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Hi I'm Stephen

I love to laugh and have a great time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently taking a break out of my schooling in college to serve as a full-time missionary for the church. I am passionate for music and sang in many different choirs throughout high school and college. I also enjoy playing the piano and find an escape in that. My favorite composer is Rachmaninoff. My favorite sport to play is basketball, but I will do anything active. I love to snowboard and also worked as a lifeguard for a handful of years. I love to talk and joke around. Being mature is overrated.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed with the opportunity of having this religion shown to me early in my life. As I have continued to live by the teachings and seek out answers for myself, I have grown a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died for the sins of the world.

How I live my faith

I am currently a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I live my life as close as I can to the teachings of the Gospel. My purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
The Bible refers to the Book of Mormon as the "stick of Ephraim"(Ezekiel 37:16-17) because it was written by the decendants of the House of Ephraim, or Joseph. The Lord commanded a prophet in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. by the name of Lehi to take his family into the wilderness and eventually to the American continent. They grew into a great civilization and spread across the Americas. God called prophets among these people and they were commanded to record their prophecies and revelations. The prophets testified of Jesus Christ and His doctrine. God's plan for us, the Plan of Salvation, was also revealed to them. The climax of the Book of Mormon is where Jesus Christ, himself, comes and administers to the people. He teaches them His gospel, blesses them, and sets up His church among them. The prophets and the people all bore record of Jesus Christ. One of the last prophets, Mormon, took the records that had been written and handed down by the prophets and complied them all together. His son, Moroni, burried the record when their civilization was at its end due to dissension and war (around 421 A.D.). The Book of Mormon has a promise that invites everyone to read and ponder the message it contains, and then to pray and ask God if it is true. God will answer our prayers through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephen
We believe that it is only in and through the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, completed the Atonement, which provides us with a way to return to our Heavenly Father. While Jesus provided us with this way of returning, it is completely up to us whether we accept or reject it. We accept and apply the Atonement of Christ through exercising faith in Him, repenting of our sins, being baptized by someone who has authority, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Simply put, we keep the commandments of God. No matter what we do, as far as our own works, it is never enough. We need Jesus Christ. Once we have put all our effort into obeying what He has asked of us, that is, continually accepting Him and demonstrating by our actions that we are striving to be more like Him, He saves us through His grace and will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Stephen
God has always called prophets to establish His church. He gives them His power and authority, which is called the priesthood, to act in His name for the salvation of souls. Essential saving ordinances, such as baptism, can only be performed by the priesthood. Jesus Christ came to the earth for many reasons. The most important was to provide an infinite and eternal sacrifice for our sins. During his mortal ministry, Jesus Christ also established his church. He called 12 apostles and gave them the priesthood authority to act in his name(John 15:16). Unfortunately, our Savior was rejected and crucified. After His death and resurrection, His church remained and was guided by His apostles. However, His Apostles were rejected and killed. The Priesthood authority which they possessed was not past on and the ability to perform saving ordinances was lost. Over a period of time, known as the Great Apostasy, plain and precious truths were taken from the Bible and were lost. The fulness of the Doctrine of Christ was no longer taught and the knowledge of the true nature of the Godhead was lost. The world did not know its relationship to God nor did it know how to come unto Christ to be saved. Although there remained many faithful Christians, they had neither the fulness of the Gospel nor the authority to administer the ordinances. The Restoration was needed to bring back all the elements necessary for salvation. God, through His chosen prophet, Joseph Smith, restored His church. Show more Show less