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Hi I'm Steven Wolford

Born and raised in the blessed land of Utah. I'm serving a mission in the GTA as a mormon with a nametag, white shirt and tie!

About Me

I am passionate about five things (give or take a few depending on the day). Reading, Writing, Star Wars, long intensive studies of ancient societies, and last and certainly favorite, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I could go on for hours and hours about these respective topics. My favourite thing about each of these is the story(ies) that exist within them. I am a firm believer that the greatest story ever told was that of our Savior and the plan of salvation. As a writer I humorously find myself stuck thinking about how incredible His life, teachings and story are while trying to put some of that emotion into my own work. I hope one day to be a fantasy writer, and I know that I must credit my work to the Lord. For He is my inspiration and my goal. I pray that somehow any work that I do can bring someone to Him. He has blessed my life in rich abundance and I wish the same for everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member, although I found out quickly that I could not rely on the beliefs and faith of those around me. While growing up I would look at the friends close to me and I realised that if they did not do the things that had been required of them then they would never learn if what they were doing was truth, and I was no different. So taking it to heart I studied and prayed over the Book of Mormon. I was told that the Lord told everyone it was true in His own due time. So reading through it once I was not surprised when I felt no noticeable change. No divine intervention, the same came when I read through it the second time. It was here I became stubborn. I poured everything into reading it, I wrestled with meanings night and day and finished the Book of Mormon many times. One day after finishing it for the eleventh time (I kept track) I knelt down and fervently prayed to know if it was true. The sweet, though rebuking voice came to me. "You already know the truth, now share it" I was changed, and I still am by that experience. I can now say with certainty that I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of my soul. I know that He has chosen a prophet to lead and direct this church and I've come to know this for myself through the gift and power of His Holy Spirit. I know that my Redeemer lived, that He died and that He lived again! I pray that all would come unto Him and feel the love, peace and joy He can give to you because He can and will and is waiting to welcome you. I know that this is true.

How I live my faith

The majority of my church callings have been (up to this point) either leadership or musical, and I'm a solid sub-par when it comes to either. Even through my mediocrity I love serving, by helping people I've come to see love poured out more abundantly upon me and my family. For me I live my faith by trying to better myself each day through service; it gives me the most happiness and joy because as I serve others I pray that I am giving something back to Christ for all that He has done for me.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Steven Wolford
Yes! Some may think that we as Mormons don't believe the Bible to be the word of God but we do. The Bible is a testament of Jesus Christ, and bears witness of his Divinity as the Son of God. Our testimony of the Book of Mormon as a witness of Christ does not take away from my belief in the Bible but strengthens it. Show more Show less

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

Steven Wolford
During the ministry of Christ there was only one church. The Church of Christ, and through him and his apostles the church grew and expanded. After some time the persecutions against the early Christian church increased, and the apostles and many other members were killed while others turned from their faith. After this happened God took away the priesthood authority (which is the power the apostles had to act in Christ's name) because of the wickedness of those who were persecuting and changing Christ's simple and beautiful doctrine. Now don't be confused, there were still many good and wonderful people that had faith in Christ and followed his teachings, however without the authority of God to guide the people they were left to interpret the Bible according to the philosophies of the time, not how it had been originally written to explain plain and simple truths. This authority was lost for a time, but because God loves all his children he prepared a way so that those simple doctrines could once again be revealed to man. The First Vision to the prophet Joseph Smith marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Soon the priesthood and the church were brought back. And now we continue to receive revelation from prophets of God. Show more Show less

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

Steven Wolford
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the greatest act of love and kindness that has ever occurred. Jesus Christ suffered for every sin, suffering and trial for everyone. This happened in both the Garden of Gethsemane and upon the cross in Golgotha and because he suffered for us he can be our advocate on judgement day. He died for you, me and for the world. By applying his Atonement we can become 'perfect even as 'our' Father in heaven is perfect' but only by following his commandments and his example can we use the Atonement to it's full effect and receive salvation. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Steven Wolford
We have twelve apostles because we, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ, believe that He has revealed His will for the people through prophets and holy men of all ages. When an apostle died in the time of the early church the remaining apostles would gather and, with the revelation of the Lord, choose another to take the mantle of an apostle of Jesus Christ. If there were no apostles except for the original twelve then I beg you to consider who was Matthias in Acts chapter 1? Or how does Paul call himself an apostle of the Lord? Paul, having never seen the Lord in his earthly ministry, nevertheless had great knowledge of who his Savior was, and was known as an apostle. The best way to know, however, if the men in this time are apostles of the Lord is to listen to their words and their direction and then go to the Lord in prayer and ask humbly and with real intent if they are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Steven Wolford
We believe that temples are the House of the Lord. That's not a title we throwing around light, within temples we learn of sacred and eternal truths, we perform sacred ordinances (i.e binding wife to husband and children to parents for eternity) and provide sacred ordinances to those who have died without the chance to hear of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reason why we don't really talk about the things that go on inside is because we feel and truly believe that the things within the House of the Lord are very sacred. We fear that by sharing those things we would be lessening the sacredness of the experience to others due to a disability to share the feelings and thoughts experienced there or that we would be discrediting the sacred spirit ofund within the temple. As far as why only some members can enter we claim that because it is a holy edifice to the Lord only those who are repentant and worthy to the Lord may enter. We hope and pray that all people will be able and feel the love and joy that we have known and felt in the Lord's House. Show more Show less