Hi I'm Steve
I'm a father, a husband, a big brother, a brother-in-law, and a son. Professionally, I am an entrepreneur, a college teacher, and a CPA.
Why I am a Mormon
The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and Joseph Smith was God's instrument for bringing it to the world. There are apostles and prophets on earth today, who hold the same authority and power as such men held anciently. I am so grateful that God speaks to prophets in our day. I have no doubt that Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, lives and leads this church through revelation to his servants. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is an anchor in my life, and it truly means everything to me.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
My talents and blessings seem to revolve around business organization and teaching. I am able to serve and bless others by helping them with their personal or business finances and taxes. As a teacher, I am also able to study the scriptures and the doctrines of Christ and help others do the same. I have greatly enjoyed my callings as Ward Clerk--with its many financial responsibilities--Gospel Doctrine Teacher, and Seminary and Institute instructor. My goal in each of these callings has been to build the Kingdom of God and to help others come to Christ.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
I communicate with my Heavenly Father through prayer, much like I communicate with my earthly father via the telephone or email. God doesn't always talk back to me in words, but he typically sends me feelings, thoughts, or impressions. He speaks back to me through his scriptures and through his servants. There are numerous ways in which God communicates with me, and prayer is the way he allows me to communicate with him. Personally, when I pray, I let God know exactly what I am feeling or thinking. Sometimes, I have even started with, "Dear Heavenly Father...I don't really feel like praying right now. Please help me, and guide the words of my prayer..." and my prayer has then been immediately answered with comfort, peace, and with a spirit of gratitude. At other times, I have expressed to my Father in Heaven that "I am troubled or confused. I don't understand...", and then I have shared my troubles and concerns. I have committed myself to follow God's will, and then I have sought out His counsel through sincere scripture study. God has then answered my prayers and given me light, knowledge, and understanding. When I am grateful, when I am happy, when I am troubled, when I am sad, when I am tempted, when I am disappointed, I cry to the Lord in prayer. I know God hears my prayers. I KNOW he hears all prayers.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Jesus commanded his disciples to take the Gospel into all the world. In modern times, God has reiterated this commandment through his living prophets. Every worthy young man is commanded to serve a mission and to carry the gospel to the world. Elders of the Church have a solemn obligation to preach the gospel and to baptize. I served a mission because I love Jesus Christ, and I love His Church. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the world to me. Every blessing I have comes from God and from my membership in His Church and Kingdom. I want others to have the same knowledge and blessings that I have, and so I want to introduce the Church to others. I hope to serve several more missions with my wife just as soon as we are financially able.
How I live my faith
President Ezra Taft Benson said, "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives." Ensign, May 1988, p4 My wife and I attempt to follow President Benson's counsel by putting God first in every way.