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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a friend, a business owner, a life coach, a tech expert, and: I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve lived in Washington nearly all my life. When I was 10 years old, my father and mother and I climbed into our Suburban to go to a church activity. We turned onto Avondale rd, and had maybe reached 30MPH, when a woman crossed over the centerline and hit us. The doctors said that it was equivalent to us going 100MPH at a brick wall. Needless to say, several medical needs developed out of this, but I will not paint that picture now. It's been almost 14 years since the car accident. True, there was a time that it filled me with bitterness and resentment towards God. But pushing God away in those moments when you feel so low, only helps you feel lower. Now that I’m older, I try to live my life each day and serve and love people as much as I can. I’ve learned that often times we are oblivious to the real challenges people around us face. So I've kind of figured it's up to me, having known the sorrow of such experiences, to serve and lift and love those around me, who suffer in like manner. I’m not perfect at it, sometimes I would rather be lazy and play video games. But I do it each day because people need to know there's a God. People need to know they're loved by Him; and People need to know that they are never as alone in their trials as they think. Never. So if I see you, when I'm out today, at work, or school; I might walk up and talk to you if you look sad. Understand it's because I know what you're going through, and I know there is light at the end of every tunnel.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Christian is the easiest way to live life! No really! It is! I mean, don't get me wrong... I tried living my life without any sort of commandments, rules, or restrictions, but it literally felt like hell on earth (at least to me). Ever since I made the firm decision to live by the commandments and be a good christian, I have felt at peace with life. Not like the challenges stop coming, but rather I feel the personal inner strength to cope and deal with each one individually. Now, why I'm a Mormon over any other Christian faith is also simple. I prayed, and asked God "Is the Book of Mormon True?". I prayed with sincerity of heart, real intent, and a faith in Christ that God would answer my prayer. I got an answer, and I've been here ever since. It doesn't mean that I don't have my doubts at times. But every time I do, I take them to the Lord in Prayer, in the same Spirit and manner, and I always, always get an answer. Whether that's a "Yes", or "No", or "No Answer" (which is still technically an answer if you know how God speaks to you), God always answers my prayers.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith in a "Practical Christianity" sort of way. I mean, it doesn't do much good to profess something I don't practice? That's Hypocrisy! So I try to set a little goal each day or each week in which I can magnify some Christlike attribute, or work on a commandment I may be struggling with. My dad always said "You know... being perfect (as we are commanded to be) is kind of like eating an Elephant. You do it one bite at a time." That's kind of how I live my life. I try to do my best today, and the next day, and the next day. Every once in a while I lose it and I'll go do something crazy. But I know my craziness (sitting on the couch eating chips and staying up watching TV shows) isn't nearly as bad as what it could be had I given up because of things with the car accident. I feel the key thing is to never get discouraged. Satan's number one tool is discouragement. Because if we can just feel lousy about our lives and ourselves in general, then it's easy to destroy Faith and Hope, and Charity and every other good thing we might be trying to work on! Doing the things good people do, will not give us the blessings good people receive, if we cannot believe in our minds as we do it that we are good people. So Do Good. Believe. Be Happy.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Stephen
Short Answer: God. God wrote the Book of Mormon. Long Answer: God works through men to the blessing all mankind. "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, except He revealeth he secrets unto his servants the Prophets." Thus God has inspired men from time to time to write concerning the revelations He gives them. These inspired men, called prophets, wrote; Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Matthew, Luke, etc. You know them. They're in the Bible. I quoted one of them (Amos) above. Now these prophets writings were separate and distinct when written, so some people compiled the scripture into the Bible we have now. But just because the Prophets writings were compiled into one book does that mean that there will be no more Prophets? Or no more writings? Of course not. The Book of Mormon was written by several similarly inspired Prophets; Nephi, Jacob, Moroni, Enos, etc. They were prophets of God among his people living in the Ancient Americas (God cares about them too!). They wrote and these many writings were engraven on plates for years and years until one Prophet, Mormon, was commanded to compile them, so he did, with the help of Moroni his son. So to sum it up: Ancient american prophets, called and inspired of God, wrote portions of the book of mormon, just like prophets wrote portions of the bible. These were compiled, just like the bible, by a man named Mormon, thus it's name: Book of Mormon. However, the Book of Mormon, just like the Bible, was written by God, for us. Show more Show less