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Hi I'm Stephen Altorfer

I'm 19 years old. I'm a wrestler and a college student. But most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad is in the airforce. As a kid, we moved around a lot. I've lived in multiple areas in Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and Utah. The church was always a place where I could have friends no matter how many times we moved. As a teenager, I actually fell away from the church. I still went, but I didn't want to follow the rules of the church anymore. Thankfully my friends stuck by me. I went out to BYU Provo, simply because it was cheap and I didn't have much money. While I was there, I still had friends that kept with me and didn't leave me alone. I came home from BYU and went to work at a Construction Supply Company. Needless to say, it wasn't a great enviroment for a Mormon lifestyle. I didn't mind much then. After nine months of hard, tiring labor, I quit. I had decided to answer the call I'd known of for years. I decided to serve a full time mission for the Church. Now my faith is strong. Now I know the path I want to follow. Now I can really say that I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised that way. Thankfully, during the times I rebelled, the church was still there. The gospel was still there. It never turned me away. When life was the bitterest. When I felt like I was lost and I didn't know what to do next, it was there. The atonement of Jesus Christ was there to help me and to wash away all of my sins. I was able to find the happiness I so desperately wanted. It had been there for me the whole time, I had just been to stubborn to use it. I was a Mormon because of my parents, I stayed a Mormon because of the love I found through Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I was raised as a member. I was called to serve in the young men's quorums as I grew up. As an adult, I home taught other members. We went out and taught them, strengthened them, and helped them. I got to be a support system for other members, and they became mine. I have recently been called to serve a mission and to spread the Gospel, that way I can be a support system for many people while they learn about Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Stephen Altorfer
The bible is the word of God. While many people believe that the Book of Mormon and other modern revelations replace the Bible, this is not true. The Book of Mormon and other works are additional witnesses to the Divinity of Christ our Savior, and to His love for us. The Bible contains the fulness of the gospel and goes hand in hand with the book of Mormon. They work together as complements niether adding nor detracting from each other. They simply work together. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Stephen Altorfer
The First Vision is the divine witness of God the Father and Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith. As Joseph prayed to know of the truth, They appeared to him. He stated, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which decended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to the other, 'This is My Beloved Son, Hear Him!" In the First Vision, Joseph was called of God to be a Prophet. He was told to join none of the churches, for God had work for him to do. This was the start, the very beginning, the very spark that brought the Church back into the world. It is a witness that Joseph never could or would deny. Joseph did see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They truly did call him to his work with the Church. He was the First Prophet in these Latter-days. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Stephen Altorfer
The name mormon is a nickname. The church's real name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On the front cover of the Book of Mormon it says, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." We belief in Christ and belief that through Him we can gain salvation. We truly do believe that everything is through Christ. He is the center of our Church. We are undeniably and completely Christian. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Stephen Altorfer
After Christ left, He left the apostles with His church organized on the earth. He also left them with the authority to act in His name and to work in His Church. This authority was called the Priesthood. The Priesthood was necessary for the Church to function. It was given to the Apostles, but as time past on they were all killed and all those people whom they had given it too were either killed or fell away. The Priesthood was lost to the earth, and the Church went into apostasy. At the same time, the Bible was picked through. Countless people went throught the Bible removing things and changing things to better form a bible that fit their own ideas and comfort. Because of this, many plain and precious things were taken from the bible. It still contains the gospel and is scripture, but now it is harder to understand and can be taken many ways. In the 1800's, when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Jospeh Smith, the Church Christ established was no longer on the Earth and there were many different forms of the Bible. He called Joseph to restore His Church, and reestablished the priesthood power and authority. Joseph was then led to another record of Jesus Christ, The Book Of Mormon. It acts as a second witness and with it, we can know exactly what God and Christ wants for us through study of the different scriptures. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Stephen Altorfer
We have experienced many blessings come from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the church. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to come unto Christ and partake of His blessings. Our goal as Missionaries is to bring people closer to Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Stephen Altorfer
No, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we only worship and glorify God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. We do have great respect for all of the Lord's chosen prophets. Jospeh Smith endured so much and did so much in the name of Christ, that Mormons do have a very high level of respect for him. We recognize him as a prophet and as a Servant of Jesus Christ, and we are thankful for his willingness to suffer and work as he did, but that is all. We do not worship him, but we are thankful for the things he did because through Jesus Christ, he restored the church and translated the Book Of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Stephen Altorfer
A testimony is our belief and in some cases our knowlegde of the Gospel. It is our witness to the truth of our Church, and of all our beliefs. Some can be simple and short while others are very complex and riddled with countless experiences and stories. Regardless, a testimony borne of the Gospel and of Our Savior will be powerful and strong no matter what form it takes. In times of hardship or grief we can cling to our tesimonies. They act as roots to keep us strong in the Gospel and striving to come closer to Christ. Show more Show less