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Hi I'm Stephen Vincent

I'm a sportswriter. I'm a teacher. I'm a law student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My whole life I have loved sports. I tried very hard to play sports, but all I got was a few blisters--and a lot of good memories from joking around with my teammates--while riding the bench in high school. I worked as a sportswriter, pretty much right out of high school, writing for my local paper. I loved going to sporting events and talking to the players and coaches afterwards. Nevertheless, I decided, after much prayer, to return to school and pursue my law degree. Not always sure why, not always happy that I did, but I know it's where the Lord wants me.

Why I am a Mormon

I know this church is true. I prayed about it, and I received an answer in the affirmative. I have felt God's love many times in my life--and it has sustained me. I know God lives; I know He is aware of me; I know He loves me. I have learned this, time and again, through countless experiences in my life. I know my Savior loves, and I know He loved me enough to give His life for me. I have also felt of His love. I know it is real and immeasurable. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and restored the true church of Jesus Christ to the Earth again. I am astounded by the amount of truth that has emerged from the Restoration. It is amazing the things God has restored to the Earth again. I love, love, love the Book of Mormon. It amazes me how much depth is in that Book, and how I feel when I read it. I know it is from God. I am also very grateful to have a living prophet on the Earth. I love General Conference every October and April, and the chances I have to hear the messages of God's prophets and apostles. I know God speaks through them.

How I live my faith

All i can say is that I try to live my Faith. I am not perfect; I wish I lived it better than I do. But the Gospel is really about second, third, and fourth chances. As many chances as one needs to get it right. Perfection is a process, but I hope each day I am getting a little better than I was the day before. In the church, I am currently my ward's financial clerk, which means that one of the congregation's leaders and I count the donations each week and deposit them in the bank. It was a calling that took some faith to accept because I don't have a financial background. I was really scared to do it, but I did it. I have really enjoyed the experience. I also teach in my priesthood quorum once a month, which I really enjoy doing.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Stephen Vincent
At the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni encourages its readers to pray about whether it is true. If someone reads and ponders the Book of Mormon with an open mind and then prays with real intent to know whether it is and sincerely believes they will receive an answer, one way or the other, then that person will receive the answer. This is the Promise that I and millions of other Mormons have taken. We have received our answer in the affirmative. The Book of Mormon is true. The Church is true. Mormonism is true. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Stephen Vincent
A ward is what we call one of our congregations. A branch is also a small congregation. And a stake is a collection of congregations, usually eight to 10 congregations make up a stake. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Stephen Vincent
No. We absolutely do not worship him. He is to us what Moses was to the ancient Israelites: a prophet. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Stephen Vincent
For church each Sunday, we were our "Sunday best." We are there to worship Jesus Christ, so we want to dress in a way that shows reverence for Him. Typically, that means a shirt, jacket, and tie for a man; a modest dress or skirt for a woman. Children also typically dress up for Sunday. But if you don't have and can't afford those kind of clothes, your best clothes will suffice; after all, it's the respect your clothes show for the Savior that matters. Church members recognize and celebrate Christmas and Easter. For Christmas, we have presents, Christmas trees, Christmas carols and candy canes. For Easter, we're known to put together a pretty good Easter egg hunt. So basically, there is little difference between the way we celebrate those holidays and the way other Christians celebrate those Holidays, i.e., Christmas is about celebrating the birth of the Savior, and Easter is about reverencing Christ's Resurrection. As for other Holidays, we celebrate birthdays, we go trick or treating, we set off fireworks for the Fourth of July, take our special someone out for a nice dinner on Valentine's Day, we barbecue on Labor Day. Really, our holidays are normal with one exception: St. Patrick's Day. We wear green that day, but our drinks are much more tame than the usual St. Patrick's Day drinks. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Stephen Vincent
One of the most beautiful doctrines of the Church is that of eternal life. We do not subscribe to the traditional view of hell: We don't believe that there are pitchforks, flames and demons awaiting the wicked. Rather, our loving Heavenly Father's plan calls for each of His children to be treated lovingly in the hereafter. We believe our Heavenly Father has created Heavens in which His children will dwell. The best of those Heavens is what we call the Celestial Kingdom. There, we share in the quality of life that our Heavenly Father has. Our place in the Celestial Kingdom is secured by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, but it also requires our obedience to the gospel. Show more Show less