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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician in Idaho, working with interesting and often difficult children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 great children, grandfather of 15 grandchildren, and have a wonderful wife of 37 years now. I served in the US Navy for 13 years after Medical School, moving from the NW corner of the USA to the SE corner before moving to Idaho to finally settle down for the past 20 years.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a convert to the church and baptized when I was 7 years old and my mom had largely been inactive most of her life. They sought for "something" to bring us as a family closer together. Fifty years ago we were all sealed together in an LDS temple as an eternal family and what a wonderful experience it was too. As I contemplate the loss of our parents or family members one day through advanced age, or illness, or accident, that memory of the temple sealing and blessing-that we can be an eternal family again after this life-brings happiness to my soul. Now with my children and grandchildren, I also find that great same satisfaction in knowing that I will be connected to a great posterity, as long as we all keep the Savior's commandments and follow Him. With that thought comes greater concerns and love over their welfare as well. This is a wonderful FAMILY FOCUSED AND FAMILY CENTERED CHURCH! Christ leads this Church through his living prophet today to bring all of our Heavenly Father's children (EACH OF US ON THE EARTH TODAY!) back to our Heavenly Father once again! Oh that we would listen to His wonderful message would be my prayer fulfilled!

How I live my faith

I have had some wonderful opportunities over the years to serve in different church capacities. The leadership roles are the ones that probably "least" enjoy and I do not mean to say this in a negative light at all. It's wonderful to meet a lot of people and work in supervisory roles with them. However the most enjoyable opportunities have been working in teaching the youth and small children. I currently teach the 5 year old class of wiggly kids about how much Jesus loves them, about how to make good choices, and such. I also had the opportunity for about 5 years to play the piano in Primay (for children 3-12 years old). There is such a special spirit in the words and songs they sing! I wish that you had a chance to hear them!! Though simple, the meaning is SO DIRECT and teaches about our Savior's Love in so many ways. Serving others is the principal path to being a disciple of Christ and living our Faith. Being an EXAMPLE is also SO IMPORTANT. I try each day to do those things that would show others that I care. How would the Savior present himself walking down the street? Would he smile at others? Lend a helping hand? How would he dress? Act? SPEAK? What would our world be like if we emulate HIM more diligently? I am so grateful that the Church tries to teach us to develop within us all those Christ-like attributes. Oh, if we would we only listen and be constantly diligent to what our leaders teach us and what the Holy Ghost can prompt us to feel and do!!

What is the Law of Chastity?

Out of the many different scopes of my practice of Developmental /BEHAVIORAL Pediatrics, this area of CHASTITY has complicated so many people's lives the most. The fracturing of families from divorce, or having children in relationships without commitments has created a generation or so of children that in reality do not truly understand what it is like to grow up in the stability of a home with a nurturing father and mother at the Head!. That is NOT to say that an "INTACT" family from all outside appearances is "INTACT"! The world has begun to ravage the family structure, from all aspects whether it be through pornography, adultery, or other means. The end results are the breakdown in the family but the disruption to the stability of a child's secure emotional development. So many in my practice do not see the causative effects of what they have done in THEIR LIVES, thinking only of their selves. They seldom realize the damage that has been caused to the others, the children and then wonder why their children are "misbehaving" so badly! It certainly is not the only reason for a child to misbehave, but the dynamics go deeper psychologically often when chastity is given away freely. It NEVER leads to happiness!. At least many of the mothers with several children, many by different fathers, do not appear to be happy as they scratch out their existence in poverty with children that are giving them a very difficult time! Follow Christ's teachings! He loves each of us! Show more Show less