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Hi I'm Stuart

I'm a student hoping to succeed in an advertising career. I love performing piano for others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a brand new student in my advertising major. I'm loving every part of it. That being said, I also love being an amateur musician. I don't have any qualms about being onstage, whether it's speaking, playing piano, or doing something else entirely, and have a history of getting involved with theater, concerts, variety shows, public speaking, and stuff like that. My other hobby is ballroom dance, and I particularly love to tango. I go dancing every chance I get, and always try to make sure the girl has as much fun as I do.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was young, I've consciously chosen to be a member of this church. I (not my parents) chose to be baptized when I was eight years old, making a commitment to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ all my life. I (not anyone else on my behalf) chose to become a missionary and willingly serve the Lord with all my time and energy for two years. Some have asked me why I would make these commitments that now occupy a great portion of my life. While there are many physically tangible evidences of the truth of what I believe, those evidences are not the reason. Neither is some authority figure that told me I had to. Let me explain: I wasn't always this way, and when I was younger sometimes I grudgingly went to church or just gave my scriptures a passing glance, and my prayers felt fairly hollow most of the time. I knew it was important, but I just didn't feel it. My attitude changed completely when I finally began to earnestly read the scriptures in my late teens. I was familiar with much of the Bible, and began to read the Book of Mormon as much as I could. My situation was such that for several hours nearly every day I was either on a bus or waiting for one on a street corner, and so for those hours I would read, and not stop reading. My life started changing. Days that had no business being happy were happy anyway. Things that I hated about myself started falling off of me, like taking off a heavy backpack. I read, and every time I read, I found something new that applied to me. Sometimes the message was a hopeful one, and sometimes a correcting one, but there was always something I could do that day to be happier. I could feel the influence of the Holy Spirit and the power of Christ's Atonement changing me from the inside out, because I was doing everything I could to receive the answers, the guidance, and the changes that I needed. That's why I make these commitments to Christ. They're the happiest thing I've ever done, so why would I ever stop doing them?

How I live my faith

I try to participate in church as much as I possibly can. I go to every church-related event that's available to me, and really enjoy my church services every Sunday. I was a full-time volunteer missionary for two years, living in Tijuana, Mexico, and preaching the Gospel to anyone who was willing to listen. Now I'm a ward missionary, meaning a part-time missionary assigned to the specific congregation in which I live. It's my duty to watch out for the well-being of any members of the Church, and anyone else who wants help. That includes serving in any way I can, and teaching the Gospel in such a way as to bolster the faith of those who might be struggling and those who may not have heard our beliefs before. Participating in church-related organizations has always been a part of my life, and the activities we do, whether they're projects in service of others or just to have fun, help to enrich me and the others who attend. The clearest way for any Mormon to live their faith is to follow the examples that Christ gave through His own actions during His ministry. We try to follow Christ's example of showing kindness and love to all, of upholding righteous principles, of serving and sacrificing for others, and of teaching the truth whenever possible. In the Book of Mormon, Christ taught, "...Ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do." (3 Nephi 27:21) I try to follow these instructions to the best of my ability.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Stuart
To Mormons, our families are the most important factor in our lives. President Thomas S. Monson, current president of the Church, has often said that no success in the workplace can make up for failure in the home. Our families are the center of the Mormon religion; everything our church does revolves around and focuses on promoting the unity, health, and happiness of the family. Every organization within the church focuses on supporting a component of the family, whether it is the husband, wife, teenagers or young children. Why is this? We believe that our families can last for much longer than just this lifespan on Earth, if we follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that we see our loved ones again after we die, and that our family will still be our family: our spouse will be our spouse, our children will be our children. Because of this, cultivating a healthy family relationship is crucial to our happiness after this life. We also believe that the way we relate to our family members teaches us the most important life-lessons that God wants us to learn to become more like Him. That makes our family the part of our lives that we should value most. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Stuart
Whatever you may learn from the missionaries or from your friends who are members of our faith, you can know for yourself if it is true by asking God about it in prayer. God is much more likely to give you an answer quickly if you are actually trying out the things you're asking about. For example, if you want to know if the Book of Mormon is true (since that really is the key to our religion) then you should be reading it consistently. If you want to know if the Sabbath Day is a true commandment, or if God really cares if you drink alcohol or not, you should probably give those commandments a sincere attempt, and pay attention to the feelings you get as you do so. When you choose to do the things God wants you to do, He sends the Holy Spirit as a messenger to give you a feeling of correctness, of peace, and of happiness and joy to show you that your decision is correct. That feeling, apart from any other evidence, is how I know that Christ can heal me from sin, that the Book of Mormon, Bible, and other scriptures are true testaments of Him, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church that fully represents Christ today. Try it, and you'll know it too. Show more Show less