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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a law student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, loving the beautiful weather. I love to rock-climb, swim, bike and read. I just graduated from college in Economics. I recently married a Texas girl. I'm a law student and loving it. I love politics and debates.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon, but that's just the beginning. When I was about 19, I found myself halfway around the world, feeling very alone. Serving a mission for the Mormon Church, I thought I should be very confident that this was right. But I was not. I began questioning whether God even existed. Opening up the scriptures, I read these words from the Book of Mormon: "Cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you."Jacob 6:5 Right then, God spoke to me. I knew He loves and knows me. I am a Mormon because of this knowledge.

How I live my faith

Christ taught "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt:19:14). Each Sunday with my wife I watch the toddlers while their parents are in Sunday School. These rambunctious little rascals are a handful, but the light of heaven is in their eyes. We teach them of Jesus and their smiles seem to almost say, "We know Him." And I am sure they do.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The Lord has given us everything we have. He is our creator. In ancient times, he asked the faithful to give part of what they had to Him. In Malachi, he taught the Jews that if they would give the Lord tithes and offerings, He would open up the windows of heaven to pour out blessings (Malachi 3:8-12). Today the Lord has again asked us to pay tithes, or 10% of our income. The Lord asks us to do this so our faith can grow and so He can bless us. Sometimes it's hard. My wife and I are both full-time college students, trying our best to live on a small income. Paying 10% is a significant sacrifice. We can't afford a TV or new clothes, but we are well-fed, have a good home, and can pay tuition. We know that this is the Lord's commandment and our faith increases as we obey. Show more Show less