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Hi I'm Steven

I love my new life, my friends and family, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My name is Steven or Steve (not really picky). I grew up in Utah and was baptized at the standard age of 8 into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Not ever being active after baptism my life began to change. Life has many up's and down's and I most certainly preferred the up's. With many different misfortunes in my life I felt like my life was not really worth living. I struggled often with many difficulties that I didn't feel that I could bear. Which initiated my own Search for Happiness. I became a seeker for happiness and what I sadly found within the World was many more problems and trials. I found that what the World considered "fun" as well as "happiness" was well short of my expectations. In this search I found short term happiness and noticed I had to do it constantly to get some sort of high. Looking back I realized it only masked the problems not really helping anyone more especially myself. Bearing the thought of finding happiness in religion scared me, since the whole time I blamed God for all my problems. It wasn't until I decided to serve a mission that in my pursuit I found my happiness. Returning to my old roots I wanted to know if God existed. Growing up not being a religious person made the beginning of my mission very difficult, but holding strong my reward was so much more than anticipated upon completion. I'm grateful for Christ's Church once again restored to the Earth to know of Christ's Eternal Atonement and how it applies to my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I recieved an answer to my prayers that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true and that it is Christ's church once again restored from the apostasy (loss of authority) prophesied and spoken of after Christ's death. Restored in the most crucial of times in these latter days by a prophet named Joseph Smith. A man called as a prophet of God just as in times of old to restore all things unto us, God's children, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving those around me, by showing brotherly kindness to all my brothers and sisters, following the commandments, serving a full time mission, fulfilling all of my duties in the church, and anything else God would have me do, and I do it for God and his son our Lord our Savior, Jesus Christ. "If ye love me keep my commandments." "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Steven
This is a great question that I personally gained a strong testimony of. The answer is yes! My family divorced in my early teen years and at the time felt as though my family would never be together again. I often wondered why God would do this to me? That his timing could have been a lot better. Since on my mission I have found the truthfullness in Christ's Eternal plan of happiness. As I attended the temple for the first time, in preparation for my mission, I felt a greater love from God that I can't describe with words and only comes through experience. That even though some choices were made out of my means of changing them; my family would still be together forever. Sometimes we don't fully understand everything that God has in store for us, but he is God and knows everything perfectly so who else better to trust than Him. Families can be together forever. We are blessed with families in this life and are to carry on those relationships after it! It is a promise to all those who follow Christ and keep his commandments faithfully! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Steven
We as Latter Day Saints choose to live a higher law of health. Something I wish I could have more fully followed and understood. We as Mormons believe in the Word of Wisdom. Which prohibits 1.Alcohol 2.Coffee 3.Tea 4.Illegal Drugs 5.Tobacco These five things we have been told be a prophet of God. Prophets allow us to know the will of God and do those things that would best bless and profit us. As modern day prophets as well as prophets in the past have taught that the Word of Wisdom is key to our Salvation. As were told by Paul in 1Cor 3 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." We all know that the five things listed about are bad and destructive and if you don't believe the scriptures, ask a doctor. Or simply look at someone who has been addicted to them all their life. Now I'm not judging because I've been there and done that. But I am so thankful that I found the Gospel when I did and saved me from these frankly pathetic habits now found common in society and culture. I also want to say that I don't think people will go to Hell for taking part in these substances. But what I do know is that the first law in Heaven is obedience and if we are not willing to submit our will to God here why would he trust us hereafter? "There in lies happiness brother." Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Steven
It is important due to the fact that God does not want any unauthorized sacred ordinances, such as baptism, to be performed without his say. Otherwise everyone could just go out and be baptized by anyone without having any meaning or significance which would make it a mockery before God. A good example is when Christ was baptized. He didn't just tell anyone to baptize him. He went to John the Baptist that through his lineage had the Priesthood authority at that specific time. Christ walked to Jordan to be baptized of him, which was not in the slightest bit a simple walk around the block to be baptized! Why did Christ need to be baptized then? As he told John upon his appearance that it was to "fulfill all rightousness" or in other words to be obedient in following the will of His Father. If he being holy had need to be baptized oh then how much more do we need to be baptized by somone holding the proper Priesthood if we are unholy? Show more Show less