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Hi I'm Steven Farnsworth

I am a professional student in South Texas pursuing a PhD in stem cell physiology and also DDS in dental surgery and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona in a family of two parents and six children. I'm the 5th child and 5th son. I married a wonderful lady and we moved to Texas after I finished my undergraduate education. Now I'm a dental student in a 8-year dentist-scientist program. I love my wife, love my kids, and love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy scientific pursuits, visiting and making friends, and doing handy work to maintain and beautify our home.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm mormon because I feel the Holy Spirit so strongly when I learn the doctrines and principles taught in this church. In fact I know this church was restored by Christ to the earth in our generation because the of Holy Ghost's witness. The things God has spoken to me through his Holy Spirit - no man could know - or communicate to me without God's grace. Only God could know the thoughts of my heart. When I hear the message of the Savior through modern prophets, living apostles, the holy scriptures, and through my personal prayers, I feel the uplifting, inspiring, and peaceful testimony of the Holy Ghost. From time to time I have heard the voice of the Lord through the Holy Spirit and am grateful for His love and guidance. That is why I'm mormon, because the Holy Ghost is clearly revealed in the church today.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ by trying to trying to be kind and "feed his sheep" I try to follow Christ by being supportive and friendly to those I meet. I try to help those around me - whether that me through friendly advice, empathy, or service. I often help my friends the most by giving words of encouragement and support to keep the commandments and to have courage to do right things (as I understand them from the message of Jesus Christ I have received). I'm not perfect but I try to live my faith. At church, I help out by teaching a lesson in our adult men's group (elder's quorum) once a month. I try to be honest about my faith in God while at work, school or play and encourage faith. I participate in church activities. I teach my children about Jesus and how to make right decisions and how to pray. Sometimes, I make mistakes, but I try to do better. I find I have to wholy rely on the mercies of Jesus Christ to forgive me of my shortcomings. I am grateful for his loving help and support. His love brings joy to the journey of life.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Steven Farnsworth
The word "cult" is often used as a tool to marginalize the beliefs others without a willingness to listen to their prospective. When it is applied to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is used to dismiss "the church" - i.e. the members of the church only because they are part of the church. People interpret "a cult" as a mischievousness groups where people are "brainwashed" (as if their ability to choose is taken away from them). I'm sorry but our church is made up of normal people who each choose on an individual level to believe. No one "tricked" me into being a Mormon. I know what I believe, why and I love it. Labeling a faith as a "cult" to dismiss it without evidence. Like in science dismissing a theory without resolving the evidence that supports that theory. A biologist cannot dismiss a psychologist because the psychologist do not do "real science". When actually they both use the scientific method but with different tools. Biologist want to discover the molecular interactions that mediate behavior, while psychology determines what influences behavior due to social, emotional, cognitive influences (big picture stuff, but little biological mechanism). Religion is like science on an individual scale. We each test beliefs against the ability of those beliefs to give us meaning and happiness and what "makes sense". In science, you don't believe anything without data. In religion, you belief must first and see if they satisfy the soul. Show more Show less