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Hi I'm Stephen

Hello I work in construction, my families are of Old American stock & Cherokee. God Bless the Republic of America !

About Me

I am a Father of 5 children 2 boys and3 girls. I am a master drywall finisher and Italian Plaster applicator. I have a strong American Heritage. My Irish/Scott's came in the 1740's to this Land and traded with my other ancestor's and joined with my Ani Yunwiya family,or Cherokee in English. I like to study history, to learn the wisdom of those in the past and share it with others. My path is taking me into the far past of the Cherokee and their beliefs. I also am learning the HAM radio, which is a fun hobby.  I have a blog that is a work in progress to Share Native American stories about God's dealing with them, and other North American Archaeology and links to more information about a lot of interesting though inspiring things. Come visit, add your questions, comments, or share your stories.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Faith, however I found my mind in a state of flux about 18, many changes take place at that age, I did question about the faith, having grown up knowing of it I still did not know for myself it it were real, true for me. I knew there was a Creator in Heaven, but for myself I needed to find out did God live, was Jesus the Christ ? So began my journey, I began to honestly search the Bible, Old & New Testament to discover if it were true, In it I was told to ask God, so through 3 days of fasting and prayer I did receive my answer from a Blessed Father that Jesus is the Christ and redeemer of the Earth, that the Bible was the word of God. At this time the next step was to be taken, in my learning process, who was Joseph Smith Jr. ? and this book, The Book of Mormon a reported history of the America's and God dealings with these people. So began that journey of discovery. I did honestly read with faith wanting to know of the truth or false of this man and this book. Upon finishing the Book of Mormon I did follow the directions of one of the writers to ask of God in faith if it were true, thus another 3 days of prayer and fasting, and once again I was told by the spirit of truth as before this is truth, this is real and a good fruit to partake of. Thus began my journey I had learned of myself that Jesus is the Christ, that for me this LDS Faith is of God. I know the LDS faith is real and true, and so does my Father in Heaven who answered my honest prayers of it, I can no more deny what I have learned than deny the Sun shines, or that the Earth is solid beneath my feet I walk upon. For God has spoken it. Since that time, life has been a journey of long hardship and blessings all, for such is the paths of life. Once knowing a truth to me is simple, however living every day is a challenge as we are all weak and mortal thus we stray from time to time, for we are all human, and in need of Christs Atonement in our lives to keep us in a good way. We all strive to live our faith, all at different stages of belief or knowledge or wisdom. One cannot judge a faith based on one persons good or bad deeds, one must learn of themselves with Gods help.

How I live my faith

The faith that Christ has always taught is to live by the laws of love, and peace. Not the laws of the jungle which are the rules of the natural man and beast. I try to do good for others and not to judge anyone in their beliefs or actions, I do strive to love all, and even when wrongs are done by members or non members alike, I can forgive the person is my goal, such Christ taught forgive all, hate the Sin not the sinner, for are we not all sinners ? True is the saying he / she who is without sin may cast the 1st stone. So I strive to leave the stones upon the land. We are all of the Family of Adam & Eve our 1st parents, so we are all family. No matter our Faith, Race, Creeds, & politics. As family we tend to have disagreements of course such is the weakness of mortality. How ever we must live by example, for words are just sounds upon the wind of the world, actions speak much louder than words. I strive to live as Christ taught. Such is my life and am very grateful for the gift of repentance Christ has given to us. Christ is the way and the truth and the life, so in life, family, business all actions and thoughts I struggle to be more as he would want me to be. Simply do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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

Stephen
This is a great question again volumes in the answer. Yes Jesus Christ did appear to my ancestors in America. I will reference several sources, for your own verifications, If Christ did come and visit one would think the natives of the land would have a record, verbal or written of the Holy Event. My Cherokee ancestors speak of it, as other nations do as well he is called many names but the descriptions are the same, a Fair White God, or Teacher, Prophet who came walked amongst the people, taught them Love, peace, and many of the things learned in the Scriptures. Then he left with the promise to return. Search a book of stories gathered by Taylor Hansen in 1963 Called "He walked the Americas" Full of accounts of the stories and ministry of this heavenly being who spent time with them in North, Central, South, Americas as well as some of the islands of the pacific. Another is a magazine of a fellow searcher of American history. Wayne May, "Ancient American, Archaeology of the America's Before Columbus" Many stories have come in his findings of the Great Spirit, the Jesus Christ to America's. With photo's of all the writtings on slate, wood, etc. as well as the legends about The healer, East Star Man, Wakea, and many others, but all the same description of who came. It matches the descriptions found of Christs visit in the Book of Mormon, and of his ministry at the time to the America's as well as in the Middle East, Bible stories. In these histories, that have been hidden from view by the darwinists, in the late 1800's to 1900's we find the stories in Native lore, and writtings, the same as mentioned in the Book of Mormon. And that Christianity Was here in the America's long before the Europeans came. In fact the Native felt the Europeans had gone astray from the truths the Creator had taught them. Thus the Native American history and their cultures and languages have been mostly destroyed, only now are pieces coming together and being brought to the light of day for the world to see and read. Yes there is much information here, my grandfather joined the LDS church when he read the Book of Mormon and Knew the stories told him in his youth from the Elders of the Cherokee, he knew by history, and by the spirit of truth, the Holy Ghost it was true. There are so many volumes of information it is mind boggling, the great mound builders of the hopewell and others all match the stories. They speak of the Creator even by description and action Jesus Christ, and they have their prophecies when he shall return. As do the modern Christians and Israelites. So yes Christ did in fact come and minister to my ancestor's. For we know it, and speak of it in our sacred speech, held away from the English & Yankee' who would or have attempted to destroy or remake our history. God is good, and the truth is coming forth about this event in ways yet to be learned by the public. Too much to say on this. God love us all, for we are all his children and of the family of Adam & Eve, let us all live in peace as Christ would so desire. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Stephen
Faith is to have hope in something, that it can become a reality. Science is a work of faith, the scientists have faith that their theory or formulas will work, and inventor the same thing. Sometimes through trial and error, a lot of error we learn to grow in faith in our project. Knowledge is different, we know the sun will rise, and that water is wet. And the law of gravity is real. So faith is a process of growth, and we all grow at different levels, and speed. Like a seed here is a thought that came to me. "FROM THE SEED TO THE TREE" "We are as a seedling, blown and tossed by the winds, the rain, the floods, the storms, carried about by the animals and creatures of the earth and seas, some carried high above on the wings of those that fly. And yet in time we all find the same place to rest, we search for our home a place to become, to grow. When we find our place of rest we sit and wait. In the earth we find room to grow, our roots slowly spread outwards and down looking for a good hold. Our sprouts struggle and dig their way to the surface where their, they find the rays of sun, and the rain to quench their thirst. Through the years of toil, of never seemingly getting any where fast, the slow process of growth, through the turmoil of life, the storms, the hard winter’s the strong howling winds, the blazing suns day, the cold desert nights, as we avoid the animals and bugs the critters that hunt and seek our destruction amongst the elements of earth. After all this, after all the pain and the toil over hours, days, weeks, months, years, and beyond. Into the future we grow a hundred years or more. Now see what you have become, no longer a small little seed but a huge sound tree. You now tower above all that once you feared, that which hurt, gave freely the hard early life one lives between the sprout and the tree. Now learn wisdom for don't you see, you are tall and strong for all to see. You provide protection from the storms of life to all the other sprouts, and things in life. Feel good dear tree, for from a seed you came and into the tree you now see. Life’s journey are for the strong, with out the hard things in life your wood would not be as strong, not as mighty, not as sound. So share your wisdom dear people, as life's events come now. For we are all the seed, and we are all to become a tree. It is up to you, it is up to me, to see what type of tree we shall be. Strong and sound, or like a dried up reed. Be of good character and take great care for the Great Creator of all looks after thee." We know that God loves us, and he lives, we call him our Father in Heaven, most cultures have their own terminology for him, the Great Spirit, Creator, Spirit, many things, yet all have an inner sense that their is something out their beyond our physical reach, something more. Faith is a seed like above, how you plant it, where you plant it and how you take care of it is very important. Example if you have faith that if you study hard in school and do all you can to get good grades that in the end it will pay off in a good way. So you study, that is a seed. If you take the seed of learning and you put it aside behind the TV, Internet, social life, and so forth and you never help it to mature then it will slowly wither an perish, leaving you with poor grades in school. A parent has faith that if they train up their children in good wholesome ways they will stay in the path of light and truth and become good citizens and people. Father in Heaven has Faith that we will choose to follow his son Jesus Christ and learn to live as Christ did / does. By his example. So for religion, a seed of faith to learn. One must feed it well, if you want to learn and grow in faith in Jesus Christ one cannot do so if they spend all their time in places of darkness. One must find area's of light, whether it be a church, people, park, walk in the mountains, walk on the beach, somewhere you can find peace and think of good things. Reading the Bible is a good way to gain and feed faith in the Christ and God. And prayer, like a seed as you learn to pray and listen to the answers your faith will increase and grow and eventually become a tree of solid faith in that which you believe. Like myself, I had faith in God, then I studied and prayed to know the truths of that which I wanted to know of, and my prayers where answered. So faith led to belief that led to knowledge. As for the LDS, well a good example would be to use the Book of Mormon, test its fruit to see if it is good, but 1st you must plant a seed of faith, could it be true ? or not. then study, read, and ask God via prayer and you will learn one step at a time, and faith will grow. Well may we all learn faith one step at a time, it is a life time experiance of always planting seeds. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Stephen
This is a huge answer, that takes volumes, however I shall tell you some of his history. The claim he had a vision at age 14, that lead to his future Restoration of the Church of Christ in its fullness is well documented, and can be address by live chats on this site as per the details. He was given a record of he ancients of the America's called today the "Book of Mormon" anther testiment of Christ. And as the Prophet Isaiah said, the stick of Judah Bible = record of the seed of Judah and the stick of Joseph Book of Mormon = the seed of Joseph would come together in the last days to speak and teach and support the words of the Messiah, even Jesus Christ. Now these things are known, however I shall tell you something of the boy and the man. The rest is available on the LDS sites. Who was Joseph Smith Jr. ? His family came from England in search of Religious freedom, and come from the Irish clans. They came in the year of our Lord 1620 upon the ocean with the Mayflower, John Howland was his ancestor there. His Grandfather Asael Smith and maternal Grandfather Solomon Mack both served in the Revolutionary War of Independence of America from tyranny of the British Crown. To say they were founders of America is to do so lightly, many of their family members did much to found towns, explore the then frontiers and defend the peoples of the young Republic. Joseph Smith Jr was Born in 1805 on the 23rd of December,in the frontier town of Sharon, Vermont to his parents Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. He was a farm boy, as was his whole family, it was said if you want a good days work you called on the Smith boys, for they were good honest workers. As the whole family was industrious and active in their communities. When Joseph was 14, his whole family was caught up in the tent revivals of his age, and this lead to his asking God in prayer which of all these religions were true, for the Bible spoke of One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. But with so many contradictions by the professor's of religion at the time it was confusing. He read James 15, and did as it suggested, if you lack wisdom ask God. He did so and received what is today known as his 1st Vision. Eventually he was given by an Angel of God a book, The Book of Mormon to translate from the reformed Egyptian and did so by the power of God as he had only a farmers education at home, about a grade school knowledge of reading and math etc. taught mainly by his mother and older kin. It is interesting how a mere boy of 14, upon telling his friends some a minister his story of his vision with Christ, how much anger and dark acts came from it, they demanded he no longer talk about it, that he Deny it. He grew, and married Emma Hale Smith, they had little peace as the Church was founded and grew, moving many times over the next 24 yrs, for safety, to attempt to avoid mobs, tar & feathering, beatings etc. they lost 6 of their children only 5 grew to adult hood. He founded a city out of a swamp now know as Nauvoo. It was the largest city on the American frontier at the time, larger than Chicago at the time. He went to the Native Americans and sent missionaries to them as well, for the claims of The Book of Mormon where it was a record of their fore fathers. It was so widely accepted by the natives as they knew some of the stories contained in the pages from their own history, that the other religions who were preaching to the Indians, were jealous and demanded he LDS Mormons be forbidden from contact with the Indians, and claimed they were stiring up the natives to rebel against the armys of America and such false claims to support their own agendas. He ran for Pres. or the USA in 1844 mainly to help public opinion towards the members and the great wrongs done, lands stolen, people abused in every way. No constitutional rights seem to exist for the early LDS church. It did not help that some of Josephs campaign speech was dealing with Abolition Freeing the Slaves, and so forth. That did not go over in Missouri and surrounding states. So in the summer of 1844 a mob planned and carried out his assassination. He was Killed by a mob of over 200 with his brother Hyrum Smith. So his beliefs where based on Christ, and he never denied them, even to his death. There were many reasons the dark forces formed against him but the history is there. This is but an very minor hint of what he did before he left this world. Who was Joseph Smith Jr. he was my wifes 3rd great grandfather, and much is to be shared of his life. He was a good man, and a Prophet of God as Moses or Issac or Jacob, and he brought forth the history of my ancestor's on the America's for the world to read, in the Book of Mormon. He was a man of peace, and a Patriot for the Republic of America and the US Constitution as a document inspired by God to bless all in the world. He lived for Christ, he died for his belief in Jesus Christ.  Show more Show less