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Hi I'm Stephen McFarland

I'm a Mormon. What can I do for ya?

About Me

I'm a second generation member. The missionaries knocked on my parents' door in 1966 in Indianapolis, IN. My mom said referring to the missionaries, "They know something and I have to find out!" The rest is history. My wife and I have three children. We're both teachers. I served a mission in Bolivia and continue to have positive experiences serving in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

Christ said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you." There's so much hurt, heart ache, and otherwise emptiness all around us. I assert that the peace and happiness I feel can only be found living the principles taught in Mormonism.

How I live my faith

I go at my own pace realizing I'm the only one that can live my life. I pay attention to my actions and make corrections when necessary as I reap the consequences of all of them. I strive to adhere to each piece of truth I discover. As I do my mind is enlarged, my life is enriched, and I am at peace with myself, my family, and my fellow man.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Stephen McFarland
Anyone that understands the value of serving a mission would encourage everyone to have the experience. Those who desire to serve and meet moral standards qualify for missionary work. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Stephen McFarland
Why was it practiced in Biblical times? There may be several reasons why it was practiced early in the history of the church. It was a way to provide support to those in need. It was a way to multiply and replenish the earth. The practice was limited to 2-5% of its members and discontinued in 1890. President Hinckley has said, "I condemn it, yes, as a practice, because I think it is not doctrinal. It is not legal. And this church takes the position that we will abide by the law. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, magistrates in honoring, obeying and sustaining the law." Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Stephen McFarland
The Temple affords us a quiet place of refuge from the commotion of life where we can focus our attention on things of an eternal nature. The Temple strengthens marital and family relationships. Show more Show less

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

Stephen McFarland
In a Mormon Church we pay our weekly devotions and all are welcome member or non member. The Temple is a higher place of learning and worship in all aspects. Only those members of the church that live gospel principles and declare themselves worthy to enter may do so. Small children rarely participate in Temple worship. We wear white clothing and there is an extra sense of reverence inside the Temple. Show more Show less