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Hi I'm Steven (Skyler)

I'm a writer; I like classic rock, reading, and history, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy reading, classic rock, and history. I'm a senior in college hoping to one day teach history.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church. Christ's life and atonement are the biggest reasons why I'm a Mormon. I know that Christ lives. I know that his atonement helps cleanse us of our sins if we are willing to follow his gospel and apply it in our lives. If you can believe that what Christ did on earth for you is true, everything else in the LDS church relates to that.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from my mission where I was doing my best to teach Christ's gospel on the earth. Before that I have had many opportunities as a home teacher and I have held many youth leadership positions in my church.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Steven (Skyler)
In this age of instant communication, especially with the internet and sites like Mormon.org, it may cause one to scratch their head in disbelief seeing Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still knocking on doors or talking to people as they go about their ways. However, many times it is not enough for people who are interested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to just research about it and take action by themselves. After all, as it says in James 2:26: "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." There needs to be action to exercise one's faith; that as why as missionaries, "...we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23) Missionaries help people come to the realization that we need to strive to be our best to obtain God's grace and mercy through his Son's, Jesus Christ's, everlasting atonement. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Steven (Skyler)
The atonement is a very personal and precious gift given to us from God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, because it allows us to reconcile ourselves with God. The atonement is necessary because the Fall of Adam and Eve introduced death and spiritual death, sin, into the world and, although we are still responsible for our own sins, there was a need for a Savior to give us the opportunity to be cleansed of our sins. The atonement includes Christ's suffering in Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His Resurrection. During his suffering in Gethsemane, Christ bled from every pore (D&C 19:18) thus suffering every pain, affliction, trial, and illness that man has felt, is feeling, or will ever feel (Alma 7:11). On the cross, he voluntarily died for us, and he overcame spiritual and physical death through his resurrection on the third day following his death on the cross. Jesus Christ was qualified to atone for us, because he was sinless; he was born of an earthly mother and Heavenly Father, therefore he could lay down his life and take it up again (John 10:17); and he was chosen by his father before this life to be the Savior of the world. We can make the atonement apply in our lives by having faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of our sins, being baptized by proper authority, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and keeping commandments and thereby enduring to the end. Show more Show less