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Hi I'm Stan Stark

My wife and I joined the Church in 1959. I was 18.

About Me

I'm a science teacher, a dad, a grandpa, and I still love my high school sweetheart. I run, ride a row-bike, write, draw & paint, make family movies, and I love to read about science and history. I have never found a valid conflict between science, or history and the doctrines and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

Someone once asked my why I spend so much time involved in the Church instead of something else. "There is nothing else." I promptly answered. There is nothing else that can keep a person so free of problems, so happy, so needed, and so close to God. The Church has given me a reason to keep trying to do better at everything I do. My parents, grandparents, some of my cousins and even our little girl have already died, but to me they have only crossed to another place where I will meet them. The Church has given me that conviction, and peace to know that this life is not the end. I will be with my family for eternity.

How I live my faith

My wife and I are Cub Scout Den leaders right now, eight year old boys, and I teach five families at their homes. I also write a little of the history of the Church in our area, and I help others find their ancestors.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Stan Stark
The Book of Mormon is a religious history of the people who lived in the Americas. It tells about Jesus Christ's visit to the people soon after he was resurrected. Compared with the Bible, it is easier to understand, yet has the complexity that must come with an ancient record. There is absolutely no way Joseph Smith could have written, or translated it by himself, without help and guidance from God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Stan Stark
Death is like crossing a street to a side you've never been on, or like going to a movie that you've never seen, or like taking a vacation to a place you've never been. You will cross and find that most everything is the same. We associate with others just as we do now, and like crossing the street, we think the same thoughts we do now, or like going to the movie we have feelings like we do now, but there will be a difference, and we will note that. We don't have a body, we can't touch with our fingers, we can't taste, we can't vibrate with music, and we miss those things. We can reflect on our life, and that will be our dilemma. We may want to change some of our attitudes and habits that caused us problems in life, but it will be harder because we don't have our bodies to help us. We can't lose the desire to smoke because our body can't overcome it. We can't lose the desire to get angry quickly because our body can't react to our thoughts. We can't lose the desire to hate because it has been built into our body and deeply entwined into our nerves and fibers. But we can repent. We can start the process, but not complete it. For complete repentance we will need to wait for the resurrection. In the world spirits we can learn. We can learn good and we can still learn evil. We will still have to choose which we want to learn. Those choices will still be just as hard, if not harder, so we should never delay our repentance because we think it might be easier after we die. Show more Show less

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

Stan Stark
Yes. It is part of my being, and my personal philosophy. When I follow the prophet, I stay out of trouble, and stay close to God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Stan Stark
I don't think Mormon's are "required" to serve a mission, or to do anything else. We believe in agency more than any organization I have ever heard of. Everyone chooses his or her life for themselves. There are many things I wish I had done in the past, but because of my circumstances, I didn't. My wife, Dorothy and I have just submitted our papers for a mission. I think "privilege" is a better word than required for all things Mormons do. We have the privilege of doing these things. Some Mormons never get the opportunity to serve a mission because of their situation. They don't usually feel they are not living their religion, and members who go on missions don't feel they are any "better" than those who can't serve. Show more Show less