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Hi I'm Stephen

I've lived in the US, the Near East, and Ghana. I'm a medical student, a stained glass window maker, and a cook. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a third year medical student, hoping and planning to become a pediatric cardiologist. I love working with people, and find great satisfaction in helping people find physical healing. Prior to medical school, I attended BYU and got a degree in Biology. During my time at BYU, I was able to do a summer medical mission and research trip to Ghana. Doing humanitarian medical work has been a lifelong goal for me, and I was excited to make some contacts to open up doors further down the road. I love the people of Ghana, with their warm smiles and genuine goodness. I learned so much about them and about myself over the course of that summer. I'm planning on going back in a year, and I'm looking forward to it. During my time at BYU, I was also blessed to be able to go to Palestine and Israel to study the religious, cultural, and historical background of that amazing region. I will never forget the sacred feelings I had at the traditional sites of Gethsemane, Calvary, and the Garden Tomb. While I love to travel, I usually don't get to, and know I've been blessed to be able to do so. When I'm not traveling, I love to read, ski, cook new dishes, go to concerts, hike, visit museum and gardens, and build stained glass windows. While I don't have a family of my own yet, I hope to in the not too distant future!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with three awesome brothers and a pair of incredible parents. I loved my childhood, and cherish many great memories from it. Like all families, mine wasn't perfect, but we had a ton of fun together, and did the best we could at supporting one another and building each other up. My parents are both members of the Church, and while allowing us to make our own decisions, they did all they could to raise us with the truth that they had. Of course, throughout my youth, many people challenged my beliefs, and the more questions they presented, the more answers I was able to discover about my faith. A few years ago, I served a mission for the Church in southern Georgia. My faith in my Savior Jesus Christ continued to grow as I saw faithful Christians from many denominations live good lives and raise strong, faith-filled families. My belief in the Restoration of the Gospel and truthfulness of the Church also increased as I saw many of these great Christians face hard situations that produced questions that they could not find answers to, but that I had learned as a child. God does have answers for our questions, especially the ones from the heart. Above all, and throughout my life, I have had experience after experience where a peace that could only come from God has spoken to my soul that this truly is the Lord's work and His Church. This convicting feeling has come during Church services, while reading the scriptures, while praying, and while being and seeing others be baptized. Feeling such a peaceful flood of light in my soul is refreshing and surprisingly beautiful each and every time.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith is something I chose to do everyday. I start each morning off with a prayer, shortly after waking up and getting my blood going. I thank Him for His goodness to me, and I ask Him to help me with my endeavors and to direct my path for my benefit and so that I may help Him serve His children. I try to always listen to His Spirit—that little voice inside that's always right, even when it's not convenient. Each day, I read at least a few verses of scripture, from the Bible or from the Book of Mormon. Usually, what I read helps remind me to live as Jesus lived and to do the best I can with what I have. At the end of each day, I report the Lord and again ask for His guidance and support. In my congregation, I am one of the Sunday School teachers. I rotate with other teachers, so every three weeks, I get to teach a lesson out of the New Testament to our college student class. I love being able to study the material in preparation for the class, and I love the insights that the class members share as I teach. I feel I've been given a gift with my teaching, and I try to honor God for that gift by using it well. Central to my faith is following Christ's example and serving others. While school sometimes is too busy to allow me to do so, I try to get to the local homeless shelter a few times a month to serve dinner. My medical school operates a free health clinic at the shelter, and I try to participate with that too. Once a month, there is a dinner for the single, college-aged men and women in our region, and I often help with that. Another key part of my faith is the importance of my family. I try to be a good son and brother. Building and maintaining my relationships with my family has had great spiritual dividends. There's quite a bit to living my faith, but it brings me so much joy, I couldn't live life any other way.