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Hi I'm Wes Stephenson

I'm currently going to college. I'm an aspiring web developer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I play the trombone. I am a runner. I love to learn. I also love to eat. The actual reason why I go running and exercise is so I can eat more. I love having a good time with my friends. I am going to College at Utah State University in Logan, UT for a degree in MIS. I've studied accounting and, unlike many others, I actually enjoyed it. I have a wonderful family. We've done lots together. I returned home from my 2-year mission in June of 2015. It was a wonderful growing experience for me. I have come to know my Savior on a much more personal level. One way that I continue learning more about my Savior and continue to feel the Holy Ghost is by daily reading from the scriptures. I love the message that Book of Mormon and the Bible have about Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

After our family moved from Michigan to Utah the veil of youthful oversight got removed from my eyes a little bit. I started to think about things for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I started to think about the religion that I have claimed to be a member of. I would say that although I had been a member before then, I started to become converted to Christ more fully then. I started to devote myself to learning of Him and His true gospel. What really helped me was the feeling of closeness that I started to feel with God. I truly felt like I was doing what he wanted me to do as I stayed active in the church and active in the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me to feel good about myself despite my personal weaknesses and slip-ups. It has brought, and continues to bring, my family closer and closer together. Me being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives me meaning and purpose to life. It helps me see who I really am. I am a son of the Living God, my Heavenly Father. I know that as I live His gospel and as I am faithful to Him that I will be able to live with Him again after I die. I am eternally grateful to my God for this knowledge and testimony. The reason why I am still serving and still learning and still remaining true and faithful to God is because I know that it is what I need to do. I wouldn't have it any other way. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer. Through His Atonement I can be forgiven of all my shortcomings.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith now is by being the best that I can be. I'm not perfect at it and I mess up many times, but I keep working at it. From June 2013 to June 2015 I served in the California Roseville Mission. Basically, the area it covers is most of Northern California. It was hard and happy work. I am grateful every day for the opportunity that I have been given to share what I know with other people and to see it bless their lives as they begin to live it. Going to the temple often is another way for me to show God my devotion to Him. I love the deep feelings of peace there. There I feel closer to God than I feel anywhere else. Another way that I live my faith is by striving to improve myself each day in different areas and disciplines in life. I know that as I learn more, do more, and become more, that I am doing what I came to Earth to do.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Wes Stephenson
No. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Wes Stephenson
Yes, I believe that God has chosen a prophet today who leads and guides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just as God chose Moses to lead the children of Israel thousands of years ago. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of this time period, or "dispensation", that God's church has been on the earth. Throughout the years that authority to act in God's name as prophet of His church has been handed down through honorable and worthy men that God has called. The man who leads and guides the church in our time is President Thomas S. Monson. In the scriptures it says that by their fruits, ye shall know them. I invite everyone to take a look at the things that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has done and the things that Thomas S. Monson has done and decide for yourselves. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Wes Stephenson
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." - John 3:5 We provide the ordinances that are necessary for our salvation to those who, for one reason or another, couldn't obtain them in this life. An ordinance is an outward expression of our decision to make covenants, or promises, with God. We promise God some things and in return He promises us some things. Because these ordinances are necessary, every single person who has desires to enter into God's kingdom must obtain them before doing so. The people for whom these ordinances are done can choose to accept them or reject them. This shows that God is a loving God and will not force things upon us that we don't want for ourselves. I love and cherish the opportunity that I have to help others come unto Christ by giving them the chance to receive the covenant of baptism. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Wes Stephenson
This is my current understanding of the Atonement, which is that it was the suffering that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went through in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. It was necessary for the salvation of mankind. I know that without it, the entire Plan of Salvation, or God's purpose and plan for us, would be pointless. Because we all sin and are imperfect, we needed someone to pay the price for our sins and our imperfections so we would have the opportunity to return to the presence of God. It was necessary for Christ to sacrifice His life for us. Because He suffered death and overcame it, we can also. He was the first of God's children to be resurrected, or to receive a perfected, glorified body. Because Christ was resurrected, we will be resurrected also. This is a gift to us from our loving Heavenly Father and it was made possible through Jesus Christ and the Atonement. Show more Show less

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

Wes Stephenson
Our church services include three main parts. The most important of these is sacrament meeting. It lasts for a little over an hour, about 70 minutes. In that meeting we open by singing a hymn and saying a prayer. We go over the business of the local congregation and then we have announcements. We then prepare to partake of the sacrament by singing a hymn and hearing the sacrament prayers. I like this time to think about my personal conversion to my Savior and what I am doing in my life that is bringing me closer to Him. It is also quiet time for me to consider things that I need to do to improve myself and things that I need to repent of. For the rest of the meeting we listen to talks prepared by members of the congregation speaking about different gospel topics. We close the meeting with a closing hymn and a prayer. The other two hours or so remaining are used for gospel study and instruction. They are to help us increase our own understanding and testimony of Jesus Christ, and to help others do the same. Visitors are not only welcome, they are highly encouraged. This is why each chapel says "Visitors Welcome"! Not too many people really know how excited we are for visitors. Men and boys generally wear suits or nice pants with a shirt and tie. Women and girls wear dresses or skirts. Don't worry about having children come, we're used to the sound of children at church. To find a local meetinghouse, go onto mormon.org and select "locate a mormon church close by" Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Wes Stephenson
First off, the welfare program of the church is NOT to encourage people to be lazy and to have everything provided by the hard work of other people. It's just the opposite, in fact. The welfare program of the church is there for those who are struggling to provide means for their family. It is also there to provide means for the poor and the needy. It is to help families to become self-reliant. It is to promote the dignity of work. There is security and satisfaction and honor in work that, for some reason, the world today doesn't seem to realize. The church's welfare program does the best job I've seen at restoring that meaning back to the word. Work truly is a blessing, for ourselves and for those it benefits. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Wes Stephenson
YES! Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Wes Stephenson
The people who wrote the Book of Mormon were many ancient prophets who lived on the American continent thousands of years ago. There are writings from prophets that date back to the time of the Tower of Babel! There are also writings from about 600 B.C. to approximately 400 A.D. One of the last prophets to write in the Book of Mormon, who's name was Mormon and who is the person whom the Book of Mormon is named after, compiled the writings and records that had been kept by the people for generations. He said: "Wherefore, I chose these things, to finish my record upon them, which remainder of my record I shall take from the plates of Nephi; and I cannot write the hundredth part of the things of my people. "But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these prophesyings and revelations, and put them with the remainder of my record, for they are choice unto me; and I know they will be choice unto my brethren." (Words of Mormon 1:5-6, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ) After Mormon finished compiling the records and adding words of his own, he handed the records to his son, Moroni, who also added some words of his own and then hid the records safely in a hill called Cumorah. "On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni, then a glorified, resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and instructed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation into the English language." (Introduction, The Book of Mormon) Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Wes Stephenson
When we usually talk about the Word of Wisdom, we usually talk about all of the don'ts of it. There are both do's and don'ts. We are not supposed to put things into our body like tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. The reason WHY is because they are harmful for your body. Those substances cause addictions that make it nearly impossible for us to feel the Spirit. The do's of this commandment are that we should do things that are healthy. We should put things into our bodies that are good and nutritious and that give us healthy energy. These things have been made by God for our benefit. They also help us to feel His Spirit more and to be clearer in mind and body. It's amazing to think that this revelation was received nearly 200 years ago, and only recently has the science community started to realize the blessings from following the Word of Wisdom. While we don't have all of the answers to why there is this health code, we do have this reason: because the Lord has commanded us to follow it. That is enough. That reason alone suffices for any doubts or disbeliefs. How can you know for yourself? Pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him if this will help you to come closer to Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Wes Stephenson
The church's major source of money used for operating comes from the tithing of its members. It is amazing how just ten percent of our inccome can go so far with the church and the things that it does! The command to pay ten percent of our increase was given anciently from the Lord. In the Old Testament, in Malachi chapter 3, verses 8-10 we read about when we pay our tithing to the Lord we are promised that the windows of Heaven will be opened to us and there will be so much blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. I Know that this is true. I have experienced the blessings of it myself. I challenge you to take the Lord up on that challenge. He wants to prove to you that He WILL bless you. We must first act in faith. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Wes Stephenson
Jesus Christ directs His church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that church on the earth today. The way that Prophets and Apostles are chosen is through revelation from God to His servants. Since the death of Joseph Smith, the first prophet in these last days, the next president of the church was Brigham Young. After he passed away, John Taylor, the senior Apostle became the president of the church. The senior Apostle becomes the succeeding president of the church as the previous one passes away. All this is done through proper prayer, guidance, and revelation. The president of the church also selects two counselors to help him lead and guide. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Wes Stephenson
The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name. The priesthood allows us to perform the necessary ordinances for salvation, such as baptism. It also allows us to bless those who are sick or ill or afflicted. Through the priesthood worthy men lead and guide the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a broader level and on a local level. However, the priesthood is not something to use to get gain over someone else. As soon as we try to use the priesthood for something unrighteous, it is taken away from us. The priesthood is here to help us serve others in a selfless way. Nothing we do in the priesthood is for our own benefit. It is always for the benefit of others. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Wes Stephenson
Grace is a gift from God to His children who truly desire that gift in their lives. And like any gift given to someone, there are some things that they need to do in order to accept that gift and benefit from it. In this case, the gift of grace, we need to live our lives in the way that Christ commanded us to. Christ gave us commandments and he told us how to live and how to interact with others. He taught us the things that we need to do in order to live with our Heavenly Father again. Those teachings and guidelines and ordinances constitute the gospel of Jesus Christ. In order for us to apply God's grace to our own lives and be cleansed by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we need to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even those who have lived their lives and have never heard the name of Jesus Christ or who haven't had the opportunity to accept Him and His gospel will have the opportunity after this life. That goes to show that Heavenly Father is a God of love. Show more Show less