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Hi I'm Steve Miles

I'm a missionary, a brother, a son, a friend. I love to laugh, read, and learn. I'm a mormon.

About Me

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!!!

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.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Steve Miles
Mormons believe in the Bible because we do believe it to be the word of God. It teaches the fundamental truths of the gospel and makes a strong foundation of a testimony of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Steve Miles
The Word of Wisdom is a health code for all who wish to follow it. It advises us on what substances we should take into our body and how they are used. There are five things noted specifically in the Word of Wisdom that all people are counseled to avoid, which are coffee, tobacco, alcohol, tea, and any illegal substance. In return for following this, we are promised specific blessings of both the spirit and the body. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Steve Miles
Family is the basic unit of human life. Family is where we are able to love and grow to the best of our ability. Family is the home of the heart. We do not claim a monopoly of understanding this more than everyone else. We do know that its value is above anything else we can attain in this world. The most important work we will ever do is in our homes. Its because of all the things that happen in the home that it becomes important for us to sustain it. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Steve Miles
A testimony is the knowledge of the truthfulness of principles of the Gospel given through a personal witness from the Holy Spirit. It comes through dedication to and cultivation of living principles that the scriptures teach. Not all people will have the same testimony but the power through which they come is the same. But at the deepest foundation of each testimony is the sure knowledge that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, and that his son Jesus Christ performed an infinite atonement for each one of his children. Everything else in a testimony comes off that fundamental belief. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Steve Miles
Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Steve Miles
We believe that the Bible is true so far as it is translated correctly, and we do believe it to be Holy Scripture and the word of God. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Steve Miles
The activities of Mormon Missionaries is funded by the missionaries themselves. We each pay a couple hundred dollars per month to come out to the areas where we serve and that couple hundred dollars per month is distributed back to us for different expenses such as gas, groceries, clothing, and bill payment. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Steve Miles
The Temples where we come to do work that will bring our families closer together and closer to God in this life and in the eternities. It is also a place where we go...to feel more of our Fathers presence and love. There we learn eternal truths that help us through life. Its a place of purity and of God. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Steve Miles
The church is where we go every week to worship God in a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere. The temple is where we go to feel even closer to our Heavenly Father, worship him, and just do so many things that grow and encourage our faith in him. We also make sacred covenants there and learn more about how we can help ourselves and the people around us find ways to improve our lives. Because of its sacred nature only members of our church who keep themselves worthy through obeying gods commandments can attend. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Steve Miles
Warn your family about it before they've been exposed. The earlier the choice is made not to have anything to do with it the better. It makes it so much easier to say no when that choice comes along. Don't pass it along and don't joke around about it. It is corrosive to your mind and to your relationships. Make the choice today about these things and keep your commitment. Pray about other ways you can help stop the spread of pornography. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Steve Miles
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. But we do revere him as a tool in Gods hands in the restoration of the Fullness of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Steve Miles
Mormon missionaries proselyte namely for two reasons. The first is that we love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Its as simple as that but it leads on to many things. Because we love the Gospel we want to share it with as many people who are willing to listen to it, and help them to understand and love it as well. We find joy in watching people grow their faith in Christ and know that the more we can share the Gospel and the Book of Mormon, the more lives can improve in the world. The second reason is to help us understand our place in Gods Plan for all His children. Because the more we get out of our comfort zone to help others find eternal peace and happiness, the more we see just how beautiful the whole of creation and the plan is and are able to find the place where we can be the best influence for good that we can. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Steve Miles
The Book of Mormon was written by several prophets but the last two who wrote in it, namely Mormon and Moroni, were the editors and finishers of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was led to them and was given power from god to translate them into the book we have today. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Steve Miles
The simplest way to answer this is that it's another testament of Jesus Christ. It is additional proof that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and that God still calls prophets. It acts hand in hand with, and supports everything that the Bible teaches us today. It is scripture. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Steve Miles
Baptism itself is a covenant, a mutual promise with god, in which we promise to strive to live the gospel truths that we know. We also promise to take upon us the name of Christ, to remember the love he has given us and the price he paid for us. As we do so God promises to forgive us of our sins, but as with anything that promise is effective based on our performance. As for the why? Baptism must be administered by one holding the authority to do it. We cant just assume that a spiritual experience says we can do it, we must be "called of god, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof." (A. of F. 5). It also is the gate by which men enter onto the 'strait and narrow path which leads to salvation'. As well as all these, it is a commandment to enter into this covenant, and Christ himself was baptised as well. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Steve Miles
God is our Loving Heavenly Father, and the New Testament tells us that he is the father of our spirits. He is omnipotent and all powerful, the ruler of all creation. As his children his love for us is endless and eternal. Because of that love he gave us a body that is similar to his, but His body is immortal. A glorified and perfected body with characteristics we cannot describe with mere words. He answers our prayers and continuously invites us to come to know him better through the scriptures. He wants us to understand our relationship with him, and thus he blesses us. Show more Show less