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Hi I'm Stephen!

I am from Idaho Falls, I love music and the outdoors, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Stephen, and I am in my early twenties. I am from Idaho Falls, Idaho and I love it there! Music, science and the outdoors are my favorite. I enjoy playing the piano, sinnging, dancing, listening to Jack Johnson and Norah Jones, and I am currently hoping to learn to play the Ukelele. I come from a big family, and I am so blessed. Really, my family are my best friends. It wasn't always that way though. When I was younger we got along like normal siblings. Sometimes we fought, sometimes we didn't. But, as I got older I decided that I wanted to become friends with all of my siblings, and they are the greatest people ever! Outside of following Christ, becoming friends with my family is the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. I am going to college at BYU, Provo, studying Nutritional Science. I'm planning on taking that and going to medical school in Pittsburgh, and then becoming a family doctor for a small community. The outdoors call to me, and I love nothing more than some quiet time outside, looking at the stars overhead.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I had some serious doubts about the time I hit my teens. I talked to my parents about some of my doubts, and they did their best to help me through the tough times. Because I love and respect my parents so much, I trusted them and decided to stick with the church. Not only that, but nothing else seemed to bring the same happiness that the lds church and the Savior's gospel do. By the time I became about eighteen or nineteen I had a testimony again, simply from going to church and doing the things I was supposed to. I applied for a mission, which means that for two years of my life I spend time teaching Jesus Christ's gospel, and giving service to everyone I can. It was early in my mission that I was approached by a man who began to antaganize the church. He posed a lot of questions that I couldn't answer, and he really shook my testimony. I went home that night greatly upset. What I had thought was true all of my life didn't seem to be true anymore! So I did exactly what I thought was best. I prayed. A lot. On top of that I decided that if I wanted to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet, I had better gain a sure witness of whether or not the Book of Mormon was true. I had read the book of Mormon several times before this, but never with such intent and sincerity. As I read, a joy and a knowledge of the Savior of the World entered my heart. It was indescribable. Because I really, sincerely wanted to know, and because I had put in effort to seek for the answer, Heavenly Father blessed me with my very own testimony. I now know for a fact that Jesus is the Christ. This knowledge came from the Holy Ghost, and the Book of Mormon was the instrument through which the Lord worked. I also know that through Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of all of our sins, and we can be healed and helped. Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God, and the Book of Mormon is from God. You can read it, and find out for yourself!

How I live my faith

In addition to serving a full time mission, sharing the gospel, I try my best to live a Christ-like life. I love giving service to anyone I can, and nothing makes me happier than being able to cheer someone up on a rough day.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Stephen!
YES! Visitors are always welcome! Church services consist of three hours. The first hour we sing hymns, take communion, pray, and hear two or three talks from the local members (they are warned ahead of time. Don't worry that you'll get called out of the congregation to speak!) The second hour is sunday school, where we study as a group the scriptures. It's divided into age appropriate groups. Then the third hour is divded as well. The youth, the men and the women are taught seperately from each other. The youth are helped with preparation with life in general and with their responsibilities as followers of Christ, and then the adult men are taught how to be better father's and husbands, and how to follow Christ. The women are taught how to follow Christ more closely, and how to be a better wife and mother. Show more Show less