Hi I'm Steve
I am happily married--18 years and counting. We have four children, from nearly 17 down to a 3 year old. My greatest joy is my family. Professionally, I work as a financial analyst at a multi-national corporation with over 35,000 employees across the world. I got into finance/accounting after many years of struggling to find a good fit with my skills and interests. I went from studying business/marketing at Brigham Young University--a great school and wonderful opportunity to get immersed in the blessings of the gospel. Eventually, I made the transition into the realm of accounting and finished my master's degree in accounting at Western Carolina University. My work provides a good income and enables us to have my wife focus on taking care of our family while pursuing further education in the nursing field. As for my interests, I am very interested in health. I enjoy good food, though this may come as a surprise to some, as I have been a vegetarian for 8 or 9 years now. I also enjoy working out, meditation, and yoga. I am an avid reader. Lately, my reading is focused on numerous magazine subscriptions from Mother Earth News to Time. We also receive several church magazines that are geared to the various age groups in our family--youth, teenagers, and adults. I do enjoy reading fantasy. Some of my recent reads include Orson Scott Card and Rick Riordan. Music is another big part of my life. I am constantly listening to really great music. I am very eclectic in my music.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised LDS and was very active in my youth group including serving in several leadership positions at the time. However, there came a point during my senior year of high school when I began to question whether the church was right for me. I eventually got to the point where I questioned the very existence of God. There are so many ills in the world. I was also experiencing numerous personal challenges. All this led me to live a lifestyle that I am not proud of. I moved far away from my family. It was through these challenges, though, that I began to really look at my life and where I was headed. Spirituality was missing in my life. I pursued several avenues of faith--including looking at world religions. I have a great appreciation for the good in other religions. But my search for meaning in my life brought me back to the faith I had lived as a youth. It took some time to get my life back in order. But going through the struggles I did gave me increased faith and appreciation for the gospel. It is this faith and appreciation that helps me to be actively pursuing the gospel path in my life.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
My Savior knows me. "He [Christ] will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." (Alma 7:12) I have felt the Savior's love many times in my life. A couple years ago, I was suffering with severe depression. (I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.) Each day was a struggle. One thing that kept me going, though, was knowing that Jesus knew what I was going through. I had hope, through him, that I would be able to get through that difficult time.
How I live my faith
I serve in the local bishopric, i.e. leadership of our local congregation. It requires a lot of time, but I love having the opportunity to especially work with the youth of our congregation. They are such good people and live good exemplary lives. My faith involves a dedication to daily devotion--prayer several times a day and personal scripture study. Our family also spends time reading the scriptures together, praying as a family, going to church and just spending time together developing our love for one another and giving each other support.