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Hi I'm Ty Stevens

I'm from Montana. I have a Youtube gaming channel. I got a testimony of my mission from a fortune cookie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission until March 2016. Loving the sun! I like reading and video games. I draw pictures in my spare time and color them in with a computer program, and they actually don't look half bad. I'm out on a mission in New Mexico right now, and once I get back, I want to go to BYU and get a degree in Graphic Design, because I'd like to create art for a video game or animated film company like Disney/Pixar or Sqare Enix. I also like reading and writing stories. Mostly fantasy. The concept of creating a universe through words is very unique and enjoyable. I made a small Youtube channel where I play games, because I figured why not? Leaving it for 2 years was tough, but I finished my projects on it, so I have little regret in leaving it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and I'm happy to say that I've never strayed from it. However, inevitably, there was a time when I decided I had to ask myself if what I learned while growing up was truth. The answer to that has taken me a long time to find, probably a lot longer than it should have, but a series of experiences have helped my resolve that this church is true become stronger than it has ever been. I mentioned a fortune cookie earlier, and I bet you're wondering about that. When I got my mission call, I admit I was anxious; I was probably the definition of terrified. I had no idea where it would say I would have to go, and although I'd made it a point not to pick favorites, the thought of going somewhere new scared me. I said a short prayer, asking to receive peace of mind on this subject. Peace didn't come immediately. In fact, it didn't come until just after lunch. We'd gone to a Chinese buffet, and we were just finishing up when we got our fortune cookies. It feels strange to say it, but I cracked open my cookie and read my fortune. It read: "An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding." Fortune cookie fortunes are always vague, probably to increase the odds of it indirectly coming true. That fortune I just copied down? THAT'S NOT VAGUE. In fact, it's rather direct for a fortune cookie. After doing a double-take, I realized that this was the answer I had asked for, and I subtly felt my anxiety crumble away, leaving a sense of calm that I can only attribute to being the peace of mind I had asked for. I later opened the call letter and found that I would be serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque mission. Later confirmation came to settle any doubts I would've had about my experience while I was reading in Alma a few weeks later. Upon reading Alma 37:6, I realized that that fortune was the small and simple. I have taped that fortune to the front of my mission call, so I won't forget that experience.

How I live my faith

My ward where I come from was really small until recently, so growing up after getting the priesthood, I was typically the only deacon/teacher/priest for at least a brief period of time. Shortly after I applied for a mission, I served as a ward missionary. For the first couple of months, it was just me and my ward mission president, who had recently moved into town, so things were a little slow. But then we chanced upon a golden investigator who we kept in touch with until I left to serve full-time.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ty Stevens
A testimony is knowledge received through personal revelation, that is, an answer from God through the Holy Spirit. The truths that typically make up a testimony are the Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that his Atonement is real and applicable through the Gospel, that he speaks through a prophet today, etc. To me, one of the most important testimonies to have is that God loves you and wants you to speak to him so that he can speak to you. Because once you understand and experience that, learning how to understand what is being said can be learned through additional experience and actions. Show more Show less