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Hi I'm Sterling

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Oregon. My parents both grew up in the Church and raised me the same. I attend school at BYU-I.

About Me

I grew up liking a lot of different things. I always liked the outdoors and still do, but I do not have the time to go fishing and snowboarding like I used to, however there are even better things that I have been doing with my time. I have a family, a wife and two young kids, so we are pretty busy. I also attend college part-time at BYU-Idaho. One more semester and I will have received my Associates in General Studies! I will still continue to work towards a Bachelors In University Studies with a Minor in Healthcare Administration and another Minor in Marriage and Family Studies. I did not used to like school (and sometimes I still do not) but I have definitely gained a greater love for learning which is a valued principle in my religion. I also Work Full-time for BioLife Plasma Services. They are a great company to work for and the plasma that people donate goes to save lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with active parents in the Church, so I have been exposed to it my whole life. I was baptized when 8 years old because that is the age of accountability that the lord revealed for children to be eligible for baptism. Although I was young and did not understand EVERYTHING, I knew it was the right thing to do and I knew that I wanted to follow Christ. Eventually everyone must gain a complete testimony of the Church for themselves. I think that this happened for me while I was a missionary in Indiana. I went on a mission knowing it was the right thing to do (much like my baptism) but I knew that there were other things at the time that seemed to be more important to me. I decided to go on a mission anyway and I am eternally grateful that I did. I can not imagine what I would be like if I had not gone. It was not the mission that changed me, but the Lord changed me while on my mission. I came to truly love His work and I knew more than anything that this Church is the only true and living church (D&C 1:30). I think that I feel much like how Elder Holland does regarding his mission. He said: “As an experience outside those I’ve had with my parents or my wife and children, my mission was unquestionably the single most important, most pivotal, most persuasive experience in my life. Now that’s a cliche, I know,” Brother Holland adds, “but I think perhaps a mission matters more to some than others, and for me, it meant everything. If I had been hit by a Mack truck, I don’t think it could have been any more stunning or more permanent in its effect. It either substantiated or dramatically changed—in a good way—every goal, feeling, or aspiration I had ever had.” (Marshall, Don. Jeffrey R. Holland: A Style All His Own. Ensign, June 1983.)

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by striving to always keep the commandments of God and serving in His church. Right now I have a few different positions of service in the Church. I direct the cleaning of the church building we attend, I am a home-teacher, which means that I go to the homes of a list of Church members and get to know them, share a message about Christ and His gospel and see if they have any needs or need any service done. I also call fellow home teachers at the end of the month to report their home-teaching results. Continuing my education is another way that I live my faith. We have been counseled by the prophet to "obtain as much education as possible". I do this by attending college to further myself in the world of employment and also by reading the scriptures and the words of the prophets. That has been one of the most important things for me in my life: The scriptures. They help me to keep focused on what the purpose of my life here is, and to remember what Jesus has done for me.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Sterling
I think that this is one of the most important principles to know, that this life has a purpose! We are not here by mistake. I know of no other church or faith that has so many answers to the questions "Where did I come from before earth life? Why am I here on the earth? and Where am I going when I die?". There are answers to all of these questions, and these answers make sense! Although not every little detail has been revealed, we have the answers to the basics, and these answers bring peace of mind to know that we indeed exist for a purpose. In the end, the purpose is that we are to learn and grow to become like God. This is a school ground, a testing center for God to see if we will keep His commandments and follow Jesus Christ in the midst of trial and temptation to do otherwise. Show more Show less