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Hi I'm Steven

I'm a husband, a student, and a sports fan. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old. I am married to my sweetheart. I am studying to become a Physician's Assistant, and hope to start my career in about five years. We hope to start a family in a few years, but for now we're enjoying being newlyweds! I served a mission for the Church in Montevideo, Uruguay, from September 2007 to September 2009. I was able to meet many wonderful people and learn countless lessons about myself and others. I am an avid sports fan, mostly of college football and major league baseball. I also love apple pie, steak, and chocolate milk!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so I never knew different. For a long time, I did everything that goes along with being a member just because I wanted to follow my parents and friends. When I was eight, the time came for me to be baptized. No one pressured me into it, but I did feel a slight expectation from my parents, family, and friends. I studied to learn what baptism meant and what it entailed, and I had an interview with my bishop, who helped me understand the importance. I felt good about the decision, so I was baptized by my father on my eight birthday. I remember how much I'd heard about being clean from my sins when I came out of the water, and I remember feeling vividly that when I stood up, I had left something behind in the water that I didn't want back. Of course I've made mistakes since then, but each time I take the sacrament and repent, I feel in a sense that same clean feeling. I feel that by being a member of the Church, I have a channel through which I can come to know my Savior, Jesus Christ, on a more personal level. I know He knows me, and suffered for my sins. I also know that God is our Father. He knows each of us, and cares for our eternal well-beings. Many times we don't understand why things happen, but as we try to see what we can learn from everything, we come to feel a deep gratitude that Heavenly Father gives us such a plethora of experiences. The good ones help us feel His love and the joy of His creations, and the hard ones teach us about who we are and who we can become. Being a Mormon brings me joy, direction, and peace.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith predominantly by example. I'm far from perfect, but I hope that as others see me and get to know me, they can see and inner light and feel a desire to have it themselves. I've had opportunities to serve others within the church as well as outside of it, and this service has become a part of who I am. My mission was a tremendous opportunity to reach out to people of another country and culture and show them how much Jesus Christ loves them. My current responsibilities allow me to care for two nearby families, visiting them regularly and helping them if they need anything. Performing this service brings me happiness.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Steven
Absolutely not! Much of the service we provide is towards members of our church, so it's easy to see why people might see it that way. However, we strive to serve all those around us! This is evident in the missionary program, as well as welfare and humanitarian programs of the church. We strive to help everyone we can, regardless of religion, culture, or ethnicity. Show more Show less