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Hi I'm Steven

I'm a student, husband, sports-lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a student at the University of Minnesota, studying Healthcare Administration. I am married and have a little boy. My family is the centerpiece of my life. When I was 19 years old, I served a 2 year mission for the church in Mississippi. I love sports, especially playing soccer and watching the NBA.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings balance to my life. Life can easily get bogged down with a lot of things, but the Church has a way of putting everything in its proper perspective. Being a member of the Church helps me to truly remember what is most important.

How I live my faith

Living your religion doesn't require monumental events or opportunities. Living your faith is much more simple than that. It is saying hi, pointing someone in the right direction, or holding a door. Living your religion means letting everyone know that you are a disciple of Christ, not by your words, but by your actions.

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

They will probably start off by asking you a few simple questions about you, what you believe, what role religion has played in your life, as well as simple things like where you're from, where you work, your family, etc. They will then take some time to share with you what we as member of the Church believe, such as the First Vision, the Book of Mormon, the Plan of Salvation, and the importance for all to be baptized by proper authority. They may even ask you to pray on your own and to read passages from the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

God has established a pattern of calling prophets all throughout time to teach His children His commandments. Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and Jacob were prophets of God. Eventually, God's children would reject His prophets. Without a prophet on the earth, God's children would fall into a period of spiritual darkness, known as an apostasy. When God's children were ready, God would send them another prophet to teach them the commandments. This pattern continued until God eventually sent His own Son, Jesus Christ. When Christ was on the earth, He taught His gospel and established His church (organizational structure; Ephesians 2:19-20). Christ called 12 men, His 12 apostles, to be the leaders of His church. He gave them priesthood authority (Luke 9:1-2) to teach His gospel and to baptize. Eventually, Christ and His apostles, like the prophets of old, were rejected. Once that happened, God's priesthood authority was lost. Truths that Christ had established were lost or distorted. God's children once again fell into an apostasy. In 1820, when God's children were finally ready, God called a young man named Joseph Smith to be a prophet. Through Joseph Smith, truths that had been lost or changed for hundreds of years were restored. The priesthood authority to teach the truth and to baptize was once again restored. God also called 12 apostles and re-established His church. Since then, a prophet has been called repeatedly and there is a living prophet on the earth today. Show more Show less