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Hi I'm Stanford

I'm a lifeguard, I'm a computer geek, I am a missionary serving in the California Ventura Mission. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I read in my spare time, but love to hike, bike, swim, and climb. I spent two summers working as an employee of the BSA teaching scouts to Sail, Kayak, and Canoe. I'm an Eagle Scout. I'm a Debater. I play guitar, but mostly just finger-style. I am planning to attend school at Utah State University at the end of my 2 year mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because no matter how hard life had ever seemed, no matter how confusing my life may have gotten, the Gospel of Jesus Christ always soothed the pain and wiped away my tears. No matter how unsure my faith may have been in the moral tumult of the world, I could always find safe harbor in the Church. I am a Mormon because God sent his son Jesus Christ to die for my sins, and I know that I need to do all I can to show him my gratitude.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I was taught for as long as I can remember to serve others. I remember driving back from shoveling a widows house in the early hours of the morning and asking my Dad, "Daddy, did we just do a good deed?" I spent every fall raking leaves, every winter shoveling snow, and every summer doing yard-work not just because I was following in the footsteps of my father, but more importantly because I had grown to know that through serving others, my testimony of Christ and his great sacrifice for me would be strengthened. I had grown on the principle of "If you love me, feed my sheep". In my senior year of High School I had the blessing of serving the special needs individuals. I never missed a Thursday night activity and the blessings and knowledge I received far outweighed the service I rendered. My special needs youth, whom I was the "buddy" of, taught me more about acceptance and love than a lifetime of schooling ever could. I also live my faith through constant participation. I live by the principle of being dependable, and not doubting my Savior. I have always made sure that when help was needed, when I was being counted on to be there, I would be there on time, and prepared. I lived a life of faith in my Savior Jesus Christ knowing no matter what trial, what pain, or what fear I may have it would be for my benefit and learning. I was taught that fear is the antithesis of faith, so I tried to live by the principle of total faith and trust in God not doubting that he would protect me.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a testament of Jesus Christ and his role as our Savior and redeemer. Through it we learn of Gods eternal plan. Like the Bible it was written by Prophets of God with the purpose to help teach us of our purpose on Earth, and how to live while on it. The Book of Mormon was written by decedents of Lehi and his family who had fled Jerusalem to the American Continent, having a vision of the Destruction of Jerusalem that would soon follow. The last prophet of these descendants of Lehi buried the book to keep it safe and years later it would be revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

We know of the Lords commission to "Go ... and teach all Nations". Though it means more to us than fulfilling a commission of our Savior. Throughout our lives we have seen this gospel bless us, and our families immensely. The testimony we have that we are all sons and daughters of God, coupled with our testimony of the blessings of living the restored gospel drive us to share with others the joy we have felt in our lives. Show more Show less