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Hi I'm Colter Stewart

I'm a missionary. I love mountains, skiing, and traveling. I'm a physics student at BYU, and I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a sophomore at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but right now I am serving the Lord as a missionary in Taipei, Taiwan. I love serving the people of Taiwan in the name and in the place of Jesus Christ. I hope that I can become more like Him and serve as he would serve. When I return, I will continue to study Physics at BYU. I love to ski more than almost anything in the world. In the winter I go alpine skiing and in the summer I go waterskiing. I grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. I have traveled with my family extensively. Taiwan is the 20th country that I have been to. Out of all the places and wonderful things I have seen, I have never seen anything as beautiful as western Washington. I love mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ for one reason: I know that it is true. I have read the Book of Mormon and can testify of its truthfulness. Every time a peer starts a conversation with me about what Mormons believe, I end it by telling them that any further questions they have about our faith can be answered by reading the Book of Mormon. I do not have a miraculous conversion story and I have not had a life-changing incident that shaped my faith. But small steps that I have taken in the direction of righteousness have led me to know of the truthfulness of a number of things. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church, restored to this earth by the power of God through Joseph Smith, who was a prophet of God. I know that we have a prophet here on the earth today. His name is Thomas. S. Monson and he guides the church by the inspiration he receives from our Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book. I have read it and can testify of the truthful doctrine within it, and can also testify that if we live our lives according to those doctrines, we will truly be filled with joy. I am a Mormon because I know these things, but more importantly, I am a Mormon because when I live the gospel of Jesus Christ, I am truly happy. Obedience to the commandments of God brings joy into my life beyond any other I could possibly attain, and I know that it can do so for anyone.

How I live my faith

I love the scripture found in the first chapter in the book of Romans. Verse 16 reads, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." During my junior year of high school, I became close friends with a girl who asked me why I act the way I do, and why I don't drink alcohol or participate in any other immoral activities that are so popular in the world today. The answer is simple: I am a Mormon. I was able to discuss my faith with her and even share the Book of Mormon with her. I don't know if she will read it, but I do know that she noticed that my everyday actions set me apart from the majority of the students at our school. The best that I can hope for is that the example she saw in me leaves a good impression of the church in her mind. This example shows me that people notice when I do right, and that they notice when I do wrong. I try to live the gospel not by telling people how to live it, but by showing people how to live it. I am nowhere close to perfect, but neither is anybody else. A friend told me recently, "everybody has things wrong with them." That statement could not be more true. I try to forgive people, and I hope that as I make mistakes each day they can forgive me too.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Colter Stewart
We believe that families can live together not only in this life, but together with God after we die as well. We believe that the best place to raise children and to learn to grow and develop is in a family. I am grateful in my life for my family and the example of righteousness that my parents have set for me in my life. My parents taught me by example to be honest with others, to be kind, and to try and always be more like Jesus Christ. Families are important to Latter-Day Saints because we believe that within family relationships, we can experience in this life the joy that will come from living with God and our families together in the next life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Colter Stewart
We do not worship Joseph Smith. If we did, it would probably be his name engraved on all of our chapels and meetinghouses. But the person whose name is engraved there is Jesus Christ, for it is Him, along with God, our Eternal Father in Heaven, whom we worship. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Colter Stewart
Missionaries proselyte so that they can meet people! Our message (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) brings us such happiness that we want to share it with everyone that we meet. And the way that we meet people is by talking to people everywhere! Sometimes this means knocking on people's doors and sometimes it means just stopping and talking to people on the street. As a missionary in Taiwan, I even try to share about the gospel when I am waiting at stoplights. Often people are a little startled when I start to talk to them, but I love telling them that we are just missionaries who want to get to know them and share with them how the gospel can bless and improve their lives. Many people laugh or just don't listen. But many of them do, and that is what keeps me going. The only way to find people interested in our message when we are out on the street is to talk to them, so that's what we do! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Colter Stewart
My understanding of faith and experiences with exercising faith have led me to believe that faith is a principle of both trust and action. For example, if I wanted to learn to play the cello, I could envision myself as a great cello player. I could even set goals and make plans to help me learn the cello and become a great cello player. But unless I go pick up a cello and find a teacher, and then practice every day, then I won't learn the cello! Faith works the same way. We can learn about Jesus Christ and His Gospel by reading the scriptures or even just searching around on this website, but we cannot develop our faith until we try to live by the principles that we learn. Therefore faith is more than a belief; it is a trust in God that leads us to believe that He knows what is better for us than even we do, and then following the example of His Son and His commandments in order to recieve the many blessings that He has promised to give us if we do. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Colter Stewart
Stopping the addicting and destroying influence of pornography starts, first and foremost, within ourselves. Each of us must resolve to avoid pornography at all costs. Once we have made this resolve, our responsibility then moves to our home. Each of us has the power to influence righteousness within our own homes, and as we strive to avoid any chance of encountering pornography within our homes, we will recieve the strength we need to influence others to do so as well. I personally believe that nothing in the world will destroy our values, our morals, even our souls, faster than pornography will. Addiction to pornography has the capability to tear apart strong, loving relationships. It has the capability to destroy homes and family relationships. And it has the capability to wipe away the influence of God in our lives. On the contrary, as each of us strives to do our part to avoid pornography and all of its influences, our relationship with God, our families, and those we love will be strengthened. We will feel a greater love for those around us. We will feel greater happiness and peace in our lives. I know that these things are true. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Colter Stewart
Jesus Christ chooses the prophet. To some, that may sound like a pretty presumptious belief that we hold. But who called Moses to be a prophet? Who called Abraham? Indeed, if the Lord Jehovah (Jesus Christ) did call these two to guide the Lord's people in times of old, then it is Him who must call anyone to guide His people today. If this really is the true church of Jesus Christ (and it is), and there truly is a prophet of God leading it (and there is), then nobody else but Jesus Christ has the authority to decide who that prophet will be. Because He lives, we know that He is able to guide His church today through His chosen prophet. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Colter Stewart
No. The church does not endorse political parties. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Colter Stewart
I have had just a few experiences with people who believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a cult. In each of these, I often ask these people simple questions, such as "do you know what we believe?" or "Have you looked into, read, or researched any of the material we claim as doctrine?" (for example, the Bible or the Book of Mormon). Each time, the people who claim we are a cult either answer "no" to these questions, or their response is not in harmony with what we teach. In such a case, I do my best to explain to them what we actually believe, and that our doctrine is that of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I firmly believe that anyone who sincerely looks into what we believe will realize that we are not, in fact, a cult. Show more Show less