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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a runner, a swimmer, and I'm a Mormon. The last one's my favorite.

About Me

I am a happy Colorado Mormon who loves running, swimming, hiking, enjoying time with friends, and studying international politics/security. I enjoy doing things that help me grow as an athlete, scholar, and follower of Christ, whether that be reading the Book of Mormon, running along Colorado's many beautiful trails, or studying Middle Eastern conflicts. I am about to serve a two year mission for the Church to Santiago, Chile, where I look forward to teaching the Gospel of our Lord and also learning from the good people there.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this Church is true and that this is the religion of our Savior Jesus Christ. This knowledge has come to me as Alma taught in the Book of Mormon-not of myself, but of God. The Holy Spirit constantly whispers to me that this is the Lord's church and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That understanding has come from years of study and prayer, and I am eternally grateful to my Creator for answering my prayers with the answers I need to hear. With that knowledge that this is indeed Christ's church, I am able to go confidently into the world with the understanding that God is on my side and has provided me a Savior who understands my struggles. He truly is able to comprehend everything and anything I go through and is always there, either to help me repent of a mistake or to strength me in adversity. I receive great joy and peace from following the counsel of the prophets, who truly receive revelation from God for our benefit. Living the gospel and following the commandments and teachings of Christ brings more blessings than I can count, and importantly for me is the knowledge that comes from study and prayer that this church is true. Even in the face of trials, I can count on that sure knowledge that I am a part of His church and that He loves me and is looking out for me. That's why I'm a Mormon-I know that it's true because He has told me that it is.

How I live my faith

For me, living the gospel of Jesus Christ means keeping the commandments of God (which protect us from the crushing guilt and impurity of sin), but it also means that I try to become as my Savior. In the Book of Mormon, Christ counsels us to take upon us His name and to be even as He is. The gospel of Jesus Christ is to forsake all sin and become as our Savior. To do this, I have to know His word. This is found in the scriptures, particularly in the Book of Mormon, as well as in the messages taught by those whom God has called to lead the Church, most importantly our prophet. Knowing the word (which Alma teaches will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss) means living the word, which means striving daily to keep the commandments and do as Christ would. It's not easy by any means, but through the enabling power of the Atonement it is possible. Through regular study and application of the principles found in the scriptures and in the words of the prophets, we can better understand and love our Savior and His gospel, as well as have the testimony we need to weather temptations and trials and earn our reward in this life and the one to come.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is by far the best thing about my life. The church gives you a greater understanding of God and His purposes, as well as how to live your life so you can return to Him. I have never known anything to be true as strongly as I know this church to be true. That knowledge gives you a greater perspective on life, and makes you a much happier person. Keeping the standards keeps you out of bad situations and actually leads to a better life. You meet many new people, establish lasting friendships, and learn how to live a better-off life. To sum it up being a Mormon is a great experience with more blessings than you can count. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jesus Christ is truly the center and focus of this Church. We believe that He is our Savior, Redeemer, Brother, and Advocate to the Father, and that it is only through Him that we can return. The Book of Mormon teaches that Christ is the only name under heaven by which man can be saved (2nd Nephi 31:21). Mormons base their lives on our Savior and strive to keep His commandments in order to become like Him. We believe that His Atonement provides the only way to happiness and eternal life, and that His teachings and commandments are a sure guide to eternal life. Show more Show less