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Hi I'm Steven Smilanich

I'm a true American. I love everything movies and dogs. I'm a missionary in Philadelphia. I lived in Provo, Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have grown up in America. I have lived in four states. I was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, lived in San Antonio, Texas, moved to Utah and I attendened college in Idaho and now I am on my mission. I recently graduated from Timpview High School in Provo, UT and within a week I had my church mission call to Philadelphia, PA, and headed out for college at Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg. In one month, I had many changes in my life - however - these changes just give me opportunities to grow as a person. My passion has always been movies. I started out making Lego movies when I was around 8 years old, and I have loved making movies ever since. Even though my parents would rather me be something medical, they have always supported my interest in movie making and have provided me with the tools necessary to make and edit good movies. During my lifetime, I want to make movies that are inspiring. I would like my movies to be entertaining, but more, I would like to make movies that make people think about things - good things that would improve their lives. I want to make movies which are positive, have good morals, and are uplifting. I actually think these are the movies that people enjoy the most. I currently have a YouTube channel under my name if you want to check out what kind of movies I make, yes some of them are cheezy but I desire to improve and make my movies more proffesionl in the future. Wrapped in bacon, dipped in chocolate, smothered in hot sauce

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was lucky enough to have been born to parents who belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This religion isn't just a Sunday religion, it is a 24/7 religion. Daily we pray, read scriptures and discuss religious topics. Many times throughout the week we have church activities. Youth groups always met on Wednesday nights. Monday is always set aside for Family Home Evening - where families focus on each other. Many people not of our faith, think that the Mormons have too many restrictions. We have a very high set of values of how we should live. Yes I guess we have a lot of rules and regulations, but whether you abide by them or not is up to you. Each person is in control of their own life. I actually think that these rules or guidelines, whatever you want to call them, help me be free. By following the church guidelines, I'm free from many addictions which face the world. My body is healthier because of the Word of Wisdom. My chances of catching a "social disease" is about 0 percent. Our standards value hard work and education - so my chances of living in poverty are lower. (However, we have a fabulous welfare system for those in need.) In our religion, we believe that families are forever when married in the temple, so chances of growing up with a secure two parent household is very advantageous. With so many negative and hard things in the world that people have to face, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helps tremendously with being able to live a happy, secure life. If you are skeptical, try living the standards for a few months, and see what a difference it will make in your life.

How I live my faith

My faith is just who I am. I've grown up being apart of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church doctrines and principles are the foundation of which I build my life on. Every decision I make in life is based on the things I have learned. My faith is my moral compass. My faith gives me security, peace, and happiness in life. I wish everyone could experience how good life is being a Mormon.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Steven Smilanich
Many say that we focus too much on works and not enough on faith. They say that all we need to do is confess Jesus Christ with our lips and we shall automatically be saved in that moment without works, and it doesn't matter what manner of sin we commit afterward for we shall all go to heaven. First, we do believe that we all shall go to heaven except the sons of perdition. We read in 2 Corinthians 12 that Paul talks about there being three heavens and not just one. The first heaven is where the wicked go. The second is where good people go who were not baptized. And the third is where God is and good people who were baptized go. Second, in the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 13:28 we read: I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses. But James 2 17-19 reads: Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. The atonement was meant to perfect us and make us good and not to allow us to lay around in sin. We become perfect that we may inherit all that the Father hath in the third heaven in the space between death and the ressurection. We therefore need both. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Steven Smilanich
The Book of Mormon answers this question in great simplicity. In 2 Nephi 29 we read: 6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? 7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? 8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. I praise a God who is not willing to give us just one book for our religious library but several. In school there is not just one math book but several. God wants us to learn all we can. John 17:3 reads: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. God, who sits in eternity, knows and comprehends all things and wants this for us too. And the Bible is only a paragraph of all the things he knows and cherishes. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Steven Smilanich
If abortion is a perfectly healthy mother with no trauma whatsoever wants to kill her baby off in making her sacred womb a tomb then it is just plain murder of the highest decree. That Child could have changed the world for the good, and killing him/her might just have stopped the spreading of more good in the world in the midst of wickedness. That mother could have raised that child up to be great but instead she spits in God's face for giving her the power to create life in destroying it. Be good and do great, thou daughter of God are the greatest creator who walks the planet. Even a daughter of the greatest creator of the universe. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Steven Smilanich
The most simple to this answer is Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. It is the same church that has always existed on earth since the time of Adam. It is the same church reestablished by Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith. We read in the bible that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever; so why would he ever change one tot or one tittle of the organization. Show more Show less