Hi I'm Steve Miles
Hi! I'm from Utah and serving a mission in the West Virginia, Charleston Mission currently. I am addicted to reading, mainly Young Adult/Adult fantasy series or novels. My current favorite authors would be Patrick Rothfuss, David and Leigh Eddings, and Tamora Pierce. I also love to play a good game of Basketball with the people around me. My personal belief is that everyone has had their good and bad experiences in life. Whenever someone does something that offends me I stop and think it over, because I don't know how they were raised or how their life has gone, so just smile and shake it off. Love them as they should be loved, as a Child of our Heavenly Father.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised mormon and found happiness and a sense of peace and security in it that always felt more...good and right than what I saw in other people around me. But I never really found my testimony in the Gospel until I got my call to serve for two years in West Virginia. At that time, and even now, I started to earnestly study out the Book of Mormon on my own time and in my own fashion. I tested the words and principles found in it and discovered or uncovered the seed of faith thats spoken of in Alma 32 that had been planted in me when I was 8 and was still...in awe, if you will, of the different things and diversity I found all around me. Its been growing ever since that time and I've continued to nourish it with my own faith and hope in Christ. I have a testimony of our church and love it with all my heart. I love the Lord and love being in his service!!!
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is the way I find out just how much my Father in Heaven cares for me and for finding my own personal answers to questions I may have. Its my personal spiritual telephone with a direct connection to Him, and the more I put my heart into it the more I value and understand just how important it is to me. Its...the best way to know, value, and appreciate yourself, God, and all his creations.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Definitely communication, whether its with the ones I'm living with or with my Heavenly Father through prayer. Communication lays open those areas that may become threatening to a good relationship. Regularly opening up or just having a discussion about something that is bothering you will do three things. They will invite a portion of the Spirit into your hearts. It will also give you a sense of calm, of refreshing that will sustain you in hard times for a time. And it will improve the atmosphere of your countenance. That and making sure you are living the gospel makes it the best kind of therapy you can have in your home.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
My prayers have been answered in feelings for the most part. Usually its comfort or an increased feeling of peace and patience with those I'm around. Sometimes though it'll be through the still small voice of the Holy Ghost, giving me direction to a place that I can have an influence for good. The feeling is always the same for me though, and its always that I am part of something magnificent and bigger than myself. And I know it.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Because its building on a foundation. When you make a choice, whether right or wrong, it becomes easier to make the same decision again. You are building on a foundation of having done it before every time you make a choice.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
In many ways. In my ordinary day life, it helps me remember that I have the choice to do the right thing. In my personal time it helps me find the calm mind that works through problems easier. And most importantly in my every day spiritual life it helps me remember his council and what he wants me to do. It makes God all that much closer to me and helps me feel...not alone. I can literally feel his love. It can do the same for you.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
Usually the things I act upon are...feelings. Usually ones that are small but catch my attention and prompt me to action. Though I cannot see the end result I do know from personal experience and other things that when I do follow these promptings that they help improve my life and lives of those around me. I never know how they do, however, until the end result is right now or right behind me. My faith leads me to do them because I know they are inherently good.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
How can I start? I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that through him the fulness of the Lords Church has been reestablished on the earth. I know that through him the Book of Mormon was translated and through the Book of Mormon that all men who choose to believe and gain a witness will know these things as well. I know that the Spirit has confirmed to people all over the earth that the Book of Mormon is true and know that the Spirit will continue to confirm this knowledge into the hearts of those who seek it until the second coming of Jesus Christ. I know that this Church contains the fulness of truth because of these things. And I know all these things because of my experiences and my testimony and a hundred other things that I have experienced in my time here on earth. I feel this way and so do over 14 million other people. Find a Book of Mormon, pray about it, ponder its words and your feelings, and act on what comes. I know that you will find truth in your answer.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is a belief or desire to believe that something that is to come is good and true. I hope for people to come closer to our Heavenly Father, and my faith helps sustain that hope. I hope for many other good things and because of my faith backing that hope and my hope helping my faith I know that these things will come and that it will be for good. Also look at Moroni 7:40-42, and it will explain a little further.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon has many prophets who speak on the purpose of life, and through their teachings and my personal prayer I have found that we all have a purpose on this beautiful earth. In my personal studies I have found it to speak louder in my heart about specific points of it that help the idea to become more solid in my mind and heart.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I think just about all of them have but the ones who have influenced me even more have been related to our free agency. We always have the ability to choose, whether its to reading the scriptures, getting angry at a friend or family member, anything. We always have the final say in our decisions and almost always we know what the right choice is. We merely have to make it.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
In so many ways that I cannot count. In comparison let me ask you how your parents, family, or best friend has helped you. If you can count that high you're not thinking deep enough. But right now one way I have felt it is in my mind. Whenever I'm reading the Book of Mormon or the Bible sometimes I'll run across a principle that I've read about in so many contexts and ways that I'll stop for a second and just think about that one principle of Christ's Gospel and ask myself, Do I believe this? Almost every single time I have asked this a small small voice comes up in the back of my mind and says 'Yes, I do' and every time that happens a sense of truth is just there in me. That is the Holy Ghost and without it I could never have learned and loved as much as I have today.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by doing my best to learn more about the scriptures and make them a part of me. I also follow the commandments to the best of my ability and do my best to make my father in heaven proud of me. I also have devoted 2 years of my life to serving the lord and helping others come unto him and receive his restored gospel. I'm also continually trying to improve myself, a testing of different parts of what I learn if you will, and try to find the why's and how's of different things. When I find these things out by myself it increases my feelings of conversion and helps me to have faith in other aspects of my life. In my current area of service, and everywhere I'll be for the next 2 years, I and my companion work and teach with a lot of people who don't fully understand the gospel and want to learn more about it.