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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a Mormon. But before October 3 2010 I was not. I play sports, baseball for 15 years, basketball still, was a football captain

About Me

I have played a lot of sports in my life, and now I am physically active running, jumping in cold rivers, skateboarding, skating, snowboarding, and other things. I joined the church October 3, 2010, and as I write this it is a year later almost exactly. Ill tell you about my life before and after. When I was 15 I was heartbroken by a girl. I then set out to learn "the game." I played this game with women until freshman year of college. At 15, as a freshman in high school we are easily influenced by our peers. I smoked weed for the first time and loved it. Also drank for the first time and loved it. I smoked and drank until freshman year of college, and experimented with extasy, mushrooms, and salvia. I also smoked cigarettes. But then something happened. I realized my life didn't make sense. I didn't know what was real, or the truth, and very important things were missing from my life. My life seemed fake. It was. Everything I 'enjoyed' or was 'happy' about wasn't genuine. I set out to find what I was missing. Because I played games in relationships, I was missing true love. I sought this. Because I only had friends who got me things, I was missing real friends and community who really care about me for who I am. Because I used drugs and alcohol for fun, and tobacco to relieve stress, I lost the concept that I can have fun playing games and sports. I forgot how to have fun and I see this in a lot of people. I developed bIpolar. I got arrested. Things were going terrible.

Why I am a Mormon

When my life was at the lowest it could be and I was bitter towards people, hurt, and thinking life sucks, I created in my mind how I would love things to be. Here's what I wanted. I wanted a loving family who supports each other, says I love you, the kids are taken care of well, respect is huge, and it is strong. I wanted a community, a group of people that I care about and knew well, who could support me in many different ways. I wanted peace, love and happiness in myself. I wanted a world that was loved and taken care of by everyone, safe, and friendly. I wanted the future generations to have a better world than the one we have now. While I had these ideas in my mind, I reflected upon the Mormons I knew growing up. I used to think they were weird, didn't drink or party, always happy and having a ton of energy, and thought about their lives. I remembered how loving their families were and how they supported them in the baseball games. I remembered how they meet for three hours every Sunday, and always seemed to know each other. I remembered how they were all in honors classes and all really kind smart happy kids. I went to investigate this church with my friend Jesse who had joined a few months earlier. I found everything I needed and wanted. I had hope for the future again. My bitterness left. I took the lessons. It was tough making the decision to get baptized, it is easy to not commit to things. But I knew what I wanted, and the way to get it was to join and get baptized.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as best as I can. I continually learn. Sometimes I mess up, and then I fix it. I continually share my beliefs with members and non-members. I am Jewish born, read the Koran and believe it, love Buddha and hindu beliefs, do yoga, go to nature school, and always put Christ first in all of these things. I am truly blessed because of it.