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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Mormon. I am a native of California. I am a Graphic Designer. I love being a member of the Church.

About Me

I am married and have five children. I have spent a lot of time playing basketball, softball, dirt bike riding, waterskiing, snow skiing, golfing and going to a lot of "car shows" featuring muscle cars from the 1960's.

Why I am a Mormon

I have read the Bible and I know it is true... that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God the Father. I have also read the Book of Mormon. It backs up the Bible and proves Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. The Book of Mormon was "abridged" by one of the last Prophets in about 400 A.D. whose name was Mormon. The record covers about 1,000 years of history, from 600 B.C. to 421 A.D. It tells of the visit Jesus Christ made to the American continent after his crucifixion and resurrection in the Old World, as recorded in the New Testament. The New Testament testifies of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and His literal resurrection. I have knelt on my knees and asked God if the Book of Mormon is true. By the power of the Holy Ghost I received a witness of it's truthfulness. I have witnessed and been personally involved with many miracles in my life associated with fasting and prayer and the faith in Jesus Christ. I have tried to live my life by following what the Savior would want me to do. It has brought me personal happiness that I find hard to describe in words, but I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings true lasting peace in a persons life. I have experienced many trials in my life, as I know most people have, and I can not imagine how people get through life without a loving relationship with their Father in Heaven. I know he loves each of us more than we ever thought possible. Pray to Heavenly Father about the things you learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - that is how the Holy Ghost reveals truth.

How I live my faith

I am self employed and have been in business in the San Francisco bay area for a long time. I am pretty certain that all my clients over the years have found out I am a Mormon at some point in our relationship. I have enjoyed asking them "Do you know why we are called Mormons?" and then explaining it to them. I realize that people meet me or any other member of the Church and view us as "mini-Mormon Churches" - I mean we a judged by our actions and people hold us to what seems a higher standard and whatever we do or don't do, the Church is somehow held accountable. Whether it is right or fair is probably not really the issue. What is the issue in my opinion is the fact that we testify to the world that we are lead by a Latter-day Prophet, just like Abraham or Moses. That Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God. So, if asked the question "If you knew that God had appeared to a Prophet in our day would you be interested in knowing what he had to say?" - That is the message each of us members of the Church hope to tell our friends and loved ones. I have enjoyed being a member and teaching young people about the "plan of happiness". I honestly know there are correct principles or rules that make us happy. I compare it to playing Basketball. If you want to play basketball and really get good at it, there are rules to the game that you will have to learn and follow if you want to play, get good at it and win.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Steve
I ask friends "Do you know why we are called Mormons?". They usually know that it is a "nickname" but they don't know why the name "Mormon". So, I draw a simple world map with the Continents and start in Jerusalem 600 B.C. when a prophet by the name Lehi was commanded by the Lord to leave and take his family and eventually sail to the New World. From 600 B.C. until 421 A.D. (1,000 years) a record is kept and handed down from generation to generation, from prophet to prophet and the Lord's dealings with them are recorded, along with many experiences they have. One of the last of the prophets was also a record keeper by the name of Mormon. He abridges the 1,000 year history of his people onto one set of plates called the "Plates of Mormon" which he made. His son, Moroni, eventually buries the Plates in 421 A.D. - the plates laid buried until soon after Joseph Smith's First Vision in 1820 A.D. with God the Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him they had a work for him to do. One of the things they wanted Joseph to do was to translate the "Plates of Mormon" for us to be able to read. When Joseph finished the translation, he published it as "The Book of Mormon". The highlight is the appearance of the resurrected Jesus Christ to the people on the American continent in the year 34 A.D. The Book of Mormon proves the Bible is true, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, the resurrected Savior or the World. Show more Show less