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Hi I'm Stevie

I study psychology. I love frisbee, Russia, indie rock/folk music and my awesome wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in southern California, but moved to Utah when I was just a kid. I am now in my twenties and going to school. I am majoring in psychology with a goal to earn a PhD in social or clinical psychology. I have been married for almost 2 years, with no kids yet. My wife and I LOVE to go to the movies- we go almost every week! If we're not at the movies or snuggled up at home watching netflix, we can usually be found hanging out with our extended families who live close by. I am a frisbee fanatic. I could play frisbee in my sleep. I also love any activity that has to do with water. So frisbee on the beach is heaven. I will play just about any sport, as long as it is competitive. I served a mission in Russia, so I love the Russian people and everything to do with their culture. I still speak the language ok, so it is always fun to chat with a rooski when I get the chance. One of my greatest passions is for music. I enjoy singing and playing what I can, but I like to listen more than anything. I have a wide variety of musical tastes, ranging from classical to country to classic rock. But my most recent obsessions is indie rock and folk. My favorite bands include The Shins, Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, Ray LaMontagne, etc. That's pretty much me in a nutshell.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined this church when I was 8 years old. That is the earliest one can be baptized into this church. But I had been going to church pretty much since I was born. So I guess you could say I was born and raised a Mormon. Some may say that I only believe what I do because my parents taught it to me. I won't deny that my parents had an effect on the way I turned out, but only inasmuch as they taught me to find out for myself. Growing up in Utah, I got to be around a lot of Mormons. I knew what we believed from a young age, mostly by parroting what I was told. But the standards of the church are really high, so as I hit my adolescent years I really wanted to know for myself. When I was about 13 I really started to seriously search out the truthfulness of what I had been taught. I decided to read the Book of Mormon on my own. The Book of Mormon is a record of an ancient civilization that lived on the American continents before and during the time of Christ. This civilization had prophets that communed with God, just like in the Bible. This record was revealed to and translated by a man named Joseph Smith, who was called by God to be a prophet to restore the true church of God in the 1800s. If it is true and truly given by God, then The Book of Mormon is a testament that Joseph Smith really was prophet and the church that was restored through him is God's church. So how can I know if the book is from God or not? I decided to ask Him, and if it was true, he would let me know in a way that is more certain than any tangible evidence. I read the Book of Mormon, asked God if it was true, and over the course of many years He has answered that prayer many times. Sometimes He gives me a feeling of assurance deeper than anything I've ever felt. Sometimes He gives me knowledge that it is true. Each experience builds upon my testimony that it is true. And I can say now that I know that this is God's true church restored on the earth again. I know that Christ lives and loves me.

How I live my faith

In our ward, my wife and I teach the 3-4 year old children, otherwise known as "sunbeams". We don't have any kids of our own, so it is lots of fun getting to teach and learn from those little ones. Other than that, I am just trying my hardest to be more and more like Christ everyday. I am a long ways from perfection, but I truly love my Savior and I want to do what is right. I also want to show my family how much I love them by serving them in small ways. That's how I live my faith.