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Hi I'm Stewart

I'm a CPA, Division Controller, Woodworker, Handyman, Husband and Father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fifth of six children. I had a wonderful childhood with a strong family and many good friends along the way. I was active in Boy Scouts growing up and am now an Eagle Scout. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tokyo Japan and came to love the Japanese people and culture. I graduated from college in California after my mission to Japan and majored in Business Administration, with an Accounting Option. I subsequently became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for a major public accounting firm. I currently work as a Division Controller for a multinational composites manufacturing company. I am married and have three sons. My hobbies are woodworking, tropical fish, and firearms collecting/shooting. I also like to ride ATV's and to go camping and fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I came to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that it has been restored in its fullness to the earth; not merely a "reformation" of ancient beliefs and practices but a divine "restoration" of all principles and ordinances lost after Jesus and his disciples were martyred. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints is not just another religion. Rather, it embodies all of the principles and ordinances essential for eternal life. The Church was restored under the direction of both God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ through a modern prophet, Joseph Smith. I'm a Mormon because I have felt and experienced personal inspiration through the Holy Ghost who testifies that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world, and that His gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow the example set by Jesus Christ. This is not just a Sunday exercise. Although I attend worship services each Sunday, it’s only through daily living of gospel principles that brings me true happiness and joy: -Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ -Repentance -Prayer -Reading/Studying the Scriptures -Serving Others/Volunteering -Keeping the Commandments I'm not perfect by any means but when I consistently practice the above principles, life goes so much smoother. I think more clearly at work, I have less stress, and more importantly, I am at peace despite the complex and turbulent world we live in.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Stewart
Like Solomon's ancient temple as referenced in the New Testament, temples are a place where God can dwell. In ancient days, under the Mosaic Law, temples were not only a place of prayer but also a place where animal sacrifices and related covenants took place. Today, we do not perform animal sacrifices because they were done away with through the atonement of Jesus Christ. His was the great and last sacrifice. Church members attend the temple to learn eternal truths, to receive and provide sacred ordinances designed to unite our families together forever. One example is marriage. When married in the temple, the marriage is eternal; not just "till death do us part". Children and parents can be sealed together as families for eternity. Another example is that we perform proxy ordinances, such as baptism, on behalf of our kindred dead. See 1 Corinthians 15:29 and 1 Peter 4:6. Temple work is a fulfillment of prophecy found in Malachi 4:5-6, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Stewart
The Book of Mormon contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived in the ancient American continent. It covers the period from 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. The Book of Mormon has many inspired authors, similar to the Holy Bible. Mormon was one of these ancient prophets who actually abridged the many writings over this thousand year period into one record to come forth in our time. The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. It also contains a history of the peoples who lived during the time period covered. It confirms that the Bible is true and clarifies many precious truths, which have been lost and/or confused through numerous biblical translations over the centuries. Show more Show less