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Hi I'm Stephen

I am a husband and a father. I love to build and fix "stuff" and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to think of myself as a typical person. I have a love of life and an appetite for living. Sure I have my daily challenges, but I have my way of dealing with them and I appreciate the rewards that arise from overcoming the challenges. I am a husband and have been a father for over twenty years. I work as a teacher and instructional designer for a large bank. In addition to spending time with my family, I like to read, study, learn, build, remodel, fix, garden, and of course, play outdoors. I am a regular guy, living a rewarding life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a good LDS (Mormon) family with strong pioneer heritage. Even though I have had the church around me my entire life, there came a time in my life where I needed to find out if the teachings and philosophies of the Mormon religion were what I really believed. I am happy to say that I have had many experiences and personal moments that have proven to me that these things are true and correct. As I have grown older, I have had a deeper understanding of how important these teachings are to me and my journey through life. I know who I am, I know where I came from, and I know where I can go after I leave this life. I know how the teachings of Jesus Christ can benefit me each day of my life. I have also seen the strength and blessings that my own family has received from the Lord's gospel. I am a Mormon because I know it is what is right for me. There is a power that I can receive by following the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I cannot find anywhere else. Why am I a Mormon? Why would I want anything else!

How I live my faith

I have held many positions in the church that have given me opportunities to stretch, grow, and become a better person. I have been a teacher, a group leader, a missionary, and a project leader, among other positions. I live my faith each day as I complete the tasks associated with these positions. I also live my faith each day by following the principals and doctrines of the church. This allows me to be a better me, and makes me feel better about who I will have become during my life.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Stephen
Those people that I have met in my life that have regarded the Mormon religion as a cult have always been those who have not had the privilege to hear about our religion right from the source. I think of it like this ... if I have never stood on the top of a mountain and want to know what it is like, and I asked someone who also has never stood at the top of a mountain. Their answers would be guesses, and possibly even incorrect. I may hear "it's too cold," or "it is too difficult to breath," or "it’s not worth the climb,” or other opinions. If I want to know what it is like to stand on the top of a mountain, I need to ask someone who has actually been there. I may hear "it is the most beautiful place to be," or "it is the best place to feel in touch with the earth." This would lead me to feeling that I want to be there as well, and see for myself. To anyone who feels that Mormonism is a cult, I would invite them to ask someone who has been there and has enjoyed the benefits of the church. Show more Show less

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

Stephen
My answer would be Jesus Christ himself. That is why the church carries His name. The church we have today is the same church that Jesus organized when He was here on the earth two thousand years ago. It is the same church that He revealed to His earlier prophets, such as Adam, Noah, and Abraham. Just as He revealed His church to earlier prophets, He also revealed his church to a prophet in modern times. In 1820, Jesus once again visited a prophet by the name of Joseph Smith, and the Lord's gospel was once again on the earth. Joseph Smith was the instrument used by Jesus Christ to restore His gospel to the earth. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Stephen
Job 38:4-7 states that when God laid the foundations of the earth, all the sons of God shouted for joy. Each of us are the spiritual sons and daughters of God; and we were the ones shouting for joy. This outpouring of joy happened when the earth was being created by a loving God, long before we came to here. The reason we were shouting is that this earth would give us the opportunity to get a body, one of the greatest gifts that God could give to each of us. To get a body, learn to use it, overcome challenges, experience happiness, gain talents, and learn to be more like God was what we were shouting about. When a child is conceived, an awaiting spirit is placed in this body and the journey of life begins. As spirits, we were not able to obtain all the experiences we are with bodies. To stop this young life would deny a spirit from having these life experiences. The spirit would move straight from the life we had prior to coming to this earth, right to the life we will experience after we leave this earth. This spirit would not have the opportunity to learn to use a body, overcome challenges, experience happiness found on this earth, gain talents, and learn to be more like God. Life is a sacred gift given to us from God, and each spirit matters to Him. The church’s position is to allow every son or daughter of God the same opportunity to experience this life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Stephen
I remember as a teenager reading one definition of the nature of God, and feeling empty and confused by what I had read. How could it be possible that God could be a bodiless, intangible, mystical and illusive entity, yet be defined as our supreme and ruling being? It did not make sense. The Mormon teachings of the nature of God made much more sense to me. I feel that the easiest way to understand the nature of God as defined by the Mormon Church is to look at how Jesus prayed to God. He began with “Our Father, which art in Heaven.” God is truly and simply that: my Father in Heaven. If he is my Father, then I know what he looks like – like me. If he looked any different, I feel Jesus would have called on him by a different title. When I read Genesis 1:26-27, it confirms what Jesus said: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him”. How simple and comforting is this? As I read Jesus’ prayer further, I learn more about the nature of God. I learn that I should reverence his name; He loves me enough that he has given me everything that I have; when I err, He can forgive me; He can deliver me from adverse situations, and He is all powerful. (Matthew 6:9-13) This allows me to know that He is a loving Father who cares about me and what I do. This definition of the nature of God makes sense to me, brings peace to me, and helps me to draw closer to my God, my Father in Heaven. Show more Show less