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Hi I'm Steele Kizerian

Lucky husband. Blessed father. Happy businessman. Grateful citizen. Proud Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California with my parents, two older brothers twins and younger sister. I graduated in Business Management from BYU, obtained my Masters at George Mason University and am currently working in Houston, TX in business. I am a proud alumni of Teach for America and taught Kindergarten in the inner city DC Metro area and loved it. I love to read, play board games (Trouble, Sorry, Uno). I absolutely love all sports, especially soccer and volleyball. I am known to be a great ping pong and foosball player. I speak el Espanol and love meeting new people from all cultures and all faiths.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because it brings me closer to Jesus Christ. He is central to God's plan and to my core faith. It is through Him that I am saved and receive strength to endure and overcome hard times. I love Christ. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I am filled with warmth, peace, and joy when I am at church, read the Book of Mormon, read the Bible, serve others, and keep the commandments of God. I am Mormon because there are living prophets and apostles on the earth that have authority permission from God to be His mouthpiece just as there were in the Old and New Testament times. I am a Mormon because I can be with my family forever and death is not the end. I am a Mormon because I would not be as happy and full of joy that I am/have if I were without it. Life is hard. It is not easy. Bad things happen to really good people. For that reason, I am Mormon because it gives me strength, power, and perspective

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. I work with each person in my ward congregation and try to help them develop faith in Jesus Christ and follow His example. I work with the missionary efforts in our congregation. I try to reach out to those who may have "wandered" or those who are looking for answers to true, deep questions in life. I teach the gospel of Christ and strive to share it with all I come in contact with. Each day i strive to be more like Christ through daily prayer, scripture study, and acts of faith. I am not perfect, far from it. But I live what I love and that is God and my faith.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Steele Kizerian
The Mormon Church finances its operations through the tithes of its members. Members donate 10% of their income to the Lord for the operations of the Church such as buildings, bills, temples, books, etc. Thankfully, nobody in the church is paid, meaning we have a "clergy" that is 100% volunteer. It is absolutely amazing. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Steele Kizerian
President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. He is so pure and full of love. He is an example to me of how Christ lived His life. He is always serving other people, especially those who go unnoticed such as widows. I know he is a true prophet of God because of his "fruits." Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Steele Kizerian
Solely in the Lord Jesus Christ for He never fails, never deceives, never leads astray. He is our Savior and the way for us to be with God. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Steele Kizerian
Baptism is a beautiful ordinance outward physical act showing an inner commitment/covenant with God. Baptism is essential and absolutely necessary for the eternal salvation of each soul As Jesus taught. It must have a couple components. 1 AUTHORITY-each person must be baptized by an individual who has true authority priesthood from God that has a direct line all the way back to Christ. It is a physical authorization. 2 IMMERSION-baptism must be by immersion for that is how Christ was baptized. 3 ACCOUNTABILITY-the person being baptized must be making the decision themselves. It is a covenant between the individual and God. Nobody else. For that reason, along with others, we do not practice INFANT baptism. For if infants die, Christ's grace, love, and atonement cover them. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Steele Kizerian
Mormons believe in God the Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that the only way to return to God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. In order to follow Christ more fully, we need to follow His prophets, for they speak the words of Christ. They are His mouthpiece on the earth. They say and do what Christ commands. We believe in modern revelation and we believe God still speaks to man today! We believe that families can be together forever. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Steele Kizerian
Church services are so great! They are one hour long and then have other classes if you are interested in staying longer. You will hear talks from regular members of the congregation. We do not have one pastor/minister. We all teach each other. We do have a bishop who oversees the operations/functions of the ward. YES!!!!! Visitors are allowed. Please come! We would love to have you! We always love answering questions. YES!!! You can attend church as often as you like! We love you and welcome you anytime. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Steele Kizerian
Mormons do NOT practice polygamy. Contrary to what mainstream media believes, we believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. Was there a time that Mormons did practice polygamy? Yes. Was it about having a lot of wives? No. So why? see Official Church Stance on FAQ Mormon.org. It was to fulfill a commandment of God just as it was done in the Old Testament with prophets such as Abraham and Jacob Israel. Do Mormons practice polygamy anymore? No. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Steele Kizerian
So that we serve each other, grow, and develop. It is a way for us to follow Christ and to have charity. It is about being a family, brothers and sisters. We do that so we can follow Christ and not do it as a means to earning money. We believe in hard work and personal independence and accountability. If we got paid, people would be faithful for the wrong reasons. Show more Show less

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

Steele Kizerian
Absolutely! He told His apostles that He would visit "other sheep which were not of this fold." Those other sheep were in America. I know this to be true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Steele Kizerian
Because the Bible is the word of God and it teaches about Jesus Christ. We seek after anything that brings us closer to Christ. For that is the goal. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Steele Kizerian
God started the Mormon Church through his modern day prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr. just as he did in the Old and New Testament with other prophets such as Moses, Noah, Peter, etc. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Steele Kizerian
Joy in the lives of people who read the Book of Mormon and join the Church. There is peace and a filling of the void that so many people truly yearn for. Answers to all of your questions are found in the doctrines of the restored Church. People find their answers here and like how they feel. They feel closer to God and want to follow Him. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Steele Kizerian
Contact the Mormon Missionaries through mormon.org. There are links that take you there and there are missionaries you can chat with online as well. Also, ASK a friend! If you know your friend is a Mormon, do not be shy or embarrassed. We love to share our faith and would be MORE than willing to help you get in contact with some Mormon Missionaries. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Steele Kizerian
The Church understands that there are individuals who are born with certain homosexual tendencies. It understands how hard it must be and are sympathetic to them. The church loves those who have homosexual tendencies. The church will do all it can to support, love, and welcome these individuals and help them to overcome these tendencies. The church, through Christ, maintains the law of chastity for all its members. This law states that no individual, regardless of sexual orientation, should have sexual relations outside of marriage, and should only be between one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage is important to the church because we believe that marriage is between man and woman and that the definition of family is just that. We believe that God created man and woman and that one of our main purposes is to procreate. We believe this to be fundamental and is core to our doctrine on the family and marriage. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Steele Kizerian
Mormons live fun, active lives! We are your everyday teenagers. We are your everyday Gen Y. We are your everyday moms and dads trying to raise good virtuous children. We value education and hard work. We play sports and have lots of fun activities together. We serve others. We laugh and play and go to the movies. We read books! We have good clean wholesome fun. Mormons live just like any good citizen should live. Wholesome. Pure. Patriotic. Loyal. Friendly. Selflessly. Service Centered. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Steele Kizerian
It is a nick name. We believe in both the Bible AND in the Book of Mormon. Both are testaments of Jesus Christ. One does not replace the other. Two witnesses of Christ. Two people in "court" testifying that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. Because of our belief in the Book of Mormon, people outside of the Church began calling us Mormons. We dont mind being called Mormons. As long as people know our faith is in Jesus Christ alone and not in Mormon, we are good to go! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Steele Kizerian
By listening to lessons the Mormon Missionaries have prepared for you. By praying about the Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith Jr.. By going to church on Sundays. And finally, by being baptized by correct authority and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost confirmation by correct authority. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Steele Kizerian
The Atonement of Jesus Christ comprises of 3 events: 1 Suffering for all our pains, sorrows, sufferings, loneliness, trials, losses, sins, etc. in the Garden of Gethsemane. 2 Death on the Cross 3 Resurrection 3 days later It was necessary for Christ to do this so that you and I can truly repent of our sins, be forgiven of them, and therefore, become clean to enter God's presence. He paid the price so we can return with our families to God. He Sacrificed bc he loves all of us. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Steele Kizerian
The Relief Society is the world's largest woman's organization. Its members range from women 18-100+ in age. Its purpose is to serve and help others in the community and in the church. It is an amazing and incredible organization and I have seen none like it in my life. They follow the example of Christ in all they do and provide relief to those who are torn down, stressed, lost, weary, lonely, scared, sick, troubled, etc. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Steele Kizerian
It is law of health...a health code. It is that we should be healthy, exercise, eat fruits and vegetables and grains etc. It warns us and provides wisdom in not drinking alcohol, doing drugs, smoking, coffee, and tea because of the harm it does to our body and our soul. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Steele Kizerian
Mormons are everyday normal people of all backgrounds, races, cultures, countries, etc. Mormons are Christians who believe in Jesus Christ. They are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They love life! They are your neighbors and friends! Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Steele Kizerian
All the creations around us. The life of an animal. The history of the world. The life of a bug. The human body alone. The fact that we breathe without thinking. Most importantly, something deep inside me tells me there is a God. It is a feeling. A trust. A hope...an intelligent hope. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Steele Kizerian
Temples are the climax of our faith. They are God's home and considered the holiest place on earth. Not just anybody can enter the temple. Just because somebody is Mormon does not mean they can enter the temple. As in the Old Testament, only those of a specific tribe and gender could enter the temple and it was the High Priest. Now, God sees it fit that all people, regardless of gender, background, race, etc. can enter the temple as long as they meet some requirements of "worthiness" This worthiness is based on faithfulness to Gods revealed commandments. Since it is a holy place, God must ensure that only those living a life in conformity to His standards can enter. Nothing is secret in the gospel, only very very sacred. It is so personal to us and to God. Just as you would not tell many people of a spiritual experience or something that you hold so very personal and would not divulge it to any one person just because they are curious, it is the same with the Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Steele Kizerian
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, the third member. It is the Father, then Jesus Christ, and then the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bone as Christ and the Father do. The Holy Ghost testifies/tells each person if something is true. He is a comforter and grants peace to our souls and hearts. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Steele Kizerian
They follow the commandment of Jesus Christ to share the gospel. They proselyte because they feel so strongly about the importance of the message they share about Christ and the restoration of His church on the earth. It has made them and their families so happy that they are not afraid to talk to absolute strangers and share their feelings about Christ and His restored gospel. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Steele Kizerian
They will talk about Jesus Christ, His plan, His Gospel, and what He desires of you. They will speak of His Church and His Authority on the earth. They will speak of the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. They will speak about baptism and its role in Gods plan. They will speak of Joy and Happiness and how to achieve it. They will speak about how to become clean again and return to God with your family. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Steele Kizerian
Yes! This is the great truth of our lifetime!! You can be with your spouse for eternity and death is not the end of it! We believe that if families are faithful to Gods commandments and are sealed married in the temple and stay faithful, they will be with their family forever in heaven! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Steele Kizerian
Many think the Mormon Church is a cult...well, it isn't. They think it is because of "secretive" things that go on. There are no such secrets. These things are not secret, rather sacred. Anyone and everyone can know what we know. They simply have to meet the requirements set by God and His prophets. The Church invites all to come and follow Christ and know of the truths He has for them. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Steele Kizerian
The purpose of life is to: 1 Gain a body 2 Gain Experience 3 Become like Christ through faith, repentance, baptism by authority, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. 4 Time to prove ourselves to God that we love Him and will keep His commandments and serve others 5 To be happy 6 Follow Christ all the days of our life....Continuous Christianity 7 To be clean from sin Show more Show less