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Hi I'm Richard-Stephen

I am an artist. I love music. I am Hopi and Navajo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Arizona my entire life. With that said, there is much desire to travel and see new and different places in the world. I was raised off the reservation in the city with my mother, father and sister. My father wanted my sister and I to have the better opportunities for an educated future and fulfilled life that was not an option for him during his childhood. I am blessed with talents of artistry that are enriched through my culture. I enjoy photography and painting in my rare but spare time. Currently I am a full-time student and employed full-time as well, so as a typical student I am pretty busy. I love spending time with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised with a strong Christian foundation. My father's lessons to me was that God is the answer to all things. I have lived with that lesson in my heart. As my parents divorced, we stopped going to church. The need to worship God became more absent from my life as I entered college. I still believed but was not active in any church. I started having challenges. I was being tested and at times I failed. I no longer wanted to live a life without Christ and one evening I prayed with all my heart. I asked Heavenly Father to be with me and give me a restored hope. I started to attend church with my sister and became comfortable with their teachings, but I didn't feel completely fulfilled. It was like something was missing. I couldn't define my feelings so I continued to attend church, always praying for answers. Still left with feelings of loneliness I prayed again with a heavy heart filled with fillings of desires to know of what I was to do with my life. I wanted to be fulfilled. The next morning the door bell rang and there was two missionaries standing asking me if they could share a message with me. It surprised me because, I meet with missionaries before but stopped meeting with them due to schedule conflicts. I invited them in and listened to what they had to say. I pondered and prayed about what they had shared with me. I couldn't hide the fact that there must be a purpose to this coincidence. Every time I have prayed about my faith and my path in life, the missionaries always found me. At the end of each of our sessions I started to develop feelings of happiness. I prayed about my feelings and converted my heart to Jesus Christ. The next morning the missionaries asked if I would be baptized, and without hesitation I said yes. I know it was the spirit of the Lord who spake for me. With a conversion of the heart, I know The Book of Mormon is true. This is His true Church. I have a testimony of my converted heart. I have a reformed Hope.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to others, either a member or non-member. It is important to me to share my love of Christ to others by providing service. I know everyone has a time in their life, just as I did, to want someone to listen and provide words of encouragement. I provide many friends and sometimes strangers, empathy and compassion. I know that living in the footsteps of Christ, I can accomplish genuine service. I don't feel that I have to, it's more of a natural occurrence. Being converted of the heart has brought my relationships with friends and family closer. Every month I visit members and encourage the spirit in their homes. There is a natural feeling of peace that I have grown to love and endure. I love to share my testimony of my conversion with people and how much it has changed my life. We can all benefit from learning a simple lesson. We are never alone. We have a loving Father in Heaven who want us to return to him. Only if you invite Him into your life by converting your heart to Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Richard-Stephen
Families can be eternal. We love our families and want to return to Heavenly Father with all of our family. When a member of our family passes on, we can be comforted that this separation is only temporary. This is made possible by the power of the Temple. The same sealing power that was given to Peter by Jesus Christ was restored to Joseph Smith in these latter-days. We believe our families can be bound together in eternity. Show more Show less