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Hi I'm Stephen Brown

I grew up in Ogden, Utah.

About Me

I like to think I'm a rather unique person. I enjoy music, (though that statement is a horrible generalization) instant-photography, yoga, vinyl records and spending time with friends and loved ones, among many other things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I feel that the church is true. And I know that statement is such a cliche. I do not know for certain that God is real. I do not believe that i can "know". But I can tell you that there were many years in my life in which I did not believe in God. These years brought me pain and happiness as should be expected - But I came out of those years worse off than I was when I entered them. I did not emerge a more hopeful, optimistic person - rather, I was more introverted and depressed. I had truly made myself believe that there was no God, and thus, there was no hope. And I did not have a miraculous conversion! I did not see an angel and I was not struck dumb for my rebellious behavior. I simply looked around at my peers, my family, and more importantly - myself. I tried hard to justify my belief (or lack thereof, perhaps) that there was no God. To put it simply, I found that i could not. perhaps others can, but I cannot live a life so devoid of hope as I lived! I looked at my siblings and I saw that those who kept the commandments seemed so much happier than those who did not. I looked at my peers and I saw that those who did not keep the commandments seemed to have so much less promise as a result of their actions. I did not and I do not want to be a part of the latter group. I'm a "Mormon" because I have a hope that the things I have been taught by my parents and my religious leaders are true. I have a hope that God loves me and that he cares about my life when others do not. I have a hope in this gospel and I have a hope that someday I can "know". And for that end, though an end it is not, I will strive.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing just that - I try to have faith. I know that I am no spiritual giant, but I am trying each day to improve myself and my relationship with God. I strive each day to have more faith and an increasingly steadfast commitment to this gospel.