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Hi I'm Stephen

I grew up in Missouri. I'm a student. I enjoy sports. I love my family SO much. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lived much of my life there. I then moved to a smaller town southwest of St. Louis called Rolla. In college, where I have been studying business, I enjoy the same things most other college students enjoy: intramural sports, attending intercollegiate games and events, dances, parties, and having fun dating. One of my biggest hobbies is water sports, specifically, slalom (one ski) water skiing. Occasionally during the summer months my family heads down to the Lake of the Ozarks where we enjoy inner-tubing, wake boarding, and water skiing. It's such a fun place to spend time with my family which I love so much. Speaking of family, I was born to two wonderful parents. I grew up the second oldest of six. I have one older sister and four younger: five girls and one boy! I always wanted a brother, and finally, after years of waiting, my dream came true. My parents adopted a young boy (whom I have grown to love dearly) just a few years ago. It's been a wonderful experience and our family has grown closer together through it. In addition to fun times on the water, I enjoy running and playing basketball. I ran cross country and track in high school, and play as much basketball as I can in my free time. I love life, even when things are hard (trust me, they're hard for everyone from time to time). During good times and bad, I try my hardest to live well and contribute my time and talents to the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I was actually born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I can't say that I've absolutely KNOWN it to be true for my whole life. I found during high school that I am no exception to the rule: if you want to know for sure, ask our Father in Heaven. In college, I began really studying and praying to know of the truthfulness of this gospel. I didn't have any Earth-shattering experience; I didn't see an angel or hear a loud voice, rather, the Spirit of the Lord spoke to my heart when I asked sincerely about the truthfulness of these things. Little by little, I came to know without any doubt that the things I've been taught from my childhood are true. I experienced peace in my own life and found that I felt more unity with my family. The important questions of life that I see so many other people worrying about were not giving me any further worry; I felt, and still feel relief because I KNOW the answers to these questions. These answers came to me as I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to my Heavenly Father. After having my life changed through the gospel of Jesus Christ, I find more fulfillment in my life--there's no way I could even doubt the truthfulness of these things!

How I live my faith

My personal opinion is that when you know something special, you shouldn't keep it to yourself. That's why God gave us families, so that our parents and grandparents who already know how things go in life can share what they know with us. That is how I feel about the gospel of Jesus Christ; I've been truly blessed to know the truthfulness of it--how can I not share it with everyone I meet? I live my faith not only by following the teachings found in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and the words of modern day prophets, but also by teaching these things to others. My life has been SO blessed to know these things that I can scarcely stop myself from trying to teach others. Each Sunday when I attend church I thing about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I think of His perfect life and His suffering and death for my sins. I feel His love for me as I express my gratitude for Him and for my Heavenly Father. In addition to this, I live my faith by trying to live as Jesus did: showing love for, and giving service to my fellow men. I look for opportunities to help people with anything they need, whether it be painting the house, mowing the lawn, taking the garbage out, or lending a listening ear. These are just a few of the ways I live my faith.

What is the priesthood?

Stephen
By definition, the priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. This authority can't be assumed by anyone. It is passed down in a direct "line of authority" that begins with the Lord. It gives holders the authority to properly officiate in sacred ordinances such as the administration of the sacrament, baptism, giving the gift of the Holy Ghost, giving blessings to those who are sick or having a tough time, and many other special things. I love the priesthood. My father holds the priesthood and so I was blessed to feel the power of the priesthood in my home growing up. When I was twelve I received the Aaronic Priesthood and had the opportunity a few years later to baptize a dear friend of mine and my own little sister. When I left home after high school for college and to serve a mission for the church, I received the higher priesthood: the Melchizedek Priesthood. I am able to give blessings of healing and comfort to those who stand in need, and I am able to give the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who have been baptized. The priesthood has blessed my family and me so much. My desire is to help other people come into the fold of God and receive the blessings that come from the priesthood. Show more Show less