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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm an ambitious teen. I have an intense passion for music and love the English language. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in a lot of ways your average teen, but in a lot of ways not. I put about four to five hours a day into mastering the piano (jazz and new-age composition especially), violin, percussion, keytar, and whatever else I might be working on musically. The school helps with a lot of this, as I'm a part of the Jazz Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Concert Band, and Musical Pit Orchestra. I plan on eventually leaving college with a major in English and minor in Music, but I have absolutely no idea what I'd like to do for a living. I absolutely love being involved, whether that's volunteering at a retirement center once a week, being an active and avid member of speech and debate, being a Boy Scout, or being a part of a variety of school clubs. Otherwise, I'm a huge fan of comic book heroes, like to watch football, love to make food, and love eating it even more. I'm the oldest kid in the family, with three younger sisters, two of which still under the age of 8. I'm a Junior with probably too many AP classes for my own good, and I'm hoping for a bright and successful future!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of this church has most definitely been the best thing that has happened to me. I was indeed born into it, but that does not mean by any means that I haven't gone through just as much conversion as anyone else. Over many years of prayer, study, pondering, and the many little miracles of life, I have learned and continue to learn for myself the truthfulness of this gospel, and I have become so much a better person because of it. I have a firm and unwavering testimony in our savior, Jesus Christ, and the miracle of the atonement that makes it possible for me to return to him. I know that I am a child of God, who has a plan for me. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, along with all other Standard Works, and know with a surety that they are true, and that with sincere prayer and study anyone may be able to know of their truth and apply them to their own lives. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, chosen to restore the gospel to this dispensation, and that we have living prophets today. I know that missionary work is an essential and blessed part of my faith, and look forward to serving a full-time two year mission more than anything else in the world besides perhaps being sealed to my wife and children in the temple in years to come. I know that through the temple I may be sealed to my family for time and eternity, and that the temple is the most sacred place on this earth. Above all, I know that the church is true, and love living and obeying every single aspect of it.

How I live my faith

The church has offered me countless opportunities to serve and develop my talents. I have served callings in the past as secretary and president of my age-group of young men, but I currently serve a completely different calling as the Ward Choir Pianist. I love being able to accompany the choir every Sunday, and it's very satisfying to see the final result of weeks of practice when we perform in sacrament meeting. I generally spend about 7 hours at the church every Sunday, and they are always the highlight of my week. Starting on my bike at 6:50 am, I head out for Mission Prep, probably the best hour of my Sunday, in which a returned missionary (not necessarily recently) gives us youth eager to serve missions in the very near future (I've still got a year and a half until I send in my papers, but most others go with only a year or so to go) advice and instruction on serving a mission, and how we can prepare now so that we're ready to dedicate such a large chunk of our lives to the work. After that, it's an hour of chair setup/personal scripture study, the usual three-hour block of church, and then choir and the occasional fireside (where youth get together to listen to a speaker outside of church). Yup, I love Sundays!