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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a missionary, a gamer, a lover of people, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hi I'm Stephen, I was born and raised in Alaska and have lived there my whole life. So it would be easy to assume that I love fishing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, snowboarding, skim boarding, etc. Believe it or not, in my hometown we have more than 90 miles of sandy beaches and the conditions are perfect for skim boarding! I love all sports, but basketball holds a special place in my heart, my freshmen year we won State for Alaska Basketball! I'm also known for my extreme passion of video games, weekends usually consist of playing video games all night and going on facebook! My favorites are Smash Bros, Zelda, and Halo, but I like just about any video game. I am also serving my mission right now in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission and loving it so much! The Gospel has made a huge difference in my life. I was heading in a direction that could have easily turned out deadly, but God had something else in store for me and I'm glad He cares and loves me so much. He never gave up on me, not once! And because of that, now I can go and show other people that He will NEVER give up on them either! That is not only my mission here in New Hampshire, but my mission for the rest of my life

Why I am a Mormon

I use to be with many other faiths and I could remember at the age of 13 wondering about religion. My Dad's side of the family have been members for awhile, but my Mom's side of the family were all kind of scattered. When my Mom and Dad got divorced it really changed things and made things more confusing then they already were. I can remember specifically walking back into the LDS church one Sunday and having this feeling of immeasurable comfort. I literally felt like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were welcoming me back to the church. Ever since that moment I knew the LDS church is where I wanted to be. There have been many, many interesting circumstances that have lead me to actually serving a mission, the kind of circumstances that when you look back, you say to yourself, "Someone has to be looking after me, for sequences like that to happen over and over again. That's not just a coincidence, that's love." So I guess in short, I'm a Mormon because God has helped me to become one, I have been made a better person, a better son, a better brother, a better friend, and above all, a better follower of Christ. The best thing about that is, if I continue to strive to follow Christ, I can keep improving because I am by no means perfect, AT ALL. Far from it in fact, but that is what brings me comfort, to know that Christ doesn't look at what I am now, He looks at what I can become.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by doing what Christ has commanded us to do. I am serving a full time mission, telling everyone else about His infinite love for them and how much hope there really is. I live my faith by helping other whenever I possibly can, whether it be financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. I try and do things that I could see my Savior doing, He would never turn His cheek on anyone. I live my faith by not touching any alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, or illegal drugs. I live my faith by continuing to go to church and showing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that They are number one in my life. Lastly, but most importantly, I live my faith by always being faithful. 

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Stephen
This is one of the most beautiful points of the doctrine. We believe that after we die we arrive at a place called the Spirit World. Here we do not have our bodies because we are waiting for the resurrection. It is also here where everyone who did not have the chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will now have the chance! After being taught the Gospel they have the opportunity to accept or reject it. If they accept it and follow through with all that Christ asked of them then they will have the opportunity to live in God's presence for eternity with everyone that they love. Those who accept the Gospel, but don't do everything that Christ asks will end up in the Terrestial Kingdom, which isn't as good as the Celestial Kingdom, but is decent. Then there are those who accept the Gospel, but don't do anything that Christ asks of them and they go to the Telestial Kingdom, which is an okay kingdom, but no where near as good as the Celestial Kingdom.  Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
 The ancient inhabitants of the Americas wrote the Book of Mormon on brass and gold plates. They were choice men chosen by God to be prophets, seers, and revelators and were told the things they should write on the plates. They prophisied at the same time as the prophets in the Middle East. Joseph Smith was led to the plates by the angel Moroni in 1823 and by 1830 the first copy was published. Today The Book of Mormon is available in 83 languages and parts of it are available in 25 more languages! Even if your language doesn't have a written form, the church has the audio form in stock, so grab a copy and find for yourself if it's true.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Stephen
We perform baptisms for the dead because we believe that our ancestors, when they pass away, go to the Spirit World, here they will be able to hear the Gospel and accept it or deny it. God has always allowed us to use our agency. If they accept it then they will need some way of being baptized and the only way for that to happen is if we vicariously perform the baptism for them. We don't literally take their bodies and baptize it, we do it viacriously and they can accept it or reject it in the Spirit World. Depending on whether they accept or reject will determine where their final resting place will be. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephen
The Doctrine of Grace is a beautiful doctrine that, over the years, has been changed around from what Christ originally taught. Yes, it is true that it is from His graced that we will be saved, but we can only be saved after we have done everything we can. It's great when you accept the Lord as your Savior, but that's not enough, it was Christ Himself who taught, "by their fruits you shall know them" --Matthew 7 20. It is by our fruits, or what we do and how we act that Christ will know if we followed Him and if we are worthy to be in His Father's presence. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Stephen
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. The Godhead is made up of God our Heavenly Father, God, Jesus Christ, and God, the Holy Ghost. They are three seperate distinct Beings, as the Bible tells us so. The Holy Ghost has the special task of giving of feelings of comfort, peace, joy, and love when something is true. He will always warn us before we make a wrong decision, I guess you can say He's our conscience  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Stephen
First off, eternal life is the greatest gift God can give us. To be able to live in His presence for eternity along with those that we love and adore is the single most greatest thing that could happen to us. Imagine the happiest moment you have ever had in your life, once you have that pictured, imagine something that is even better. Once you have imagined something even better, now picture something that is even better! That is how it will be when we are with God, every moment we are with Him will get better and better and better! We will be in a continuous cycle of progressing joy and that is something that I am looking forward to.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Stephen
Mormon missionaries proselyte because they have felt the love and impact of the Gospel in their life because they have felt of it's goodness they want to share it with others. That is why they pay a good sum of money to go and serve a mission, that is why I am serving a mission! This Gospel has saved my life several times and I know there are people out there that need to know that God loves them and wants what's best for them. So I go out and tell everyone there is always hope for them and that they are not alone.  Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Stephen
You can come to know that Mormonism is true the same way that I came to know it was true. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed with all of my heart if it was true and I received an answer. I knew it was true because everyone that I have met that is in the Church has been so nice to me and I knew that if Christ were here today that is how He would treat me. As said in Matthew 7 20, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Ponder that and you'll see what I mean.  Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Stephen
We have 12 Apostles because Jesus Christ established 12 Apostles and Hebrews 13 8 states, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever." Our Lord is unchanging and if He had Apostles then, then He will have them in His church today. I dont think it says anywhere in the Bible that Apostles were only meant for the Primitive Church. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Stephen
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name for the salvation of His children. Jesus Christ ordained the apostles with this priesthood and Joseph Smith restored this same priesthood to the earth once more. As a priesthood holder myself I look for opportunities to serve my fellow brothers and sisters and help bless the sick and afflicted just as Christ did in primitive times. Every worthy male of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may receive the priesthood and use it to perform such ordinances as baptism, blessing and passing the sacrament, and more sacred ones such as sealing families for eternity. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Stephen
When missionaries come to your house they will talk about how God is speaking to His children once more though a prophet today and that He has revealed eternal truths, such as eternal families, the spirit world, word of wisdom, and most importantly, His priesthood! The same priesthood that Christ Himself used to ordain the 12 Apostles and perform miracles is back on the earth. With it, we can perform all of the saving ordinances we need for eternal salvation. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
It is true. Every Native American tribe has some kind of story about how an ancient being came down and visited their people. The Aztecs believed in a being named Quetzacoatl and my people the Tlingit tribe in Alaska believe in a deity named Yeil. Both of which are a symbol of death, resurrection, and sacrifice. From the Book of Mormon and the Bible we find that Christ is also known for His death, resurrection, and most importantly, His sacrifice. These similarities are simply too intriguing to ignore, so I would encourage you to read the Book of Mormon, specifically 3 Nephi chapter 11 and then ask God if what the Book of Mormon is saying is true. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Stephen
Maybe the better question to ask is why isn't it important to everyone? Why are there so many broken families? Why do we have so many children raising themselves these days? Why is the divorce rate so high? How come people don't keep the commandments of God and refrain from sexual intercourse before marriage? Why do people think that Mormons are weird for believing in eternal marriage? Is that not a beautiful doctrine? Does it not fill the heart and soul with hope, love, and sacred anticipation? Maybe these are better questions to ask yourself. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Stephen
Woman don't have the priesthood because that is how God has ordered it to be, they have a different calling, there calling is just as sacred as ours (priesthood bearers) it's just in a different realm. They nurture and care for the children and raise them in righteousness, any one who thinks that Mormons treat woman with disrespect needs to be pointed to the Book of Mormon and more specifically, the book of Alma within it. There you will read about a group of young men who changed the ENTIRE swing of a battle and they testified it was because of the teachings they received from their mothers. Woman are valuable and it is because of the selfless service of the woman that the church is where it is today. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Stephen
We are asked to donate 10% of our income to the church because of several different commandments. If you freely give of your money you are showing that you do not worship your money (Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image) and that God is number one in your life (Worship the Lord thy God). There is also a promise given to us that if we are faithful and donate our tithe money we will blessed beyond comprehension. The money we donate goes towards various things, my personal favorites being, Humanitarian Aid, Perpetual education, and supporting full-time missionaries. The Lord asks us to try Him, just try paying your tithing and see how many blessings you will receive. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Stephen
We definitely regard the Bible as Holy Scripture! If it weren't for the Bible Joseph Smith would have never had the vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and all of the blessings we now enjoy today would not be available. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as long as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and when coupled with the Holy Bible you have a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ and His direct Sonship to the Eternal Father. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Stephen
The proper authority to perform baptism is important for the same reason why having the proper authority to give a speeding ticket is important or why judges are given the authority to do what they do. If any old joe were to give out speeding tickets or start sending people to jail for no reason than there would be so much chaos! Any knowledge of what we use to know was good and true would be completely lost and there would only be total confusion and misunderstanding. This is what happened after Christ was crucified and the authority to perform baptisms was taken from the earth, this authority is called the priesthood. When people realized the priesthood was taken they tried desperately to gather together anything they could and tried there very best to put a church together. However, without the proper authority they couldn't and didn't bring together all of the correct teachings of Christ. Today we do have the proper authority and with it we can perform baptisms and give the gift of the Holy Ghost. This authority lives in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Stephen
There are absolutely no restrictions as to race, color, shape, size, or weight as to who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. God loves all of His children and He wants as many of us as possible to return to live with Him. There are times when we make mistakes and because of that we distance ourselves from God and some punishments need to take place in order for justice to be satisfied, but we are to AWLAYS remember that Christ's atonement, like the church, is open to everyone! Everyone can repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. This is what our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want of us, all of us, that is why the church is open to anyone. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Stephen
Our holy temples allow us to feel a stronger connection with Heavenly Father and also our deceased ancestors. In the temple we make sacred, not secret, covenants (or promises) to God and our Savior and in turn they endow us with power and promises of eternal progression with the ones we love and with our Eternal Father in heaven. Some people have harsh feelings towards the temple because they are not allowed in them, however, they fail to see how truly important these temples mean to us latter-day saints. It's not because we're being snobby, or want to make ourselves feel better, everyone must understand that not even all latter-day saints can enter into our holy temples! They must show forth a substancial amount of faith and be of good standing with the church because we believe that the very presence of God dwells in the temple, not his physical presence, but a hightened sense of His Spirit resides there and anyone who wishes to enter and feel such a wonderful and sanctified Spirit may do so. All they need to do is meet with one of our full-time missionaries and be taught the lessons that they need to understand the temple more fully. As they do so they will feel the Spirit of the Lord and it will testify to them the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel. Before they know it they too will be members of the church who hold a good standing in the church and will be worthy of stepping into one of the Temples of our God. 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?

Stephen
The law of health that we uphold as revelation from God is known as the Word of Wisdom and gives a perfect law of how to keep our bodies clean and pure. Without even thinking of scripture or spiritual things lets take a look at tobacco and alcohol in a "black and white" sense. Are they good or are they bad? Do they cause death and seperate families? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? When you look at these things in a black and white sense you see that they really aren't that good of a thing to keep around. Substances such as tea and coffee take a little more faith. Keep this in mind, when the Word of Wisdom first came out people actually thought that smoking was good for you! Now look at it today, could it be that the Lord knows a little more about tea and coffee than we do? Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Stephen
I think the easiest way to answer this question is to say that EVERYTHING shows me there is a God. My parents, my siblings, my dog, my yard, the plants in my yard, the organisms that the plant is made of, the soil that the plant turns into beneficial energy. The rocks that the soil makes up and even the giant buildings that we have that are made up of those rocks, which are made up of minerals, which are made up of elements, and the list goes on. When you look at a building you say to yourself, "Wow, someone made that, someone actually designed and created that building." But for some reason when we see a human or an animal we say, "Wow, that must have evolved from like a monkey or maybe even a single cell organism, it couldn't have possibly been created or designed by an intelligent being." All things denote that there is a God, the Empire State Building didn't build itself, in like manner, we, as the human race, didn't "just happen". We were created by a loving God, even a loving Heavenly Parent who wants us to enjoy life and return to live with Him someday. Show more Show less