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Hi I'm Steven R.

I grew up on the beaches of Fla. Now I run high-tech companies and cheer for the Packers. I'm a husband, a father and a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read and learn but I also love to play and watch sports. I grew up in Florida where a boy and young man could do everything from surf, skin dive and fish to play on the church ranch Deseret ranch. I was a part of a championship softball team in my ward and held the record for the 300 intermediate hurdles in the state. Growing up in Florida was fun. My wife and I graduated from LSU and we love the Tigers. We enjoyed our time in Louisiana and have fond memories of our friends and of water skiing with the alligators. I'm a huge Green Bay Packer fan. My truck is even named the "Frozen Tundra". We've moved around the country a lot and have made friends everywhere we go. When we did have to move it was comforting to know that we would be welcomed in by our new ward church family where ever we went. It is like having an instant set of friends and family no matter where we lived. The first 7 years of our marriage we struggled to have children and began to turn to adoption as our only alternative. We still want to adopt but through the miracles of priesthood blessings have been able to have children of our own. Today I run green high-tech companies. I enjoy the science and the business. I'm currently creating new ways to manufacture electronics using plasma technologies. Changing the world through the use of natural science is a passion of mine. So is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It, the gospel, has the power to change the hearts of men.

Why I am a Mormon

At twelve years old I began to read the Book of Mormon with full purpose of heart. It felt good as I read and the people in the book seemed to come to life as I read. I prayed to find out if the feelings that I was having were from God. There was a surety that came during that time in my life. My parents’ relationship was very difficult and ended in divorce when I was about 17. During my teenage years I read the Book of Mormon many times because of the powerful feelings that it brought to me in my times of need. The understanding of the character and nature of God and my relationship to God also helped me through this difficult time and has carried with me through my life. My Heavenly Father is my spiritual father and I am His son. Jesus Christ is my brother, my savior and my redeemer. They love me and I love them. In prayer, I'm able to talk with my Heavenly Father. The miracle is that He listens to me and cares about me and knows who I am. I am a Mormon because I am a son of God and want to align my will with His.

How I live my faith

I find my most happiness in my family and serving others. The church helps the family to be stronger. Just this morning I was studying scriptures with my 14 year old son before school. As we finished he look at me and said with a warm smile, "I want to do this every day of my life". What a tender moment for a parent to be a part of. Being a good husband and a good father is the most important part of my faith. My wife and I have been married for 23 years and we still feel like newlyweds. I've been able to be a part of the youth programs of the church for many years now and love the energy they bring to life. Teaching the youth through life experiences and reflections on activities is a favorite of mine. Star gazing to get perspective, pre-dawn hikes to the summit of the mountains to relate the beauty of a sun rise to personal revelation, beach trips, service projects and more making working with youth very rewarding. There is a great rising generation of young men and young women. It is so good just to be around them and watch their examples. Sharing the gospel is another love of mine. I want all my friends to be as happy as we are and as secure as we are in our love of God. It is a thrill to talk of Christ with friends and learn from them and share with them.