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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a software entrepreneur. I laugh at my own jokes. I love my family, my life, and my Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 53 years old. I've been married since 1983 to my best friend, and we have 5 daughters, all of whom are married to great guys. We have 12 grandchildren. Yes, I'm very blessed. I'm a software entrepreneur. I love technology, especially cool gadgets. I love to read fantasy novels, and in fact I recently published one of my own. I love trail running, and other types of physical activity. I've been in 47 of the 50 states (still looking to hit Vermont, and the Dakotas). My favorite movies are the "Lord of The Rings", and that goes the same for my favorite book. I love the outdoors, and am grateful to God for creating such a beautiful, diverse world.

Why I am a Mormon

On the one hand you could say I had no choice since I was born into a Mormon family, but I'm a Mormon because I want to be. I'm a Mormon because I've seen what the teachings of the Church have done for me, and for many people I know. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon because I love the Savior and want to live my life in accordance with His teachings. When I was 18 years old I started preparing to serve a mission for the Church. I made a serious and honest effort to read and study the scriptures, pray regularly and live a clean life style. I wanted to find out for myself if the Church was true. For me, it was a deep, peaceful feeling that what I was doing was right. I felt the promptings of the Spirit, and over time came to know that the things my parents had taught me throughout my life were true. Some spiritual experiences are impossible to explain and therefore difficult to share, but I will tell you that the Spirit bore witness to me that the things I was studying, and the things I had been pondering were true. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have felt the spiritual witness of the Holy Ghost testify to me that Joseph Smith truly saw what he said he saw. The Holy Ghost has testified to me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I have felt the comforting peace of the Holy Ghost speak to my soul helping me know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Redeemer of the World.

How I live my faith

My faith is part of who I am. I'm not just a Sunday Mormon. I try hard to be honest in everything I do, to treat people with kindness, to work hard and be of value to my co-workers and clients, and to live a Christ-centered life. Some people say the Mormon church asks a lot of its members. I agree and I'm very grateful for it! When much is expected of us, we try harder, we accomplish more, and we become better people. Living the teachings of Christ have helped me be a better husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, friend, businessman, and person.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Steve
We believe, as Christ told Nicodemus in John 3:5, that baptism is needed in order to enter the Kingdom of God. However, unlike some faiths, we do not believe in baptizing infants. We believe that a person should be at "the age of accountability," meaning, the person should be old enough to know right from wrong, and old enough to understand what baptism means. The church has set a minimum age of 8 years old for a person to be baptized. We also believe that all ordinances, including baptism, should be performed by proper authority. In our faith, that means someone who has the Priesthood. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Steve
That's a very good question, with a very reasonable and sensible answer. God made men and women differently for a purpose. To women, He gave natural abilities and gifts of nurturing and love. To men, he gave the natural tendencies to provide. Women have the God-given gift of creating life, and the natural inclinations of motherhood - a sacred role. Men have been called upon to administer in the leadership roles of the Church, also a sacred role. Some people think that only men hold leadership positions in the Church, and that is not the case. The Church's Relief Society is the oldest women's organization in the world, and is led and directed by the women of the church. Also, the primary organization which watches after and teaches the children of the church, is likewise led and directed by the women of the church. Women play a significant leadership role. Men and women are equal in the Lord's eyes, and also in the eyes of the Church. The difference, and the reason for men holding the Priesthood, is the God-given roles men and women play. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Steve
I have to be honest here - when I hear people say that Mormons aren't Christians, I have to wonder why in the world they would say that. We love Him, honor Him, revere Him, and accept Him as the Son of God and Redeemer of the World. Without Christ, we would be nothing. Without the Atonement, we would have no hope of a resurrection and we would have be way to receive forgiveness of our sins. Christ died for us, and now He lives for us. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we, along with the millions of other Christians around the world, proclaim with all our hearts that He is the Savior of all Mankind. Show more Show less