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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a struggling college undergrad. I'm a triathlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a busy college undergrad currently studying international economics. I'm a triathlete, with running as my passion. After I get home from my mission, I'm going to begin training for a marathon. I relax by listening to a variety of artists over a variety of genre's (sorry, not country--I hate country with an irrational passion). Sleeping is probably my best friend, one that I never get to hang out with it. I love and look up to my two older sisters and pick on my little brother more than I should. My parents are my role models, and I look up to them so much. I'm currently serving a mission in Budapest, Hungary, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Hope. This church provides me with enough hope to get up in the morning with an assurance that if I make the right choices in the day, I can go back to live with our Heavenly Father. When I don't make the right choices--something that happens more often than not sometimes--the Church provides with the hope and the security that I can repent and come back to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without this church, I am confident in admitting that I do not know where I would be in life. It provides me with comfort. It provides me with a ward family, full of support and love. It provides me with a comfort and a knowledge in knowing that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he truly did die for me. Whenever I get down, or when I am going through a particularly hard time in my life, I remember what I have learned in church, and that is Christ knows what I'm going through. He feels my pain. He feels my inadequacies. He heals and completes both of those. He makes up the difference through his grace. I love this church, not because of the structure of the church, but because of what it teaches: Hope and Truth, found through Him.

How I live my faith

I've chosen to go on a mission so that I can give others the opportunity to feel what I've felt: Christ's love. It is hard work, but I also know it can be the most rewarding. To see the light of Christ brighten in someone else's life is truly a blessing and a miracle from God. Everytime it happens, it helps my light to grow as well as my family's back at home. Blessings come from large sacrifices, I know it. I've felt it.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

If you truly want to know if Mormonism is true, or even if you just want to know what we believe, find out for yourself. That is one of the greatest things about this church, that the emphasis is personal knowledge. We are taught not to follow blindly what our leaders say, or even what the Book of Mormon says. We are to ask through personal prayer and study if the these things are true. Simple as that. You can find this doctrine in the book of Moroni (in the Book of Mormon) chapter 10. In these verses, we are promised that as we ask God with an open mind, he will tell us and show us the truth in it through the Holy Ghost. I encourage you and a I challenge you to take advantage of this promise. Read the Book of Mormon. Ask God if it is true, and you will have a powerful confirmation in your heart, I promise you that. Show more Show less