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Hi I'm Steven

I joined the church at age 17. I'm a Mormon. I am studying to become a dentist. I love my family.

About Me

I am 24 years old and am entering my first year of dental school. I am married to the woman of my dreams and we just welcomed a little girl into our family. I am an avid soccer fan and am a complete couch potato during the World Cup.

Why I am a Mormon

I always struggled with some of the basic doctrines of christianity, especially the trinity. My parents are Lutherans but have not been practicing since I was extremely young. I had a great deal of questions about religion. I noticed in my teenage years stark contrasts in some of my friends. I recognized that those who had faith in Jesus Christ seemed somehow different, but nothing I could put my finger on. On more then one occasion I sat down with the Bible determined to understand that difference I noticed. I struggled to believe that there was a God and became bitter and frustrated. In my frustration I decided there can't really be a God. Through a series of events involving some good friends I was introduced to the missionaries. I agreed to one lesson and a tour through their church. I went to the tour determined quickly to put these missionaries in their place. I fired of question after question about anything I could, trying to find a reason why I shouldn't listen to them. They were very kind and answered some questions and responded that they didn't know on a few. Their sincere nature didn't allow me to escape. We sat down for the lesson. The lesson made sense and I followed it easy enough, but hadn't heard anything that struck me profoundly. Then, the missionaries began to tell the Joseph Smith story, how this young boy knelt and prayed. In response to his humble prayer, two personages appeared, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I snapped into an alert position, dumbstruck with what I was hearing. I had always been confused why everybody insisted in the Trinity. It had been my easy point of attack against religion. Here were people who believed like I did, that Heavenly Father was indeed the Father and Jesus Christ literally his Son. Warmth flowed into my body and I felt the beginning of my testimony.

How I live my faith

I try hard to live my faith and be true to the covenants I have made. I try to volunteer and help others who are in need. Recently I have been working with youth programs in the community, coaching soccer teams for at risk youth. It has been a truly rewarding experience as these boys have had a chance to come together as a team, but, more importantly, be influenced by good examples. I developed warm feelings for these boys and want to see them succeed. In the church we are taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel changes how I feel about service and I actively seek to serve and help others because I love my Heavenly Father and know that we are all his children.