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Hi I'm BJ Stewart

I was born in 1978 and grew up in Riverside, CA. I'm a dental student, a husband, a father of four. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Az and raised in Southern California in a loving family with a younger brother and 3 other sisters. I've since married and have 4 children of my own (3 girls and 1 son). Family has always been an extremely important part of my life, and as we all get older, we strive to do things together as much as we can. I grew up loving to play sports, read books and eat potato chips. I graduated from high school and after a year at college, served a mission to Uruguay, Montevideo. After my mission, I went back to college and graduated with a degree in Political Science. I was self employed for 8 years, and after a bit of soul searching, decided to go back to school in the hopes of one becoming a dentist. As of right now, I'm at the University of Louisville in my 2nd year of dental school, and loving the adventure! 2 years ago I hurt my knee and the doctor recommended that I not play sports anymore. This was a big blow to me as being active has always been a huge part of my life. It's been extremely difficult for me to adjust...almost as if I had to turn the page of a pretty big chapter of my life. It's challenges like this...and others that really help one figure out what's important in life. I don't purport to know what all the answers are and I'm pretty sure I'll die before I figure everything out...but one thing I do know: how important my family and faith are to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I prayed to my God to ask him if what I had read out of the Book of Mormon was true. I asked him specifically if Joseph Smith was one of his prophets and if he had really translated the Book of Mormon. I saw so many other people taking part in so many other religions with so many different beliefs and I was confused as to how everyone could believe so many different things. And I was sincere in my prayer. At least I was as sincere as I could be. It wasn't right away, but eventually I received an answer to my prayer that I couldn't dispute. I knew with a certainty that God lived, that his son Jesus Christ lived on this earth and died for our sins, and that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. I knew with a certainty that the Book of Mormon was from God and written for our day...to bring us closer to Him. Since that day, I've strived to live as close to Him as I can. I try and obey His commandments, I try to serve my neighbors and I try to share the gospel as best I can. I'm far from perfect, but I know that he doesn't expect me to never mess up. And I'm grateful that I can kneel down and ask for forgiveness from my sins. I'm grateful that I know that the family is the central tenet to God's plan for us here on earth. I'm grateful to have the guidance of the Holy Ghost as I try and steer my family through these uncertain times. I know that true happiness comes from obeying the commandments and living the gospel to the best of my ability.

How I live my faith

I'm definitely not perfect. But I do try hard to do what's right. I try to be accountable for my actions, to own up when I have made a mistake and vow to try harder next time. I try to do what my Father in heaven wants me to do...and make decisions based on what I know to be his desires. I try to live my life in a way that will make him proud and that will allow me to one day embrace him with a clear conscience. I try my best to love my family as I was loved growing up. I try and treat my children with respect, but to also guide them as they try and find their place in this world. I try to be the husband my wife wanted to marry when she was a kid. I try and always let her know how important she is to me. I try and be an example to others. I try and stand up for what I believe and know to be right. And everytime I fall down, I try my best to get up and keep walking forward.