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Hi I'm Stephen Brown

I'm a Mormon and I have run a small business for over 30 years

About Me

I'm a Father of three grown children and a Husband for 41 years. I own a business with a partner and have for 33 years. It's somewhat like being married. I own the bottom half! There have been 4 generations of my family in small business but each generation made it's own. Mine is sound, effects lighting and video related.

Why I am a Mormon

I never intended to become a Mormon. My parents raised me in the Methodist Church and I left it as an adult because their church had grown weak as the neighborhood changed and the members grew older. A friend led me to the Baptist church which required a stronger commitment but I never completely agreed with the doctrine. Why would God condemn some of his children for being born in the wrong place or time and not hearing about him? Politics and money raising were issues. People who gave a lot could wield power. I was working out of town and a man that I had just met invited me to go with him and his family to church. I was amazed. They didn't take up a collection and ordinary people spoke. That friend asked me to read the "Book of Mormon." I've always been an avid reader, so I read it. To be honest I was looking for what was wrong with it and it took me two years to get around to it. A second reading didn't reveal anything that conflicted with what I new about Jesus. I prayed to know if it was true and knew how it worked. I pledged to call the missionaries but never had to. Two walked across my front yard the next day while I was on the porch putting up Christmas lights. They asked if they could help and after they did I invited them in and told them that I wanted to be baptized and join the Church. That was nineteen years ago and I have never regretted joining. Sunday is a reset day for me. Life is not always easy but once a week I get a rest and a fresh start.

How I live my faith

Our Church "calls" each of us and I have had a lot of callings in the 19 years since I joined. Most of that time I have taught a Sunday School class for ages from 12 to 17. I love teaching the youth. They are fully formed personalities. I tell them that the difference between each of them and their parents is income and experience. Teaching is about inspiration and information. The best teacher is for them to see the result of making a good decision. It is my prayer that they get something out of our class that they can use right now.