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Hi I'm Sterling

I love learning. I'm an optimist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Sterling. I'm 22 years old and am currently studying Spanish and medical school prerequisites at the university level. I love reading and learning and playing soccer. Learning is my favorite pastime. I love the feeling of my mind being opened to new information. A life of learning is like a dark room that gets ever-brighter the more one strives to obtain further understanding. Every new fact is a like a packet of light that explodes to illuminate a clearer vision of the world we live in. I have a passion for music. It fascinates me the power music has to make me feel. It can change my mood when I'm having a bad day or simply serve as an outlet for frustration and stress. I also love everything that is or has to do with movies. If I had any talent in that area I'd probably be a famous director. I don't have any talent in that area. Recently I've also become enchanted with the Spanish language. My goal is to one day be able to speak it as if it were my native tongue, but until then I find the journey quite thrilling.

Why I am a Mormon

The full answer to why I'm a Mormon includes every detail of my life. Every choice, every consequence; every joy, every pain; every question, and every answer. I wish I knew how to explain it simply so others could fully understand. But for now I'll settle with this: I'm a Mormon because I'm a Theist. I believe that there is no other way to explain the beauty of this world without there being a Divine Creator at the center of it all. Mountains are too majestic, flowers are too flawless, birdsong is too musical, and people have too much potential. I'm a Mormon because I'm a Christian. I believe the best way to determine if something works is to try it out. I love the words of Jesus Christ in seventh chapter of John: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." As I've strived to make Jesus Christ's teachings the center of my life and actions, I've experienced a steady increase of joy, happiness, and direction. I know that He is my Savior. I'm a Mormon because I love the Book of Mormon. It's so rich, so textured--in more ways than people who don't diligently study it could ever understand--that the theory that it was the invention of a poorly educated farmboy in the early 1800s just doesn't work. It's another testament of Jesus Christ, and helps me to want to become more like Him every day that I live. I know that anyone who picks up the Book of Mormon, reads it with a profound curiosity, and humbly asks his/her Father in Heaven if it's true will come to know of its divine origin. I am a man of both Faith and Reason. I believe that Faith and Reason are the two eyes through which we can see a three-dimensional world. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm currently on a break from normal life and studies serving a two-year mission for my Savior and my fellow mankind. Nothing in my life has ever brought me greater joy then helping people be happier, and I have the once-in-a-lifetime chance of getting to do that 24/7 for 730 days! Although those days are rapidly depleting and I am continuously finding myself closer and closer to the end of those two years, I find comfort in the thought that now I'll be able to return to normal 21st century life and apply all the knowledge and lessons that I've acquired over the past months and use them to continually help others.