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Hi I'm Daniel Stephenson

I grew up in a little town called Delta. I helped build a hospital in Guatemala. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy doing things outside. I love hiking and playing sports. My favorite sports are water polo and ultimate frisbee. I was in the band at my high school and I play the trumpet. I was also in the choir. Now I am on my mission. I am going to the Philippines and I am very excited. I am learning Tagalog. It is pretty hard, but I know that I will be able to speak it someday. I grew up in a great home with my nine other siblings. We have a great family and are strong in the gospel. My sister just passed away and it was really hard for all of us. We pulled through though and we are stronger now than before. I haven't been accepted to any college's yet. I have this strange hobby of making snowflakes from paper. It is quite entertaining actually. Other hobbies that I have include swimming and building things. I like making things from wood. It is lots of fun. I enjoy helping others in any way that I can. It brings joy to my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. I grew up in the church, so when I was younger it was just what we did. I thought that everyone was Mormon. Then I came to realize that I had to make the choice to be a Mormon. I studied the Book of Mormon very thoroughly. Well as much as a ten year old would. Then I got the end and read a promise. It said that if I would ask then I could know for myself. So I knelt down and prayed. I didn't really feel anything. I didn't have this huge experience. In fact, I still was clueless. I had no idea if it was right or not. So I continued being a Mormon just because that was all I knew. Then I went to EFY. It is a camp that teaches you a little about the church and helps you grow in the gospel. While I was there, I remembered this question that I had. I still didn't know if the church was true, so I prayed again. Still nothing came. Then I was sitting in a class at this EFY. While I was there, this overwhelming feeling came over me, and I knew without a doubt that this church was true. I know now that Heavenly Father loves me and that he truly wants me to be happy and return to live with him. I know that the prophet Joseph Smith was called of God and that he restored the true church to the earth. I found out that the answers may not come when you want them to, but they will come when you need them. God has a different clock than us, and He will give us answers when it is best for us. All we can do is continue in trying to be like Jesus. He is the best example, and if we strive to be like Him we will never go wrong. I know that He suffered and died for me and everyone else who has lived, is living, and will ever live upon this earth. He did it because He loves each of us and He wants us to be happy and return to our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

A couple of my brothers and I just went to Guatemala. We went down there with a humanitarian group and helped build a hospital. It was a very good learning experience for me. I saw how the people lived and how well they worked. I fell in love with the people down there and I didn't want to leave. My brothers were the same way. We did have to come home though as everyone does. Anyway in my community I have helped with many service projects. Most of them were for my friend's Eagle Scout Projects. We helped out at the museum and oiled an old cabin for them. I put ramps in the sidewalk at the corners of the blocks so there was wheelchair access. It was very fun to me, but it was a lot of work. My family also participates in as many ways as possible. We have cut our neighbors grass and we have raked up their leaves. We did that for as many of the elderly people as we could. It was so much fun to spend the time with my family and to be helping someone out. Also, I would like to add my mission on to the list. It is a very big part of living my faith. I am giving two years of my life to Jesus Christ. He has called me to the Philippines and I will go because it is His will for me. I could be home going to school and working, but I choose to be here helping other people come to Christ. It is a trade that I would make any day of my life. I would give all my time here on the earth to help others come to know of Jesus Christ and live His gospel. It is an amazing experience to be here.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Daniel Stephenson
A Mormon lifestyle is very like any other. We learn as much as we can and we get jobs and serve God. So the way that we live is much like what everyone else does, but there are some differences. One thing is we believe in serving others. We will spend as much time as we can in the service of our fellow men and women. We believe that "when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God." We serve in many ways. The most important is missionary work. I am currently on my mission, and my whole purpose is to bring people closer to Christ. We believe that "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God." The only reason that we serve missions is to help others. We want all of our brothers and sisters to return to live with God, and we have the knowledge they need. I am not perfect in what I know. There are people who know a lot more than me, but I know that God loves everyone and wants us all to be happy. We are all meant to have joy in this life. We want everyone to find joy, so we spend two years trying to help them come "home." Another way that we live is by making communities better. We try to be the best people we can be. We are not perfect, but we try. God knows the desire of our heart, and He will bless us if it is in the right place. So as we strive to be the best we can be we will be blessed and eventually become perfected in Christ. This is what I believe, but I want you to find your own answer. God loves you and will help you always. Show more Show less