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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

About Me

I'm a husband and father. I studied business and marketing in school because of my desire to pursue graphic design and run my own company. I enjoy experiencing nature, technology, socializing, philosophy, symbolism, and learning about everything around me - things I can see and things I cannot.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in South Texas as a religious minority. Because of this I was able to compare and contrast my faith with others around me and began to really deeply examine things for myself in my later teenage years. Because of some significant experiences in my life, I had a great desire to answer the call to serve as a missionary. A desire to help others, a love of God and curiosity all had a little something to do with it, I suppose. I was unprepared for what I experienced in my 2 years as a full-time missionary. I discovered the love that God has for me and in turn, all other people. I witnessed the power of the scriptures as they changed my life and the lives of those around me. Since that time, year by year, I grow closer and closer to God. I understand more and more how Jesus Christ fits into the entire picture of my faith and seek to continue on my journey to pattern my life after his teachings. As a husband and father, the gospel of Christ, the blessings of the ordinances of the gospel and teachings of the Temple provide me with answers, truth, security, revelation, knowledge, and light. Reliance on God and his providence has been the hallmark of the last few years of my life; I can truly witness that God keeps his promises. The New Testament converted me to Jesus Christ, the Doctrine & Covenants enlightened me to the vastness of God's influence and wisdom, the Book of Mormon taught me how to perfect my faith in Christ. I'm not a fan of labels. I try very hard not to label others and do not like to be labeled myself. Everyone has a different definition of what it means to be a "Christian". I'm not going to try and engage in a war of semantics. I do not know everything, but I do know Christ and his love for me; I know my Father in Heaven and have felt his presence and approval. I do not know how the atonement works, just that it does. I love the influence for good the Temple has on my life and the closeness it brings me to God.

How I live my faith

My faith leads me to do my best in everything I do and to treat each person in this world as my brother and sister regardless of their beliefs.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Baptist pastor Paul Washer made a great statement that I agree with "What you need to know is that salvation is by faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ. And faith alone in Jesus Christ is preceded and followed by repentance – a turning away from sin, a hatred for the things that God hates and a love for the things that God loves, a growing in holiness and a desire not to be like...the world, and not to be like the great majority of American Christians, but to be like Jesus Christ!" - 2002 Youth Evangelism Conference, Mongomery, AL God's grace isn't just one thing that is only applied in one way. In general, his grace touches each of our lives in some way, but the grace that comes with forgiveness is granted to those who engage in repentance. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Faith in Jesus Christ to me, begins with true, sincere repentance. We have to clean house and leave nothing behind, when we have turned to the Savior and rely completely upon his atonement and come to a realization of our fallen natures, he heals us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This can happen in an instant and be quite overwhelming or it can come in phases. As this pure love of Christ flows into your life you desire to follow all of his teachings and honestly try to pattern your life after his. We still have flaws and will probably discover new ones as time goes on, but as we exercise our faith and grow more and more like Christ, this faith becomes a strong bond between ourselves and our Savior. A few chapters that I would recommend for visitors to reference if they want to learn more about how Latter-day Saints view this subject would be Alma 32-33 a lesson on faith presented as an allegory of a tree of life and Moroni 7 a sermon on the relationship between faith, hope and charity. Show more Show less

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

In the New Testament we have a record of the resurrected Christ appearing to his followers and after teaching for 40 days, he ascends into Heaven. This was a relatively small area compared to the various people scattered all across the world in other continents and nations. What if, throughout time and the periodic apostasy of Israel, God guided away small groups of the righteous into far away lands and established his gospel in it's purity among them? The Book of Mormon claims to contain an account of a few of these groups. The first came to the Americas following the scattering and confusion at the tower of Babel, the second came around 600 B.C. before the fall of Jerusalem and the exile. The third came during the destruction of Jerusalem. There is truly nothing quite like the Book of Mormon and whether you agree or disagree as to where this book came from, it is here and it has a powerful message for those who will take the time to listen. I'm an avid reader and scripture sits at the core of my studies. I have wonderful things to say about the Bible, which is where my testimony of Christ began and is still nurtured, but the Book of Mormon has brought me further and closer to Christ. The truth has been evidenced by the change I have seen in my life and through the Spirit that has witnessed to me the truth of this record. Ask me about it sometime and I'll tell you more! Show more Show less