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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a Husband, Writer, Blogger, Texan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 3 beautiful girls. I work full time as an IT professional. I love rock climbing, mountain biking, camping with my family, anything outdoors really.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I felt from a young age it was right, but didn't know for certain though until I was an adult. I had a few experiences which made me question what was really important in life. In particular, I moved away from home to work and found myself very lonely. I decided to pray and was comforted. As I read the scriptures I was reminded that the Lord loves us and we are never truly alone. The spirit was very strong and I had a calm, peaceful feeling that the words I had heard all my life, were true. With that reassurance, I have followed the Lord ever since.

How I live my faith

I work in the church with the Young Men's organization. This includes weekly activities using the Boy Scouts program, frequent camping trips including annual weeklong camps, Sunday lessons, and mentoring. I volunteer to help with other activities like cleaning our church buildings and setting up chairs for meetings. Additionally, I serve families in our congregation. We have assignments to care for one another, so I visit my families at least monthly and share a spiritual thought with them. I also help them with anything they may need. Just last month, I took my ladder to one house and helped hang a tire swing for their kids. I have to live my faith daily. I work and live among people who are not of my faith and I know that they wonder about why I do the things I do. When they ask, I tell them it is out of love for God that I serve.

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

Tithing is an ancient commandment found in the Old Testament. I have found that when my family and I pay tithing the promise given in the Bible is fulfilled. We are blessed for our obedience in many ways. I know that those who keep this commandment will be blessed as well. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are incredible. My wife is the rock of our family. Strong and intelligent, Mormon women belong to the largest women's organization in the world. Run by women, for women, the Relief Society provides charitable care to people throughout the world. Woman are an important part of running the church itself. Inherently more spiritual than men, women in our church visit one another regularly, and especially in times of need birth, illness, death, loneliness, or whatever the case may be. These women are always ready to testify of Christ as well as serve in his name. My wife is my partner in life. We make decisions together and work in unison to raise our children. God has assigned men the priesthood, and to serve in that capacity, but he has endowed women with motherhood. The power to give life, a power no man could ever have. I try every day to be as good as my wife is. I am blessed to have her as the role model for my daughters. Show more Show less