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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm Stephen, with a ph, not phteven! I am a Mormon and I love it! Life is good and God is on our side!

About Me

Hello World! My Name is Stephen and YES,I am a Mormon. Currently i am serving a mission in Wisconsin. I love it and i wouldn't trade my time here serving the Lord for anything. I will be in Wisconsin for the next two years and I love everyone that I have been able to befriend here. Before my mission I lived at home with my wonderful family and attended School. I work there as an Admissions Ambassador and I love the people I work with and my job. I give tours. Good preparation for a future job, "Tour Guide of the Amazon!" Every Thursday night, back home, I would go to Salt Lake City and would sing with the Saltaires Barbershop Chorus. I loved singing with the group and I can't wait to back into it when I get home. For now I will perform when invited to at local church services. I also like to hang out with the family. I love them so much! We do almost everything together. Eat, work, play, and eat some more! I really like to do anything. I don't think there is anything I don't really like. Except Blue cheese and tomatoes. I love to hike, run, bike, play soccer, talk, teach, learn, hang out, racquetball and now my new favorite thing is being a missionary!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have prayed to my Father in Heaven, the source of all knowledge, and asked him if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. Through the power of the Holy Ghost I recieved my answer. I had a feeling of warmth and comfort overwhelm me and that was my Father in Heaven telling me that the church was true. I have also prayed about the Book of Mormon and listened to the Promise of Moroni in Moroni 10.

How I live my faith

I am living my faith by sharing it with others in the Wisconsin area. I live my faith by following the example of Jesus Christ. As a missionary I am a Representative of Jesus Christ I go forth and teach his Gospel of faith, repentance, baptism, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. I live my faith by sharing it with others, that they in turn may increase their faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Stephen
Missionaries proselyte to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Missionaries have a once and a life time chance to devote ALL their time and attention to the Lord by focusing on how they can help others. If the Missionaries knock at someones door it means they are dedicated to helping you and that is all that they are thinking about right then is how they can help you. Missionaries want to share the happiness that they have with others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Stephen
We do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a prophet, called by God to Lead the church and teach, the people at that time to have Faith in Jesus christ and his Atonement, to Repent, the necessity of Baptism by Immersion by someone holding the priesthood authority of God to then Recieve the Gift of the Holy Ghost by laying on of hands, and to Endure to the End. We acknowledge Joseph as the people in Christ's time looked to John the Baptist. A forerunner for the Restoration of Christ's Church. We worship God, we are guided by His Prophets. Show more Show less

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

Stephen
I will talk about your needs and concerns. I am a Missionary right now for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my whole purpose for 2 years 24/7 is to help those we talk to through our Savior Jesus Christ and his atonement. His atonement allows for us to have joy in this life and to be able to have eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Stephen
A testimony is our personal witness of what we know is true. What we Testify of. For example, I have a testimony that Chirst is my Savior. He lived, atoned for our sins, died on the cross, and then was resurrected. He lives. I have feel the Spirit burn inside of me each time I share this and different truths with others. This I say, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Stephen
The Priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have that authority, permission, from God to run His church. The priesthood is used to lead the church and to bless the lives of everyone. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Stephen
It is more of a question of what the Holy Ghost won't bless you with. The Holy Ghost will bless you with every rightous decision you go to God with. One of my favorite passage of scripture is Galatians 5: 22-23. It lists," But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith...Meekness, Temperance..." I want to continue to have those blessings from the Holy Ghost so I will always live worthy enough to recieve them. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Stephen
Mormons are most definately Christians. Our official title is not "Mormons." It is a nickname we are happy to be given, for it is the name of one of the greatest prophets in the Book of Mormon. Mormons are members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. As given to Prophets in the Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 27:7 http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/27?lang=eng Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he will bless the church for my sake. Mormons are Christians because we bear His name. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Stephen
You can come to know your Father in Heaven just as you get to know other people you know and love. Through constant communication. This communication with God, our Heavenly Father, is called prayer. Pray to Him throught out your day. Let him know how you feel and what you are thankful for. Tell him your problems and as for blessings to help you overcome your weaknesses. Ask for forgiveness. We all sin. No one is perfect. Except His Son Jesus Christ. Through Christ we can also come to know are Father in Heaven. Through repenting of our sins we can change our hearts and minds to be one with God and through that process we can come to know of God's love for us.(John 3:16) You can also read the word of God. His words are in the New and Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. There is also continued reveleation today from the Tweleve Apostles and the Prophet Thomas S. Monson that we can see twice a year during General Conference. Through learning and applying these teaching in our lives we can come to know our Father in Heaven and it will greatly Bless our lives! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Stephen
A ward is a general assembly of people, in an area, that worship together. A branch is like a ward except that is has less people in it. A stake is a group of wards. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
The Book of Mormon is an ancient record written by prophets in the Americas. The First book is called First Nephi (1Nephi). The Book begins in Jerusalem during the same time as Jeremiah. It records the Prophet Lehi and his family's journey to "The Promised Land." Other Prophets such as Alma recorded their Teaching and Prophecies of Christ. The Book of Mormon is Centered on Jesus Christ and the Crowning event of the Book is when The Savior Visits the People in the Americas. Read it for yourself in 3 Nephi 11 For online Text use this link http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/11?lang=eng Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Stephen
We believe the Bible because it focus on the prophecies of Christ and the life of Jesus, The Christ. We read the bible to learn about the organization of the Church that Christ established and learn how to follow the example that Christ set. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Stephen
Being a mormon is a persuit of happiness God's way. We live the best we can according to the Commandments and because of it we are blessed. We know that when we make mistakes there is also a way to reclaim that happiness. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Stephen
Thomas S Monson Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Stephen
It is a service we give to our Brothers and Sisters who've not had the chance to accept Christ in this life. Proxy means we do it on their behalf because they can't do it themselves. We perform the ordinance for them and it is the indiviuals choice to except it or deny it. Just like the Atonement of the Savior. It was performed for us because we need it in order to go to Heaven. But it is our choice to accept it or deny it. Show more Show less

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

Stephen
No. As a matter of fact every election we are reminded in our services that the church does not endorse any party or person. The church does ask people to prayerfully select who they should vote for, regardless of religion, race, sex, etc. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Stephen
To me the word of wisdom keeps us from attaching ourselves to something. Like an addiction. If you are addicted to something you are controlled by that thing. I want to be free from anything controlling me and I want to make my own decisions. That is why I live the word of wisdom Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Stephen
The restored church was founded by the Prophet Joseph Smith. But the beliefs of this restored church are one and the same as the Gospel as taught by Prophets beginning with Adam to the Savior's personal ministry. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Stephen
It is to fill a need without disabling the needy. I have the opportunity to work in the Church's Peach farm a few times a year and have found that the Lord's Welfare program is divine and a blessing to those who participate on the giving and receiving end. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Stephen
Through righteousness, mortal vessels cannot bind our spirits. Resurrected bodies enable us to be as our father is and become perfect forever. Show more Show less