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Hi I'm Steven

I was born in Arizona. I was a missionary in North Carolina. Now I am a full-time student working part time. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am the oldest child in a good family who taught me good values. I love swimming for exercise, for competition, and just for fun. I also enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. I also enjoy woodcarving and building or fixing things. I am an Eagle Scout. I like to practice the piano and the organ. My Mom taught us at home until I went to a community college where I got an associates degree. I served as a full-time missionary in North Carolina to share the gospel with those who want to come closer to Jesus Christ. Serving as a missionary was perhaps the best time of my life. Now, I am a full time student, and work part time driving. The most important thing in my life is my relationship with God. It affects every part of my life every day of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I received a witness that it is true. As I continue to study and try to do what God want's me to do, I continue to learn more ways God shows his love for me. I know from experience that doing what God wants me to do is the thing that brings me the most happiness. It brings peace in difficult times. I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself that it is Christ's true restored church on the earth today with a living prophet who was called by God to teach us what we need. I'm a Mormon because I know it is true, and I know that nothing else can bring me the same happiness that the fullness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings to my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the best I can to be a true diciple of Jesus Christ by putting God first in my life. I show my love for Jesus Christ by following his commandments and his example. I serve others by trying to follow Christ's example which is to serve and love others and to be a true friend. I participate in service opportunities at church, and look for other ways I can serve in my community. I try to be generous and kind, and try to follow the example Jesus Christ set to serve those in need. I give my best effort when God wants me to serve in his church to teach the children, help people with genealogy, share the gospel, be a missionary, or whatever it is that God wants me to do. I know I'm not perfect at doing any of these things, but I give it my best effort and rely on the Lord to help me become better.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Steven
Jesus Christ is the only way we can return to live in God's presence. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, we can be saved. The atonement of Jesus Christ is for everyone. To be saved by grace, we must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and repent of our sins. When we repent, we turn from our sins and try not to sin any more. We try to keep God's commandments and do what God wants us to do. Good works keeping God's commandments are evidence that we have truly accepted Jesus Christ and are saved by the grace of the atonement. To truly accept Jesus Christ be saved by His grace, we must follow Jesus Christ in our words and actions. We are saved by grace by repenting which means to turn away from sin and follow Jesus Christ. True repentance and good works go hand in hand, but no amount of good works will cleanse us from our sins. We must repent to be cleansed from our sins. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Steven
Baptism is a covenant which is a two way promise with God. We promise to God that we will keep his commandments and repent, and in return, God promises to give us blessings according to our faithfulness. We are free to make promises to God. Because God does not ordinarily come in person to make promises to us (so we can walk by faith), he gives his servants authority to act in his name to baptize. Throughout time, God has given this authority to his servants such as prophets, apostles, priests, and so forth. When someone with the priesthood (authority from God) uses his authority in accordance with God's will, for example to baptize, God recognizes that baptism because it was with his permission. Baptism is also the way we become part of Christ's Church. Authority is important because one must have God's authority in order to baptize someone into Christ's church. Baptized members must keep their baptismal covenant or promise (including keeping the commandments and repenting of sin) in order to remain worthy of salvation. Jesus Christ gave that authority to his twelve apostles, but after they were killed, that authority was lost from the earth. God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet to restore the fullness of Christ's gospel to the earth. As part of the restoration of the gospel, the authority to baptize was also restored to the earth. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Steven
We are encouraged to be good citizens by being involved in our community and voting according to our personal decision on what we individually think is best. Ordinarily, it would be natural for a person to vote according to what they believe, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not council its members on how they should vote. God has given us the freedom to choose what we do with our lives. We are also given the freedom to vote for ourselves. The Book of Mormon simply teaches that when a community or nation as a whole follows God, they will be blessed. If not we must suffer the natural consequences. As any good person would, we hope for peace and goodwill for our friends, neighbors, and community. We vote according to what we personally believe is best for ourselves and others. Show more Show less

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

Steven
The purpose of a missionary is to invite others to come to Christ. They teach with a sincere care for those they meet. They strive to help people understand how following God's plan will help them to have a happier life. The message of the restored gospel is important because through a living prophet, we can learn more about God's plan for us and find more happiness. They allow people the opportunity to hear the gospel, and pray to ask God if it is true. The missionaries will also do their best to answer any sincere questions you may have. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Steven
The Book of Mormon was written by prophets just as the Bible was. It was also written in nearly the same time period as the Bible. Because both come from God, they both teach the same doctrine and both testify that Jesus is the Christ. We believe both the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. One of the main differences is that the events in the Book of Mormon took place on the American continent whereas the Bible took place in and around Jerusalem. God the Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and called him to be a prophet. An angel named Moroni also appeared to Joseph Smith and showed him where the "gold plates" were. Despite his third grade education, he was given the power to translate this ancient record from the "gold plates" to English as "The Book of Mormon." If the Book of Mormon is scripture, it is evidence that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christs true restored church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Steven
There are many definitions for the word "cult" and it's variations. To me, it is a derogatory name attached to any group of people whose practices seem unusual. Often, others use the word “cult” to dismiss something as false even though they know little about it. Another reason other's might call Mormons a cult could be because many of us are valiant in our faith. Many members of our church sacrifice considerable amounts of time and energy in the service of God for no monetary compensation in return. We sacrifice our time and efforts because we know that God will bless us. We allow everyone the opportunity to worship the way they wish to worship despite our earnest efforts to bring others closer to Christ. We don't diminish the opinions of others and ask the same courtesy in return. In the days of Christ and for many years after, Judaism persecuted Christianity as unorthodox. The teachings of Jesus seemed to them to contradict the words of the prophets or the Old Testament as we know it today. Today, mainstream Christianity often persecutes the “Mormons” as a cult because our beliefs seem different from theirs. To learn the truth, one cannot rely on rumors or hear-say. Predetermined ideas hinder understanding. Our beliefs are complete and logical and are in agreement with the Bible when understood, but when picked apart, misconstrued, attacked, and taken out of context, others believe it to be false. An answer from God is the only way to know truth. Show more Show less