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Hi I'm Stephen

I like old stuff, sunshine, and smiling. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm taking a break from my college studies in languages to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, but didn't gain a testimony of it's truthfulness until I was 20. I'd always felt restricted by the all of the rules and requirements, and just wanted to be free to do my own thing. Over time, I discovered that I was free to make whatever choices I may, but I was never free to choose my consequences. Gradually I began to realize that my choices had made me less free than I was before. At last, in the darkness and loneliness of one who had rejected his faith, I reached out, hoping that God would be there to lift me out of the pit I'd dug for myself. Healing was slow, painful. At times I despaired, wondering if God had forsaken me as I had Him. But I learned that the Lord forgives. He is merciful. All he asks is a "broken heart and a contrite spirit," and the willingness to change. Today, I am a missionary.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary. My job is to find people who are searching for answers to life's questions, and to teach them about Jesus Christ's restored gospel. I talk to people on the street, on their doorsteps, in their homes, everywhere. I invite them to read the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and to ask God if the book is true. I know that "those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of it's truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." I know that "those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by that same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah." Book of Mormon, Intro.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Stephen
God is just and fair. He gives everyone the opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ through baptism. There are many people who have lived on the earth that never had that chance in life. When Mormons perform baptisms for the dead in Holy Temples, they "stand in" or are baptized in behalf of those who have passed on. We do this because being baptized requires having a physical body, and the dead currently exist in a spiritual state. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
The Book of Mormon is a witness to Jesus Christ's reality and divinity. It is an ancient record comparable to the Bible, written by prophets. The Book begins with an account of the prophet Lehi and his family, who lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to leave Jerusalem and travel to a "promised land" on what is now the American continent. Lehi's descendants became a great civilization. After Lehi, God called other prophets to teach the people. These prophets recorded spiritual truths and also a secular history of the people. The book is named for Mormon, and just as an anthology today may be attributed to a specific editor, so too this "abbridgement" of other prophets' writings bears Mormon's name. These prophets knew God's plan for His children, and prophesied of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less