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Hi I'm Steven

I'm a returned missionary, I have a passion for learning, I love playing with kids and being with my family, and I'm a mormon

About Me

Hi! I'm a member of the Toledo Ohio Stake but since I've been in the mission field my family moved to Texas, so I know nothing about that place and now I'm a member of one of those stakes! My mission is called the Idaho Pocatello Mission cause that's where I'm serving! Best place ever! I have a passion for learning and a hunger for knowledge. Seriously, no joke, I love reading about anything and everything!!!! I was a student at The University of Toledo but I gave up a scholarship that allowed me to get my undergraduate in order to go on a mission. I currently am interested in going into Optometry or microbiology when I get back but I haven't quite decided because there is so much i'm interested in.When I get home I plan on going to BYU-Provo! I love Idaho, maybe one day I'll get to live here! I also love the outdoors, to just go walk and enjoy the wonderful gift of nature that Christ has given us. Especially being here in the West I love to see the Mountains. Every time I turn my head and see it, its mind blowing how big and solid they look! My biggest goal right now is to have a family, I can't wait to have my own kids running around and be able to play with them!!!! Just look up the Mormon Message "Earthly Father, Heavenly Father" and you'll see my perspective and dream!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel in every way! I honestly would not know where I would be without it. It is such a blessing in my life. I was actually born in the church, both parents being members, and continue today to attend church every Sunday. My testimony of the gospel has grown significantly, and its because of all the trials and the hardships I've had in my life. I know without a doubt that this is the true church of Christ. I know that God and his son Jesus Christ lives and hears and answers all our prayers, no matter the situation. I also know that Joseph Smith is and was the first Prophet of these the latter days. And I cannot wait to help the Lord spread this message throughout the Earth!!!

How I live my faith

I love to help out in every way possible. Especially volunteering! I enjoy providing service to others, but I have a hard time receiving it in return because I feel like its a burden on others. Service though is what I live for, since I've been on my mission I have learned about different ways of serving. Not all service is in physical labor, sometimes its in the very nature of how we live our lives, our example or the kind things we do for others. Before I came out I was serving as Ward missionary, home teacher and gospel essentials instructor. And now I get to serve as a missionary!!! I recieved my Mission call to the Idaho Pocatello Mission and am excited to finally get a chance to serve! I try every day to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and keep his commandments.

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

Steven
Mormons in a lot of ways are just like everyone else. In the scriptures we are counseled to "live in the world, but not of it", meaning that we should live our lives according to the teachings of the church and not do things that bring on immoral behavior or other things of that nature. We follow ALL the commandments, not just the ten written by Moses. These commandments and "guidelines" are meant to keep us safe and healthy, never to cause misery or unhappiness. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Steven
To start out we dress in a professional manor for church white shirt and tie for men, appropriate dresses etc. for the women. This way it helps us focus on the teachings and feelings during church instead of how we look. We do celebrate some holidays like Christmas and Easter, not for the gifts and candy but to celebrate the birth and resurection of our savior. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Mothers and Fathers Day we also celebrate. Depending on the country you live in you may have additional holidays to celebrate. YES we also love having fun!! Our church puts together wonderful activities and dances for all ages that everyone I know enjoy tremendously! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Steven
We don't drink or eat those things because it ruins our body both physically and spiritually. You see, when someone drinks say alcohol they lose control of their thoughts and emotions and therefore can't think straight. We've all heard stories of people being killed over drunk drivers. We lose all judgement and focus, we can't make decisions and THAT is the whole reason basically. God has given the gift of agency to all of us. By giving into those drugs we lose that agency because we give it up for the need of those harmful substances. Anything that harms us in this way, helps Satan gain a little more control over us. And to me thats not a comforting thought. I would rather be able to think for myself and not be under the control of needing those harmful substances constantly. The health code or better yet the law we go by is called the Word of Wisdom. This law can be found in the Doctrine and Covenants section 89 which is another book of scripture just like the Book of Mormon and the Bible. This explains all the things that we should stay away from and all the things that we can eat and drink. Things like cofee, tea (nonherbal) alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and other harmful and addictive substances should be avoided. We are alco councelled to eat meat occasionally, but to eat fruits and vegetables and plenty of grains. I know that if we follow this law we can be much happier and free from the chains that keep us bound to those horrid things. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Steven
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." -Article of Faith number 8 We still believe the Bible to be inspired writtings from the Lord's prophets and apostles. However the Bible has been translated so frequently that many of its orginal words and phrases have been lost. Especially since each translation was done after the Priesthood authority was taken from the Earth nobody could recieve revelation in order to translate it the right way. So when Joseph Smith restored the church he was able to recieve revelation from God to correct some of those passages. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Steven
Missionary service is not a requirement for church members. But it is a priesthood duty for all worthy males to serve a mission. Sisters have also an opportunity to serve a mission if they so choose. Members of the church, when they join, take on the responsibility to share the gospel with all those around them. We try our best to emulate the Savior, in fact we covenant to always "remember him" and take upon us his name when we are baptized. So in essence we are called to share the gospel with everyone all the time. The benifits of serving a mission far outway anything remotely close. Besides the eternal blessings which in itself are so huge that they can't all be comprehended, you gain people experience, better study habbits, etc. So go do it if you can! Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Steven
The temple is a sacred place, not a secret place. That is a common misconception, THe savior doesn't want whats done to be secret because the work of salvation is for everyone. But that is exactly what temples are used for is the work of salvation of everyone. We are told that God's purpose is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." The only way this can be done is in the temples. In the temples we do several things called ordinances such as baptisms for the dead, endowments, initiatories and sealings. All for the work of the living and the dead. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Steven
The church believes that life is to be cherished. It is a sin to take the life of another. Abortion is taking someone else's life. Under very specific and controlled conditions can an abortion be preformed after much counciling. Those situations include when the life or health of the mom is in danger or as a result of rape causing serious emotional disasters to the mother. But again it should be carefully prayed and pondered over as well as talking with both medical and local priesthood authority. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Steven
A ward is the local congregation, sometimes their are more than one ward meeting in a building. They are organized geographically according to the location of the chapel. Sometimes the congregation is really small (less then 300) and are organized into a branch which is a little smaller. A stake is all the congregations in a certain area organized into one big congregation for meetings. In other words a stake is the formation of several wards and branches in an area. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Steven
No, Mormon's do not practice polygamy anymore. It is in violation with the law and with the commandments that God has given to is. Yes, in the early church Polygamy was practiced but it was disbanded as soon as the command from the Lord came. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Steven
In the LDS church our belief is that we help everyone no matter race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. We stick with the commandment "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Unfortunately people aren't perfect and so we sometimes help only those we are most comfortable helping, even if that means mormons helping mormons. But we try our best to be better everyday. That is our purpose for living here on earth. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Steven
We have 12 apostles because we are the same church that exhisted in the New Testament. You see in Acts chapter 1 after Judas committed suicide that their were only 11 apostles left so under Peters' direction because he was the head apostle he ordained another named Matthias. Likewise, today we do the same under the same authority that Peter had, once an apostle dies a new one is called of God by revelation to replace the one who has passed. Otherwise if apostles weren't ordained and they were alowed to die off, that authorty would go with each one of them until their would be none left. Ultimately repeating history often refered to as the great Apostasy. Show more Show less

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

Steven
Our services are pretty orderly and done with reverance so as to not disrupt the Spirit. The mmetings are held in our chapels on sundays and last for about 3 hours. Visitors are always welcome as long as they are respectful of the atmosphere the services create. We in fact have on every chapel sign two words that say "Visitors Welcome" encouraging all to attend. Most meetings are set up as follows (though the order changes depending on the area): A religious hymn sung by the congregation A Prayer offered by a church member Announcements The sacrament which includes taking of a piece of bread and drinking a small cup of water. This is preceded by a prayer for the bread and a prayer for the water. These represent the body and blood shed for us by Christ to remind us to repent and be more like him. Then speakers follow. Typically two but their are occasionally more. However it does not make the meeting go longer then an hour. Then its closed by another Hymn and a prayer. Everyone is dismissed to attent sunday school for those 12 and up. Primary for those 3-11 years. And a nursery is available for those under 3. After sunday school their is Young Women's for girls 12-17, Priesthood for men 12 and up, and relief society for those 18 and up. We encourage all to attend to feel of the spirit and the love that our Savior has for us. Show more Show less

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

Steven
For me their are several if not infinant ways in which I know their is a God. Personally I love looking at the stars and studying about astronomy. I love learning about the infinite amount of stars and galaxies, both light and dark matter, planets with so many different colors and most likely different kinds of plants and animals. Looking at Earth we have so good things like plants animals, the blue sky, endless oceans that reach deep into the ocean floor. Look at the wonderful ability us as humans have made when we take ordinary things like plants, animals and minerals; and the nturn them into food, clothing, fuel, buildings, technology and so much more! How great and magnificent is this planet on which we are blessed to live on. I don't think this just all happened; it was created so that we could live and enjoy our stay here as we learn and grow. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Steven
Pornography is evil! The easiet way to stop the spread and influence of it is to not view it in any form. Get it out of your life. It is vile, wretched, and demoralizing. You can always do something to help stop the spread of it in many other ways. By participating in groups and clubs etc. that go against the use and distribution of it. We should do everything we can to support, encourage and help those advocating who protest this vile act until our governments hear our cry. You can also begin in your own homes and communities by encouraging your relatives to dress modestly, avoid those that involve themselves in pornography, and help insure a family friendly environment for you and those around you. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Steven
The church does a lot for people around the world. Most of the time they don't announce to the world all the things that the church helps with. Most natural disasters that happen the church is first on site. But their are many ways that the church helps others. Some include donating food and supplies to different organizations, donating money to communities that need help and they teach self reliance in order to help others have the education to help themselves. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Steven
A testimony is a spiritual witness by the Holy Ghost of gospel truth. All who desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ needs to have a testimony of the gospel. You can have a testimony of many things. For example, you know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that Jesus is the Christ our savior and redeemer. You can know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Their are many other things you can have a testimony of. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Steven
Yes I know without a doubt their is a prophet today. He lives and guides us just the same as Moses and Abraham and Noah and all the prophets from before. Currently his name is President Thomas S. Monson. He holds all the keys to lead the Lord's church. He tells us the things that God wants us to know and that pertain to our salvation. He is a man called of God by the same priesthood that all the old and new testament prophets were called. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Steven
Eternal Life is our long term goal. Eternal Life is the privilege of living with Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ again. Along with all our family and friends who have done everything they are supposed to, to live with God again. After we are judged those who have followed Christ's example and have kept his commandments will have the opportunity to receive eternal life. When we receive eternal life we will continue to learn and grow just as we do here on earth, only we will be living with God. Show more Show less