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Hi I'm Elder Parker Stephens

I lived most of my life in California, but moved to Utah when I was a teen. I'm a missionary, I'm a musician, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 17. I am an aspiring musician. I've played the drums since I was 8, and I've played the ukulele since I was 16. I'm currently learning how to play the piano and am learning how to write music. I am a high school graduate with merits in arts as well as business. I plan on attending the University of Utah after I return from my Mission. Other than music, I like to exercise, no matter how strange that may sound. I also like to play sports, video games, I love movies and technology. In fact I'll be majoring in Software Development in college alongside majoring in Music Production. I currently work several jobs; I am a supervisor of a waterpark, an actor at a haunted house, and I work on construction sites doing odd jobs. Oh, and I love animals. I have two dogs and two cats, and one of those cats is laying on my keyboard right now while I'm trying to type. What a fur ball.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've never felt God's love more strongly than when I follow the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Even though I was born into the church, I didn't always follow the standards that the church holds. I've never felt more confused, more lost, or more alone than in that long time which I didn't not follow Jesus Christ. I'm also a Mormon because I believe that what the Church teaches is complete truth and that everything is inspired by God. Out here in the mission field, we ask many people to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know if it is true, and unfortunately a lot of people brush us off or think that we are trying to sell them a book or something. But that's honestly the only way you can know it's true. You're not going to see God come down in a lightning bolt, nor are you going to be visited by an angel telling you what to do (at least most of us). But if you humble yourself, and listen to the quiet, peaceful voice of the Holy Spirit, you will know for yourself. If you read the guidance that God has given us through the prophets in the Book of Mormon, and honestly pray to know if it is true, you will receive an answer. And once you receive that answer, nothing less than a joyful, peaceful life will be enough. And I have faith that that life only comes through living all of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are many churches in the world, and it can all be very confusing. We believe that after the death and resurrection of Christ, people were confused and had wanted guidance that they could not find (D&C 123:12). So, they made churches based off of what they did understand from the teachings of Christ. So they all have a part of the truth, so it's possible to feel the Spirit and believe in another church, but without the fullness of Christ's gospel, we aren't able to have the Spirit's guidance and comforting presence with us always that comes from being a Latter-Day Saint.

How I live my faith

I read my Book of Mormon every night before going to bed and I say personal prayers daily. The majority of my participation in my ward comes down to blessing the Sacrament in church, as well as going to families and individuals who are disabled or otherwise can't make it to church and bless and administer the Sacrament. Other than that, I do service for the people in my community with the rest of the youth in my ward. Sometimes I will help my Dad cook for ward outings, but I'll mainly just work with the equipment, my Dad is the real cook. My Dad and I also provide music and "DJ" for many church activities. And now, I live my faith by dedicating two years of it to teach the gospel to the people of Taiwan as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!