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Hi I'm Steven

I'm from Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I've grown up my entire life in Idaho. I love to hunt, fish, snowboard, rock climb, and scuba dive. I have 4 sisters and no brothers which always made growing up an adventure. I am currently serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Western New York. As such I love all the time I get to meet new people and share with them the ways I have found happiness in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

 Like many others, I was raised in a family that were members of the Church. Even with all of those influences in my life, there still came a point where I had to choose the course of my future. It was at that crossroads that I came to know for myself that everything I had taught from the time I was little, was true. Just like anyone, those in the Church and those just now learning about it, I had to study and pray about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith to discover for myself if they were real. Sometimes people will say, "Well, you're just Mormon because your parents are" but if they remember when they were a teenager, they will realize that there was nothing they did "because their parents" did it too. I found out for myself the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible and Book of Mormon and I invite everyone to do the same. As soon as I felt the truth of the Book of Mormon, I understood that it contained the word of God and would allow me to grow closer to Him. I am very grateful for the Restoration of Christ's Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith and for the blessings I enjoy in my life from living its truth.

How I live my faith

One of the biggest ways I live my faith is through service. Throughout my life I have been given opportunities to teach and participate in many aspects of the church. On a particular Sunday, for instance, I may be asked to give a short talk in our church services or I may be asked to help give service to someone in need. In all of these instances I try to willing to help in any way that I can be of use. As a missionary, I currently spend my time inviting others to experience the same joy and happiness I've found through living the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.

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

Steven
Everything I see around me testifies that there is a God. When I look at the way that a plant functions or the complexities of the solar system, I feel and understand that none of it came by chance. In college, I studied biology and I was always astounded by the human body. In our bodies, millions of functions happen in exactly the right sequences and times to sustain life. I think that it takes a lot more faith to believe our bodies are the product of chance than it does to believe in God as the creator of all things. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Steven
 The Book of Mormon was written by many different prophets just as the Bible was. In the Old Testament you will find books named Jeremiah and Joshua that were written by those prophets. Likewise in the Book of Mormon you will find books named Alma and Helaman that were written by prophets with those names. No the Book of Mormon wasn't written by Joseph Smith, he only translated the book through the gift and power of God. It's original authors were prophets called and ordained of God to teach His gospel to the people during their times. Show more Show less

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

Steven
We are asked to donate 10 of our income to the church in order to move God's work forward but also to show our williness to sacrifice. Throughout all ages, God has asked His children to sacrifice their time and their means to show their faith in Him. By giving 10 of what I make to Him, I show that I trust in His commandments and are willing to obey whatever He may ask of me. In addition the Lord has promised that He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing larger than our current capacity can hold Malachi 310. When we begin to see the blessings we receive from paying tithing, we understand what a privilege it is in our lives. Show more Show less

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

Steven
When the missionaries visit your home, they will talk about what has brought them the most happiness Christ. The things they will talk about will be things that they know will help every single person they meet live a more honorable, productive, and joyful life. They will talk about how they have found for themselves that the message they share is true. In the end, they won't ever try to sell anything to you or force you into anything. All they are interested in, is proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping people draw closer to Him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Steven
For me, being a Mormon means being me, but with a purpose. As I learn about God from the scriptures and through prayer, I understand what He would have me do. There is nothing crazy involved with being a Mormon. Yes, you may be asked to obstain from alcohol, tobacco, or substances like that, but refraining from those things makes you free, not bound. Being a Mormon also means that you have a much larger support system around you. Every member of the church is part of one big family and as such we help and strengthen those around us. Whenever I am in need, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually, there is always someone there for me. Being a Mormon isn't a passive thing, but it is worth it. Show more Show less