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Hi I'm Stephen Halliday

I'm a music teacher, computer pioneer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I taught vocal music in the public schools until I was asked to teach people how to use a new invention--the Apple Computer. I worked mostly with "early adopters" and watched personal computing grow from a few innovators to being a common household appliance. Even though I still direct community choirs and perform in local groups, I am first and foremost an educator. I've taught university-level computer courses for teachers, distance education, did instructional design for early childhood parent education, and created a company that made and marketed online training for industrial safety certification. But my favorite subject to teach is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that all knowledge of this world and the universe is encompassed within the teachings of Christ. He not only taught us how to treat each other, but has put His followers on a path to learn all there is to know about everything. We are eternal creatures, with unlimited potential if we can just learn to trust in Him and live according to His teachings.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in the army, I was constantly invited to join with others in activities that would violate behaviors my parents had taught me were not pleasing to God. I came to the point where I had to find out for myself whether what I had been taught was right or wrong. That started me on a journey of reading the Bible and Book of Mormon, and praying for a confirming feeling that what I was learning was God's will for me. Those feelings came slowly but surely, and I found that the more I tried living according to His commandments the easier it was to avoid temptation and mistakes. I also saw that my Christian friends were happier when they made good choices. When I compared the life choices that they had, compared with what my church was offering me, I found that the restored Gospel gave me a richer and more satisfying potential for blessings than in simply asking me to accept Jesus as my personal Savior.

How I live my faith

In addition to teaching the Gospel to my children and family, I love serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with youth groups, function as a lay minister of several congregations, direct large regional choirs singing The Messiah, direct local plays and create seasonal music programs. I also direct a community choir that performs twice annually. My object in serving others is so I can learn to love others as the Savior teaches us. As I serve in church and community events, I am learning to recognize the goodness in those with whom I serve, and then it is easier to accept them as friends and brothers and sisters.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephen Halliday
In discussions with ministers of other Christian faiths, I find that our positions are almost identical in that we both believe that we are only saved by the efforts and love of Jesus Christ, which is grace. A person cannot choose to do evil things and still be saved unless he sincerely repents of his mistakes and tries to behave righteously. Then it is only by the grace of Christ that we can be forgiven. Show more Show less