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Hi I'm Steve Hodson

I am the youngest of 5, I love burritos, I am studying business management at BYU-I, I am blissfully in love, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I claim the lucky title of "youngest" in the family. I have 2 older brothers and 2 older sisters, all of which are married and have kids. I have a plethora of hobbies: tennis, basketball, snowboarding, ultimate frisbee, eating burritos, playing MarioKart 64, dancing til I can't dance no more, etc. One of my favorite places on the whole earth is the driving range, where I can sit, think, and hit golf balls as hard as I can and not feel bad about it. I love being with friends and trying to make new ones, because who doesn't like to have friends?! I just returned from Russia on a 2 year mission for the church, and I loved every second of it. I am madly in love with Kelsey Murphy, who I am going to be married to in February of this year. I am currently a student at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, in hopes that one day I can become as good of a salesman as my Dad, who I still haven't beat at one on one basketball to this day. My mother has also been a huge influence to me and has helped me through difficult times and has always been there for me. My siblings are some of my closest friends as I have grown up, and as I still grow up. Essentially, as they say, my life is bliss.

Why I am a Mormon

Frankly, this church has been my life since I was born. My parents raised me and my syblings to know and follow the teachings of the church. It is pretty short and simple when it comes down to why I still to this day am a member of the Mormon church: life is beautiful with it. I can say that if all other worldly things weren't around me, that I would still live a happy life because of my membership in the church. Of course that is easier said than done, but if this is true, then what else matters? Though I have never seen God face to face, I see His influence in my daily life, that help me to know that He is there, listening, caring, and ready to come and help, when I turn to Him for it first. Jesus Christ is my best friend. When things get tough, or when things are great, He is there crying with me, or rejoicing in my successes. With them, and a knowledge of what this life is about, and what I can become in the long run, I am truly grateful that the Gospel has been a part of my life for so long, while I have only began to truly grasp the meaning of it all as of late. There is no turning back once you are on this path, but why would you even want to? There is nothing you could trade for the Gospel of Jesus Christ that would be of greater value.

How I live my faith

I love being in the church and participating in all that it has to offer. In the ward that I am in, I help to plan activities. Anything from BBQs to dodgeball, which is a great combination if I do say so myself. I love teaching Gospel classes when I am asked to on Sundays, because sometimes the lesson benefits me more than it does the people that I teach. Servicing others in any way possible is one of the ways, in my life, that leads to happiness. There are chances to serve all around, both large and almost seemingly insignificant, that can make the biggest difference in someone's life. Daily prayer and scripture reading are as essential and vital to me as eating 3 meals a day. I can cope with the hard days and enjoy the good ones when I do read and pray. The days don't go quite as smooth when I don't make time to read the scriptures, and talk to my Father in Heaven. It helps me to be kinder to those who aren't kind to me, to show increased patience when things don't go my way, and live life the way our Savior Jesus Christ did. This is the only way of life that gives me TRUE happiness.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Steve Hodson
A testimony is a affirmation of a Latter-Day Saint's belief in the most essential doctrines of the Gospel. A testimony is another word for being a witness to something. When someone is a witness of an event or truth, they can then testify of what they believe or know. This is the same with members of the church. The key elements of a testimony are a belief that God is our loving Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ is our Savior from death and sin through the Atonement (the suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and crucifixion on the cross), and that they both live. Other aspects of a testimony include a knowledge that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration of the Church, that we are lead by a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, and that the Book of Mormon and Bible are true scripture containing the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less