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Hi I'm Steven

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a school nerd, definitely. It's not that I love doing homework, but I I'm a university student studying Geography, but if I had more time I would love to study tons of other subjects as well. I guess, saving the world seems like a cool idea. That's what I want to do for a living. I also love studying Chinese! School aside, I love music, whether dancing to it or playing piano or percussion or singing. Volleyball and baseball would qualify as my favorite sports, or snowboarding. As a kid, I loved to mountain bike, play basketball in the backyard, eat ice cream, and go in the forest with my family. Because I am the youngest kid in my family, I am forever a kid in some ways. I love laughing at funny things my friends say.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that it brings me greater happiness. Growing up a member of the Church, I've had chances to learn and to grow, to make decisions. Without the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I wouldn't be able to tell right and wrong so clearly, and would not be as happy as I am now. What drives me now is knowing that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He can help me everyday to do the right thing and help others. I know that even though I have weaknesses, He can help me overcome them without looking down on myself. When I was 14, I had my first experience where I felt strongly that the Church was true, that what I had grown up hearing and believing was actually true. That knowledge made me want to change my life, to become a better person. Also, knowing what will happen after this life plays a big part into what I do--to see that what happens now affects life hereafter.

How I live my faith

I have two specific responsibilities in my ward (church congregation). I have the chance, along with my roommate, to visit some of the other members of our ward regularly, share a church message, see how they are doing, and find ways to serve them. It's fun to make new friends this way. Also, I am in charge of helping people in our ward reach out to others and share what they know about the Church. Sometimes, sharing religious beliefs with others can be scary, because you are worried you will offend someone or they will think you are weird, but it is so rewarding.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely. I've been reading a lot lately in the New Testament, and I gain a lot by seeing Christ's life, those He healed, and the journeys they all went through. What I love about the New Testament is that it is symbolic of how Christ helps me now. I also love the stories from the Old Testament -- for example, Moses' experience parting the Red Sea was very meaningful for me a year ago as I went through a difficult decision. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

The main thing that tells me there is a God is prayer. When I pray, I know I can talk to God and that He can communicate with me. I can look at my day for things that I prayed for, and I can see that He has helped me out, even when those things are seemingly small or simple. That and attending the temple have been the most helpful for me. In the temple, I learn more about my relationship with God, His love for me, and His attributes. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is a wonderful word. I think of grace as God's ability to save us. I believe that Jesus Christ suffered for all of our sins, shortcomings, sorrows, and ailments, and then rose from the dead. Because He literally overcame all things, He both has the power to help us overcome our challenges and the compassion of how it feels when we fail or are unhappy. I access grace now by praying for help with my challenges or goals. I promise Him that I'll do my part and try harder, and I ask Him to help me do what I can't do by myself. Often, I find the strength, courage, or knowledge I need to succeed at those things. Grace is proof that God loves us! Show more Show less