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Hi I'm Sterling

I grew up in the Gospel. I love the Gospel. I'm a REAL person, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of two children, with a younger sister. I grew up mostly in Hawaii and California, but having recently moved to Colorado, I like living here the best, with its changeable weather and high altitude. I've graduated from Grandview High School and plan to major in Math and Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines, after I go on my mission of course. I love to read (fiction, non-fiction, science papers, my friends' essays, the Bible & the Book of Mormon, etc.), hang out, and share the Gospel. I play the piano, which I've practiced for about 13 years, and I like to sing in the church choir. I like to listen to a wide variety of music.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know of its truthfulness. Read that: I know. I don't just believe it, or just like it, or just think it's good for people; I actually know that it is true. "But how do you know?" you might ask. Well, long story short, God told me. Not in a giant manifestation of His power, but in a small, soul-piercing voice. A voice that spoke not to my ears, but to my soul, to the fibers of my very being. Without a doubt, I can declare that this is the true Gospel, the only one with all of the truths God has made available to all of His children. He speaks in these days, as he did anciently. He is watching out for me, and for you too, no matter what kind of life you have. Seriously. I'm not saying that hardships won't come; they do. I've had my own share of difficulties in life (the 18 years of it) and I know life can be - and more often than not is - really hard. But He has helped me in all of my trials, whether I know it or not. He loves everyone and will forgive everyone who sincerely repents. It's a tough thing, but it is totally worth it. I was born into this church, so I don't know much about what it is like to be a non-member. But to every person reading this, I say, "Come! Join us! We would be so glad to have you with us! God Himself and His Son want you to come back!" For my last words on this page, I'll say this: I know this Gospel is true, and I know God knows it, and I cannot deny it. God leads His Church in these days by the mouths of his servants, the prophets. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." ~James 1:5 "And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually." ~Mosiah 5:2

How I live my faith

The difference between "having" a faith and "living" a faith is huge. There are many who profess to believe in Christ, and I am one of them. I, however, actually do more than just say it - I live it to the best of my ability. I do the usual things like going to church every Sunday and reading the holy scriptures every day, but I also do my best to live by God's commandments (both ancient and modern) and strive to follow Christ's perfect example. I support my fellow people when I can.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Sterling
For me, the Atonement is, well, just a completely wonderful thing. It is what enables us to repent; through the Atonement and our repentance, God can forgive us of our sins. Christ had to die to 1) fulfill prophecies, and, more importantly, 2) to take upon Himself the sins and sorrows of all mankind. Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice, the only one capable of taking upon Himself all of the sins and sorrows of every single person to live on this earth. This means that we can all be forgiven of our sins! We can repent! We don't need to hold on to any guilt plaguing our consciences, as long as we are honest in our repentance. We can be baptized and cleansed. The Atonement also makes babies and young children clean and pure in the sight of God. They are incapable of sin, as they do not understand what good or bad really is. Those who pass away before they understand good or bad are automatically saved by the Atonement. As part of the Atonement, Christ suffered all of the pain and afflictions possible to mankind. I will never be able to comprehend how much pain that was, but it was enough to cause Christ Himself to bleed from every pore (Luke 22:44). Fortunately for us, this means that He understands each and every single one of our own pains or sorrows, individually, no matter the kind. He understands completely. Thus, we can rely on Him and be comforted by Him, as long as we go to Him and use the Atonement faithfully and sincerely. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Sterling
Yes! It's true! Remember when Christ said "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd" (John 10:16)? That refers to the "other sheep" living in ancient America. You can read about it starting from 3 Nephi chapter 11. It goes to show that God truly loves all of His children. Show more Show less