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Hi I'm Stephen

I grew up in Washington and now I work in Denver and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small suburb of Seattle. I grew up playing sports and eventually played soccer and basketball at my high school. I also like to go snowboarding, ballroom dancing, salsa dancing, play volleyball, and read. One of my favorite books that I recently read was the Hunger Games. I can't wait till the movie comes out! After high school I served as a missionary in Tokyo Japan. I loved it! By far that has been the best thing that I have done in my life as of yet. It is amazing how focusing on helping other people changes you. Japan had special significance to me because that is where my dad first heard about the Mormon faith and later he served a mission there as well. After I finished my mission I went to college at BYU where I studied and graduated in Economics with a minor in Japanese. I have now graduated and work in the Denver area as a fund administrator.

Why I am a Mormon

Every person has experiences in their life that teach them lessons and lead them toward or away from what they are searching for. I have had many experiences in my life that have affirmed the faith that has been instilled in me as a child. Faith and conversion usually don't burst on people all of the sudden, but faith in my case at least grew slowly line upon line. When I was a kid I had no complaints. I had great parents who created an environment in our home that was peaceful and full of love. Although I thought that what they taught me was good, at a young age I felt a need to gain answers to basic questions such as who is God and what is my relationship with him? Is the Book of Mormon true? So I began to read the Book of Mormon everyday. I would write down my questions and thoughts in a notepad and then ask my mom about them. Sometimes my mom would tell me her thoughts other times she would ask me questions to help me understand. As I read the Book of Mormon everyday, I had a sincere desire to know if what I was reading was true. I prayed to God to know. After praying I was consistently left with feelings of peace and reassurance that what I was reading and the life that I was living were correct principles. That is how my faith in Christ and his restored gospel through Joseph Smith as contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible began. Since then I have had many experiences that have strengthened this faith. If we aspire to know truth of coarse we can consult with other people, but ultimately we need to go to the source of all truth, God.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has allowed me to get invovlved through various means. The church is all about serving. The activities that the church puts on are built around this goal. I have had the opportunity of gardening peoples lawns, building bus stop coverings, moving people, visiting those who are sick an unable to help them with the things that they stand in need of. Serving as a missionary epitomized the purpose of this church. I had the opportunity to care for the disabled, those sick or injured in the hospital, and most importantly to share my testimony of the Christ with those seeking the truth.