What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Stephen

I am a National Guardsman, I am in law school, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and I am a proud father of a 9 month old baby. I am currently serving in the New Hampshire National Guard as a sergeant. I am also in the middle of law school. I am an outdoor enthusiast. I love backpacking, camping, fly-fishing, rock climbing, and hiking. I also play soccer and basketball. I am also a photographer. Some of my outdoor adventures have been a 70 mile solo backpacking trip through the Tetons in Wyoming, a canyoneering trip through the slot canyons of Zion National Park, and a summit climb to King's Peak in the Uinta Mountains. I have also published and sold several photographs.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it brings me happiness. Nothing in this world brings happiness except the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have experienced hard times and know what it means to struggle through life. I tried to find happiness in everything, but the gospel. When I turned my heart to God, my burdens were lifted and happiness came into my life. The gospel gives me the opportunity to live with my wife and son for all eternity. I want that blessing. I want to be with them forever. I discovered that as I live the gospel and keep the commandments, Heavenly Father blesses me and my family more than I could ever imagine. Being Mormon is not a static concept, but a living one. I do not hope or pray in vain for blessings to come, but the blessings are attached directly to the commandments I keep. The more I live the gospel, the more blessings I receive. The only limitations are the ones I put on myself. I love the Savior and He loves me. I know this for myself because I feel His presence every day. I live my faith not based upon the words or teachings of others. I live my faith because I took the time to ask God for myself if this church was true. I asked Him whether the Book of Mormon was His word. I asked Him where to find the truth. The Lord answered. I live my faith because I now know of a surety that this is His church, word, and truth. I know the Lord answers all those who will petition Him. Heavenly Father wants all to find happiness. He asks all to come unto Him and is no respecter of persons. All men are free to partake of the living waters if only they will come unto Him. I know this because I have partaken and continue to drink from the well of life. In return the Lord continues to bless me more and more.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through teaching the gospel, keeping the Sabbath day holy, and serving in the military. Teaching- I teach the youth between the ages of 14-15 every Sunday. This is a great opportunity to explain the teachings of Jesus Christ and to help the youth realize the dangers, temptations, and trials that they face. I love reading the words of the scriptures and explaining the gospel. Sabbath Day I am in law school currently and one the ways I live the gospel is by electing to not study on Sunday. The other law students use this time to build outlines, catch up on reading, and prepare for the upcoming week. I have chosen to obey the commandment to keep the sabbath day holy by not studying on Sunday. In return the Lord has blessed my by strengthening my understanding of the material, providing me with insights, and helping me manage all of my workload efficiently. I have felt the strength of the Lord's hand in my studies and know that it is through Him I am supported. Serving in the Military Many people have asked me how I reconcile my military life with the principles of the gospel. I simply reply that it has always been within the gospel to stand for the principles of freedom, righteousness, and equality. Although the political reasons may vary, the Army values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage are all values of the gospel and the Lord. I support and hold these values duly with the military and as a Mormon. The soldier defends this nation against the powers and countries that would take away the freedoms that have allowed me to share the words on this page with you, the reader. I love my country, I love my God, and I live my faith through standing up against those that would strip myself or others of freedom.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a compilation of writings by prophets that lived upon the American Continents. The Book of Mormon is named after one of these prophets, who abridged and compiled the writings of these prophets. The Book of Mormon testifies of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Christ's visit to the Americas after His resurrection, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and supports and verifies the teachings of the Bible. Show more Show less