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Hi I'm Steve.

I'm a student, I'm a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Steve! I'm a 22 year old Australian, just beginning a psychology course at university, after serving a two-year mission for the Church in the Philippines. I've had a bit of work experience in marketing, and enjoy listening to most kinds of music and playing piano/bass guitar. I love to sing, but have been advised to stick with piano instead. I recently became married to a stunning woman from interstate - she was worth the travel, trust me. I have never broken a bone, never needed stitches, and have never eaten Vegemite.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Gospel before I was born, but that doesn't make me a Mormon. I began to search for the truth myself when I was 17 years old, and contemplating serving a full-time mission for the Saviour. I'd never really known for myself if the Church was true back then, but after reading the Book of Mormon and taking the matter to God through prayer, it all just clicked and made sense. Whenever I learn something new about the Gospel, I get excited and things start to make more sense. The Holy Spirit confirms them to me, and that's how I know they're true.

How I live my faith

I work with the youth - being involved in activities, youth conferences, as well as classes and spiritual experiences with kids age 12-17 is really rewarding! I spent a week away for a huge 5 day conference called Especially For Youth (about 700 youth participated!) as a youth conseller, and it was so cool seeing the things they learned and felt having a huge impact on them. It really lifted me up and gave me a new perspective on the word "service".

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Eternal Life, as the scriptures teach, is "the greatest of all the gifts of God" (Doctrine & Covenants 14:7) It is living forever in the presence and glory of God. It differs to "immortality", because we're all receivers of that gift through the resurrection, which is the reuniting of our spirit and a perfect body. To gain eternal life (Mormons sometimes call this "exaltation"), we must have faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ; we must repent of all our sins (includes feeling sorrow, forsaking the sin, making a restitution etc.); we must be baptised by immersion and by the proper authority of God; we must receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; and endure to the end, which means trying hard to keep all the commandments of God, and repenting when we fail. Something I've learned is that you can be a normal person, struggling to keep the Lord's commandments, failing, repenting, trying again and never giving up, and still attain this gift of eternal life. However, we do need to put in an honest effort. Show more Show less