health if we have faith and show our obedience. Alchohal, tobacco are no brainers... there not good for you, so we avoid them. Coffee and Tea are a bit more contraverrsial.. still, the Lord asked us to avoid them and we will have amazing blessings. I love the Lord and trust him enough to keep this commandment. There are also plenty of things that we should partake of, grains, vegitables, and all those good things. It's just about being wise with our bodies. After all they were bought with a price... Show more Show less