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Hi I'm Stephen

I enjoy being in the outdoors. I like to play Frisbee. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Utah most of my life. In high school I was involved in a lot of different things. I enjoyed playing sports. I did cross country running all during high school. I liked the aspect of being out of the house and with other people. After a while I got involved in playing ultimate frisbee. My senior year we had just started up a frisbee team, and so we set up a tournament with other high school teams. It was great being able to compete with others around in the area. I was also involved in music. I played the trumpet in a symphonic winds ensemble and a jazz band. While being involved in all this I worked at an ice cream shop. It was fun serving people delicious treats. I learned how to mix up the ice cream on a frozen table, and then would impress people by throwing it up in the air and catching it in a cup. It was fun to see peoples reactions. It surprised a lot of people. Another thing that surprises a lot of people is the aspect that I learned how to ride the unicycle. I am currently attending college and am starting up through my second year. While there I picked up the liking for ballroom dancing and singing. I also served a mission in the Northern part of California. I have grown to love the people in that area.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been involved in the church from my childhood. I was raised in a home where my parents lived the teachings of the church. My father is a convert and has expressed his gratitude for finding the gospel. I owe much of my conversion to them. Eventually though, I had to gain my own beliefs and practices in my life. Everyone has to find their own conversion. I have prayed and studied other faiths as well as my own faith. What has helped the most is living the teaching of the church over a period of time. Through experience being a part of the church, and through personal effort and contemplation I have come to know the truthfulness of the gospel. God has answered my prayers. By seeing Gods influence in my life I have come to know for a surety that being in involved in this church is where he wants me to be. I have received assurances from God through the Holy Ghost that the gospel of this faith is true. There are too many coincidences in my life from God to even think my life isn't watched over by God. I am amazed to see evidences of his love for all people. He is involved in everyones life. Life is easier trying to do what God wants. When you don't do what is right you feel sad. That is one reason I love the church. Through repentance and the ordinances in this church any burden of sadness can be relieved. Those feelings of sadness can be healed. I've seen it, and experienced it! I'm happy God restored the authority to do the ordinances to leaders of our church.I have found that by living this faith, I have been brought closer to God than by any other way. I have found from God that this is the true way to be happy. Another reason I'm a mormon is because of the service opportunities. Because of my love for Christ, I want to serve him. He asks that we lose ourselves in the service of others. It is wonderful being able to serve people around me. It brings a joy to me I could get no other way. It is a mark of a true church to have so many opportunities to serve.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others around me. I serve in the church by helping to set up the Sunday School lessons and coordinating who teaches the classes. It is great going to church because it helps me draw closer to my Savior. I come out feeling rejuvinated and it helps me to put my priorities on the Savior during the week. A lot of what I do is because of the grace I have felt from Jesus Christ. Because of his sacrifice and influence in my life I want to share it with others and pass along the joy I have felt. I go to peoples homes and visit with them to see how they are doing. I try to be of assistance for any of their temporal, spiritual, or emotional needs. I have made a lot of good friendships in the church and have found it to be a fulfilling way to live.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephen
We believe that the grace of Jesus Christ is what saves us from our sins. By having faith and trying to live the gospel we obtain the grace of Jesus Christ. Every person who ever enters the world will receive some of the grace of Jesus Christ. For example everyone who is born will eventually be resurrected. That is because of the grace of Jesus Christ. Everyone will physically receive of this grace. To spiritually receive the grace of Jesus Christ you have to choose to accept it. He will not make you clean from your sins against your own will. That is why it is important to go to him and receive of his mercy through faith, repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Stephen
The Book of Mormon is different than the Bible in the aspect that it took place in the America's. The Bible is a compilation of books from people in the Middle Eastern area. The Book of Mormon is also a compilation (like the Bible) except it takes place in America. One main focus in the book is on the "Atonement" of Jesus Christ or his sacrifice for us. I have read the whole book and found that there are very few pages that do not have references to God. By reading the book I have found more fully the nature and love God has for everyone. I think few completely understand his great love for mankind. The Book of Mormon was written by American Prophets over a thousand years ago. After the majority of the people were beginning to reject the teachings of Christ, the last prophet hid them in the ground to preserve the sacred teachings. Later in the 1820's Joseph Smith came to God in sincere prayer looking for more truths about how he should live. God answered his prayer and prepared a way for him to translate the ancient record into English. That is the book we have today. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Stephen
Family is important to us because a family can be one of the greatest supports we can have in life. We believe that our relationships in this life will continue with us through the next life. Having this knowledge, and by loving one another can provide us with great joy during our time on earth. Show more Show less