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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a musician and a producer. I'm half Japanese. I grew up in Chicago...and yup. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Japan and moved to Hawaii when I was 4. From there, I moved to Chicago when I was 9. Music is what keeps me going. I play more than 10 instruments as well as sing. I self-produce records. I've also been involved in theatre. One of my favorite things in the world is being on stage performing. I attend university, but am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith, but I do not believe that faith or belief can be inherited. You can be taught well, and have had good examples, but you need to find out for yourself. I didn't truly know the Church was true until I was graduating high school. Up until that point, I thought it was true, and believed in the things it taught, but didn't have a firm witness of it. I finally decided to study and pray for myself to know whether or not the Church was true. After much study and prayer, I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that this was the Lord's church, that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. That witness is something that no person can take away. At that point I decided I was going to commit to this 100% percent and began to become the person I knew my Heavenly Father wanted me to be.

How I live my faith

Currently, I serve as a full-time missionary, meaning I've dedicated 2 years to serving 24/7 as a representative of the Church. I invite people to come unto Christ, through: faith in Him and in His sacrifice and suffering, repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Before my mission, I've served in various positions such as president of my scripture study class, part time organist for my congregation, and various other coordinating positions.

Are Mormons Christians?

Stephen
Something of heavy debate in the religious world is the question of: are Mormons Christians? It depends on your definition of a Christian. The dictionary's definition of Christian is someone who follows the teachings of Christ and accepts The Bible as scripture. That is 100% correct and how we say that we are in fact Christians. We definitely believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and accept the Bible as scripture. Some religious organizations, however, believe that to be called a Christian; you need to believe in doctrine contained in the Nicene Creed, which was developed hundreds years after the time of Christ. We do not believe in the Nicene Creed and that is why many people do not feel that we are Christian. As far as we are concerned, however, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are indeed Christians. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
The Book of Mormon is comparable to The Bible in that it is a collection of writings of ancient prophets. The key difference is that The Bible was written by the prophets of the Old World in and around Israel, and The Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the New World in the Americas. The Book of Mormon prophets wrote down their teachings and dealings with God down on plates of metal. These plates were handed down from prophet to prophet, and finally a prophet named Mormon was in possession of the vast collection of plates. Mormon took these plates and condensed them into a smaller volume. This is why the book's title is the Book of Mormon, as he is responsible for the writings being contained in one book. Many people outside of the Church think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, but that is a false statement. Joseph Smith received the book of plates and translated them through the power of God. Show more Show less