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Hi I'm Steve

I teach in a school in a small Inupiaq Eskimo village up in Alaska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a new father to a beautiful baby girl. I teach in a small village in rural Alaska. Before I moved up to Alaska, I went to college at BYU-Idaho where I met my amazing wife. Prior to that, I served a mission for my church in Brazil for two years. I love being a member of the Church. It brings me a happiness that I have never found anywhere else. As a missionary, I was able to see the difference that living the gospel made in peoples lives. I know that it can bring happiness to anyone who lives it by being baptized and then keeping the covenants they make with the Lord. I am grateful to have the blessings of the gospel in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into the Church, but that isn't why I'm a member today. When I was about 15, I began to question the teachings of the Church for myself. I had believed that the Church was good, but I didn't know for myself that it was true. I heard someone explain that if we didn't have a testimony of the Church, that we should pray to know if it was true. I decided to pray to know if the Church was true. I received an answer to my prayer. The Lord told me in my heart that this was His church. Through that prayer, I learned that the Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the gospel to the Earth. I learned that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I came to know, because of that prayer, that we have a prophet who leads this Church today. I was born a member of the Church, but it is because I have my own testimony from the Lord that I am a member of the Church today.

How I live my faith

For me, reading the word of God is important. Almost every morning, it is the first thing that I do when I get up. I find that reading the scriptures helps me develop a relationship with my Father in Heaven. It reminds me of the wonderful things that the Lord has done for me. More important, I feel the Spirit of God when I read the scriptures, and I can take that feeling with me throughout the day.

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

Steve
When Mormon missionaries come to your home, they share messages about Jesus Christ and the plan of Our Father in Heaven for us to return to his presence. The missionaries will also give you a Book of Mormon which is another witness of Jesus Christ. When they come, they will speak on things such as -Things we can do to be with our families forever. -What the sacrifice of Jesus Christ means for us. -How we can know if what they are teaching is true. -How prophets both past and present reveal the gospel to us. -Who Joseph Smith was, and what did he do that was so important. -What the Lord expects us to do in this life so we can return to Him. -What the Priesthood is. -Why God calls men to be prophets. -How we can use the Book of Mormon together with the Bible to learn about the Savior. There are many things that the missionaries will teach you, both about the Church, but also, more importantly, about the Savior. Since Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, you can expect the missionaries to teach and testify of His importance in our lives. Show more Show less

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

Steve
To answer your question, yes, it is possible for a husband and wife to be together forever. This is made possible through covenants that take place in temples here on Earth. A covenant is a promise between individuals. In this case, it a promise made between a husband and wife, and God. The promise of an eternal family can be ours if we make those covenants with the Lord in His holy house, the Temple, and if we are true to those covenants, meaning that we keep our part of the promise. Such families can be together forever. Death may separate the families temporally, but eventually, the Lord will provide for the families faithful to their covenants to be together forever. What a wonderful blessing can be ours if we are faithful to those covenants we make in the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Steve
Members of the Church wear their best clothes to church on Sunday out of respect for the Savior. For men, that typically means wearing suits or slacks and a white shirt and tie. For women, it means wearing modest dresses or skirts. However, there is no dress code other than to wear our best clothing. We want to show the Lord that we love and respect Him, and one way we can do that is by how we prepare to attend Church. It is also important to know that we dress in regular clothing the rest of the week. Often people see missionaries out in the street wearing suits and ties, but regular members of the congregation wear regular clothing throughout the rest of the week. As members of the Church, the two most important holidays for us are Christmas and Easter. They are spiritually significant to us as they allow us to reflect on the birth of the Savior, His suffering and death, as well as His resurrection. We also celebrate national holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other such events. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Steve
It is a misconception that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only help other members of the Church. While members believe in serving one another, the emphasis is on serving our brothers and sisters (all of God's children). Currently there are over 83,000 missionaries including almost 12,000 welfare missionaries. These missionaries spend time helping others (in addition to preaching the gospel). During times of natural disaster, you will often find that it is members of the Church who are first on the scene with resources to start repairing damages and providing food to those in need. This Church believes in service. It is important to us, because Jesus Christ, to whom we look to for an example, provided service His whole life, and we want to be like Him. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Steve
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that He is our Savior. We believe that He came to earth, took upon Himself our sins, that He died and was resurrected. We believe in His teachings. We believe that if we live righteous lives, and make the right covenants with God (such as baptism), and repent of our sins, we can return to live with God someday. We believe that returning to God is only possible because of Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. We love Him. He is our Savior and Lord. He is the center of our religion and the head of our Church. If those things aren't enough to make us Christian, I don't know what is. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Steve
Like all Christian denominations, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that the Bible is the word of God. Within its pages, we learn about prophets of old like Adam, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, and Moses. These righteous men spoke with God, taught His truths to their people, and blessed the lives of those around them. More importantly, however, it is from the Bible that we learn about the life of the Savior Jesus Christ. Within it, we learn about Christ's teachings. We learn about the Church which He established anciently. We learn about miracles that He performed for those who had faith in Him. We learn about the greatest miracle that He performed as He took upon Himself our sins and then died upon the cross only to be resurrected again. We believe the Bible is the word of God. We love the Bible and are grateful to the Lord for the things that we can learn from it as we study its passages. Show more Show less

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

Steve
The Church does not endorse any political parties. Within all major political parties, principles of the gospel can be found. Because of this, the Church encourages its members to vote according to the dictates of their hearts. Furthermore, the Church encourages its members to participate in the political processes and community affairs. By so doing, members of the Church can help improve their communities and bless the lives of others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Steve
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called Mormons or LDS) do not practice polygamy. Today, there is a small number of other churches and organizations that have the words "Latter-day Saints" or "Mormon" in their titles that practice polygamy, however, they are not recognized as part of the Church (even if they consider themselves part of the Church) by the Church or its members. If a member of the Church is found to be practicing plural marriage, he or she is excommunicated. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord explained this to His prophet Jacob, "for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife, and concubines he shall have none...for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me (e.g. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon), I will command my people; otherwise the shall hearken unto these things." For a short time, a select number of the members of the Church practiced polygamy. The Lord commanded these early Saints to practice plural marriage. These Saints included the prophet Joseph Smith and some of the other leaders in the Church, many of whom were challenged by the idea initially. In 1890, the prophet Wilford Woodruff received revelation from God that polygamy should cease. It has not been a part of the Church since. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Steve
To the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Word of Wisdom is the Lord's law of health. It was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. The Word of Wisdom teaches that there are some things it is not recommended that man partake of (such as tobacco, coffee, and alcohol). There is also the promise of blessings for those who follow this law of health. These blessings are both physical and spiritual in nature. For me personally, the Word of Wisdom is further evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet. How many other people in the first half of the nineteenth century knew that smoking tobacco could lead to myriad health problems? Who knew that caffeine (which is commonly found in coffee) is addictive? The Lord knew. He revealed it to His servant Joseph. I am grateful to have the Word of Wisdom in my life. I am grateful to God that I have had this Word of Wisdom in my life since I was young. I know that I am physically and mentally stronger today because I have lived by it. It is a testimony to me that God speaks to living prophets today. Even if you are not a member of the Church, you will be more healthy and mentally acute for following this, the Lord's law of health. Show more Show less