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Hi I'm Sterling

I am from Utah, and and currently trying to become a physician's assistant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the mountains and shooting things in the mountains! I graduated with a bachelors in Wildlife Biology, hence my love and respect for the outdoors. I love hiking, camping, hunting, shooting, fishing, and anything else that get me out of the city. I got married to the most wonderful girl in the world when I was 22 (almost 6 years ago!). We now have a daughter who's 3, a son who is almost 2, and my wife is due with what I hope to be out last child (a boy), in June. My kids are probably my biggest trial to be honest. However, through a lot of prayer and plain old endurance, they are becoming some of my best friends. When I graduated in 2009, I wanted to be a marine. I went to Officer Candidate School two times in two years, but was medically disqualified both times. I tried to get into the wildlife field, but the jobs are very scarce, especially if you don't have a master's degree. I was an EMT during my undergrad, and so I thought since everything else was failing, I would go to PA school. So here I am after being kicked around and feeling very down about myself for a couple of years. I am in PA school at Albany Med, and I am excited to be able to move on with my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't like the title question. To be honest, I became a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. The real question should be, why am I still a Mormon? This church is one of the most demanding churches out there. No one stays in it because its a family tradition or because it just seemed like a good thing to do. I know this church is demanding and at times difficult, but at the same time, I know that anything worth-while is demanding and difficult. A member of this church needs something to keep them going. Growing up, I was told over and over again that I needed to know for myself that the church was true because there would be times that I would want to quit or question the truth of it all. The challenge was issued that I take the Book of Mormon and figure out if it were true. After all, it is the cornerstone of the church. If it is true, then the man who translated it (Joseph Smith) was true, and the resulting church would be true also. At the end of the book of Mormon there is an invitation. It says, after you receive these things (the book), ask God if they are not true. It then says that God would answer by way of the Holy Ghost. I prayed, and I felt a feeling that I can not fully describe, but it felt familiar. It is exactly how I imagined being with God felt. Years later, I did the same thing, but I was asking God if he truly loved me. After all, I felt pretty neglected because of some of the things in my life. This time, I felt the same as I did regarding the Book of Mormon, but even stronger. Joseph Smith said that after his vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ, many people from all walks of life tried to make him believe that it was false. He said he knew he had seen a vision, and he knew that God knew it, and he could not deny it. I feel the same. I know I received and answer from God. I know God knows it, and I cannot deny it. This has kept me going when I have been ridiculed, questioned, or felt like the whole world was against me.

How I live my faith

As I said above, this church can be demanding, but often through those demands, you get the biggest rewards. We are all asked to volunteer our time and talents to try and bless other people. My favorite service opportunity I ever had was working with the teenage boys in my neighborhood. I felt like a boy myself ( I was only 26 at the time), but these 14 and 15 yr. olds reminded me that to them I was ancient! I was able to teach them church lessons on Sundays. I was even able to serve as their scout leader. We went on a lot of fun camp-outs, community service activities, and weekly get-togethers. There were some times where I felt as though they didn't care. However, I saw them become gentlemen and good church members. They were kind to the girls in church and school. hey did things that sometimes were not all that fun, but helped other people out. Most importantly, they came to Christ. I will never forget one lesson. I had made a Jeopardy game over the material we had covered during the past year. As a bonus question, I asked, what was the thing I wanted most for them to get out of our time together. I had never explicitly said the answer to them during any of our time together. Then, one boy raised his hand and gave me the answer exactly how I had written it down. "to come closer to Christ" I knew I had made a difference. I love those boys. Since I just moved to Albany, I haven't been asked to do anything specifically to serve. I do what I can, but I am excited to be asked to serve in some capacity again.

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

A part of the Book of Mormon tells about how in ancient America, under the direction of a prophet, a government was set up allowing the people to elect representatives to lead them, much like we do today in the United States. The prophet said that it was common for the majority of the people to elect good people to lead them. However, when the time came that the majority elected an evil person as their leader, they would be ripe for destruction. We take very seriously the responsibility laid before us in electing goo people to lead us. We need to make it a matter of prayer when we are deciding who we vote for. Which candidate will lead us closer to God? Which one will stand up for what is right, no matter the consequence? Who has the values of Christ? Hopefully, in electing such a person, we, as a nation, will be led to God. It is only when we choose God that we can be a blessed people. No economic, social, immigration or defense plan will help us progress as a nation if we do not first come to God. Even the Founding Fathers stated that this government, set up under the Constitution, would not function unless it were governing a moral people. Hopefully you can see the importance of electing someone that will lead us to God. Show more Show less