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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father and consider them my greatest gifts from my Heavenly Father. I am a clinical psychologist and I enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life. I love the outdoors, good food, sports, art, cultural events, and connecting with those I love.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born in the church I wanted to know for myself if it was actually true. When I was 16 years old I had a good friend from England who used to live in my neighborhood in the the State I grew up in. My mother suggested that I invite him to church one day when we were to go out playing minature golf together. To my surprise, he accepted my invitation to come to church. I decided if I was going to share the Gospel with a friend I would need to know for myself. I kept a copy of the Book of Mormon under my bed and I started to read it more earnestly. One night, while I was reading a very sacred spiritual feeling filled my whole body. This feeling was one of light, love, and was a very real knowledge that my Heavenly Father was personally aware of me. I knew the Book of Mormon was true and because of that, I also knew that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world, and that Joseph Smith (the translator of the Book of Mormon who published the book in 1830) was a true Prophet of God. The joy that I felt at this time is difficult to explain but it was real. This experience has been an anchor in my life and it continues to burn brightly within me to the present day. I will be forever grateful for this very personal and sacred knowledge that my Heavenly Father blessed me with.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a way of life and it colors how I see and interpret the word. It gives me a perspective that is larger than this life and helps me to realize and appreciate those things that really matter like friends, faith, and family. I am an active member of the church who tries to help my Brothers and Sisters both in and out of the Faith. To me, the church is a loving family which welcomes all to come unto our Savior.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Stephen
We believe that eternal life is to personally know Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father and to live a type of life in eternity that with bring us the type of joy that They continually enjoy. Further, eternal life can also mean living with family and friends (if they too have embraced the Gospel) forever. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
Yes, he did. Jesus is alive today and one of the first things He did after coming back to life after dying on the cross (after he was reserrected and came back to life with a glorified, perfect body of flesh and bone) was to visit His Heavenly Father's children in the New World. As God is the God of the whole earth and Jesus is the Savior for everyone, it was important that his teachings be shared on each Hemisphere as a witness of two hemispheres is stronger than one. Plus, Jesus loves people all over the world and wants His saving truths to go to everyone. Some have speculated that the White God the Mayans believe visited them was Jesus Christ. That may be true. However, whether reallly matters is that Christ did appear in the New World and showed those he loved His wounded hands and feet to witness to them in a very personal way that He died for them because of His great love for them. This is true, and I know it is through a witness of the Holy Ghost to my heart. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Stephen
Because of ignorance and misunderstanding. The world thinks that any religion that has a leader that can speak the Word of God to its followers is cultish in nature because they assume the people may follow that leader like a lemming off of a cliff to their peril. However, church members are never encouraged to blindly follow church leaders but to find a spiritual witness for themselves with regard to the direction they follow in thier lives. Since, the prophet is truly a man of God, a person in tune with the Spirit of the Lord will receive the impression that the prophet is setting forth a course of life that will lead to blessings both hear in this life and in the next. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Stephen
We believe that we existed before we came to earth as children of God and that he prepared a plan that we could come to earth, receive a physical body, and then upon death, have our spirit leave that body and go to a place called the Spirit World. Those who have embraced the Gospel will have the opportunity to dwell in paradise until the time when they will be Resurrected by the Lord Jesus Christ and to then have the opportunity to live forever with those they love with perfect, immortal bodies in the presence of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. In this place (known as the Celestial Kingdom) we will have the opportunity to have a "fullness of joy." Show more Show less

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

Stephen
Both are places where sacred learning and promises are made. The Temple simply helps us move that much closer to heaven and includes very special religious ceremonies such as marraige for eternity. Show more Show less