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Hi I'm Stephen

I love nature, I love culture, I love to learn, I live to laugh and to make others smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the environment, culture, history, music, film, literature, comedy in general, politics (from a somewhat independent perspective), and food. I love helping people who suffer, particularly those with emotional trials which are not easily discerned with our eyes alone. I will figure out college when I return from my mission. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I was not an active member for the majority of my teenage years. I read my scriptures and prayed, but I rarely attended church. As I have returned to church and served my mission, I have found greater blessings than I ever found without the Church in my life. My life has brought its share of challenges, but they have helped me to learn more about myself than I ever would have if I had never faced them. Faith in Jesus Christ and hope in His power to forgive me and help me when I sin or am weak has allowed me to push through so many hard times, and has translated my suffering into meaningful experience.

How I live my faith

At the moment, I am a full-time missionary for the Church. This is a sacrifice of two years of my life, but it has helped me understand what I can accomplish as a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is the most challenging two years of my life, but I do believe it is teaching me more discipline and desire to be the best that I can be than I could find in any other endeavor. I have always studied the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but applying them in my life is a more difficult task than simply reading or memorizing, a task which I strive to achieve more and more every day. As I work to be the best that I can be, to do the best that I can do, I can see God's hand in my life, granting me the grace which I need to overcome my weaknesses. When I give up, become too comfortable or casual, or focus less on serving God, I see his hand less in my life. Still, God is a patient and loving father in heaven, and he helps me when I choose to be helped by him. I always seek to learn everything that I can. I haven't always been particularly disciplined, but I have always craved knowledge and wisdom. As I am learning more discipline in my life, I am finding far more of that which I have always wanted, and I thank God for it.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Stephen
This life is extremely difficult. Nobody gets throughout without some degree of help. Without a Savior, we would be abandoned to the consequences of guilt, shame, weakness, and death with no hope of ever being free. Family, friends, governments, churches, counselors - all of these things help us enormously in our lives, but they do not, and cannot solve all of our problems. When we do something wrong, we feel guilty. We can learn from our mistakes, or we can continue making the same mistakes. We all have challenges unique to us - weaknesses, impediments, inclinations and so forth. If we don't have hope of overcoming these things, they can crush us. These things are all part of Heavenly Father's plan, however. He has prepared a means for us to obtain help from him, through our faith in his son, Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Christ suffered all that we have suffered, he knows exactly what comfort we need, and he is willing to grant us help if we will follow him. This help is what we call grace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephen
We all have challenges unique to us - weaknesses, impediments, inclinations and so forth. If we don't have hope of overcoming these things, they can crush us. These things are all part of Heavenly Father's plan, however. He has prepared a means for us to obtain help from him, through our faith in his son, Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Christ suffered all that we have suffered, he knows exactly what comfort we need, and he is willing to grant us help if we will follow him. This help is what we call grace. Show more Show less