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Hi I'm Stan

I'm a Manager, Copywriter, Amateur Historian & Bachelor. I'm a convert, my neighbors call me Smiley, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most people think of "Mormons" as some weird group of folks that live in Utah. They all have beards, wear funny hats, and can't dance because it's a sin. I live in Alabama. I'm clean shaven. I look too funny wearing hats to wear them. And I am one amazing dancer. So most folks have no idea what us Mormons are really like. As a typical twenty-something in the twenty-first century, I am slightly addicted to my smartphone, and I Google any and everything that I have a question about in life. "Just Google it," could very well be my slogan. I work full-time in a medical billing office right now and I'm saving to go back to school and earn a degree. I love my family, I have a deep passion for writing, and I like reading about history and politics much more than any normal person. I'm also on a full-time quest to find my future wife. Sometimes I think that is a harder job than my real job. Granted, being single has its benefits...I just can't name any of them... In my spare time I enjoy getting out in nature, traveling, spending time with my friends, kicking back and enjoying a good movie, blogging, and underwater basket weaving. I also like to joke around and have a good time (which is especially hard to do when I'm underwater doing my basket weaving). I'm a son, a friend, a soon-to-be published author, an amateur historian, a patriot, a bachelor, and I'm a Mormon. My neighbors call me Smiley, but you can call me Stan.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah as a Lutheran kid around a lot of Mormons. - To say that I felt left out would be an understatement. - But as I approached my teenage years I began to question many things that I had grown up learning from the Bible. Why was I sprinkled as a baby to be baptized? Where was the structure that seemed to exist in the Church during the New Testament? Why was I taught that God and Jesus Christ were just one Being instead of two distinct individuals as was so plainly taught in the scriptures? Luckily I had grown up raised by a single mother who encouraged my quest for answers. One of my best friends growing up was always inviting me to church, or a "Family Home Evening", or some church activity. After years of invitations and literally hundreds of very frank rejections, he sent missionaries to my front door. Despite my initial hesitancy to meet with them, when they first taught me I felt a warmth and certainty of truth that I had never felt before. After study, prayer, and confirmation from the Spirit of God, I came to know that Jesus Christ had restored His Church to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. As a convert, and the only active member of the Church in my family, life hasn't always been easy. However, as I've lived my life in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ I have experienced more peace and joy in my life than I could possibly put into words. I love the story of the Savior teaching His apostles in Cæsarea Philippi and asking them as a group what other's were teaching about Him. Many thoughts were shared, but it was Peter who said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." To which the Lord said, "Blessed art thou [Peter]: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Likewise, I feel as Peter. Flesh and blood, logic and reasoning, and nothing else could bring me to become a Mormon, but a conviction from the Lord that this is His Church. I'm a Mormon because it's true.

How I live my faith

The Apostle Paul wrote that we should become living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God (see Romans 12:1). As a Christian it is important for me to live my life in such a manner that others can feel the Savior Jesus Christ's love through me. Today I live in Alabama and serve assisting the full-time missionaries in my congregation. I love more than anything helping our missionaries go out and teach others the eternal truths that I've been so blessed to learn in my life. There is nothing greater than kneeling with a family and teaching them how to pray to God, and seeing that relationship with their Heavenly Father begin to grow. One of my assignments is to teach the Sunday School class in my congregation for visitors, new Church members, or recently returning members of the Church. We are very informal, but have a blast each Sunday trying to get just a little bit closer to living God's Will for our lives. Living my faith also means serving others outside of the walls of our church. When there's a tornado in my neck of the woods, that means grabbing the chainsaw and helping folks tarp up their roofs. When there's a hurricane that's hit the Gulf of Mexico, that means traveling with my fellow Latter-day Saints and spending a weekend or two helping complete strangers clean up their neighborhoods. When there's someone who has had their car break down in the middle of the road, it means I stop what I'm doing to help them push their car to safe place, or stay with them until they have a ride, or giving them a ride myself. I think the Lord's words about serving others is applicable to almost every social interaction we have daily: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (See Matthew 25:31-46). I try to live my faith by standing as a witness of Jesus Christ at all time and in all places, even when it's not the social norm. And in so doing I've been blessed and have seen the lives of other's blessed also.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Stan
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and has always called prophets to lead His covenant people. He does the same today just as He did anciently. The current prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. As President of the Church he holds the priesthood keys (power and authority) necessary to allow us to partake of ordinances such as baptism, the laying on of hands to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and many others. As Mormons we believe in that Jesus Christ has restored His Church just as it was built up anciently, namely with apostles and prophets to help perfect the Saints and lead us back to Christ (see Ephesians 2:19-20 and Ephesians 4:11-12). Show more Show less