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Hi I'm Steven Smith

I am 21 years old, I love coding, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Northern Virginia, I am currently serving a mission for the Church in the Panhandle of Florida and Lower Alabama, and I love my family. Before my mission, I worked at a pharmacy and went to two semesters at college for a major in Computer Science. After my mission, I plan to return to college to finish my degree, get married, and work towards getting a good job in cyber security, especially to help protect vital information like pharmacy or hospital records. I like to hang out with my friends, relax by reading a good book, do my Family History, and figure out what is going wrong with a program I am trying to write.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that what I am taught is true, I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and I want others to feel the same way that I feel when I go to Church and other Church related activities.

How I live my faith

Like a lot of 19 year old young men in the Church, I am currently serving a full time mission to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone who is willing to listen.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Steven Smith
Tithing is a voluntary payment of 1/10 of your income and has been around since Old Testament times (Gen 14:17-20 talks about Abraham paying Tithing to Melchizedek) Tithing is how the Church is funded. Tithing goes towards building our Temples and meetinghouses, provides funds for the missionary program, pays for Family History work to be done, and education. Tithing does not go towards paying the bishops or leaders of the Church. Bishops and leaders all have full time jobs and families outside of Church and the position is voluntary. Show more Show less

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

Steven Smith
Q1) What are Mormon Church services like? Mormon Church services consist of three 1 hour blocks. The first hour is usually the family worship service, where everyone meets together in the chapel. We sing a few hymns and have an opening and closing prayer. This meeting is the most important meeting because we are able to take what is called the Sacrament, which is similar to Communion in other churches. The Sacrament consists of prepared bread and water which is blessed and passed to the congregation by young men holding the Aaronic Priesthood. After the Sacrament is finished, there's usually two or three speakers that have been chosen from the congregation the previous week to speak on a subject given to them. The other two hours consists of Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society meetings. Sunday School classes are offered to everyone based on their age group (kids ages 3-12 go to Primary, and little children between 18 months and 3 years go to a nursery). Relief Society is for women ages 18 and older, and Priesthood contains classes for men older than 12. Q2) Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Yes! Visitors are always welcome! Jesus Christ was open to teaching anybody and everybody that came to Him, and we believe that we should do the same. Q3) Can I attend church? Yes again! There's meetinghouses all over the place, you can look them up on: https://www.lds.org/maps/meetinghouses/ Times and addresses are available for each church building. Show more Show less