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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm the lucky father of five awesome daughters and an amazing wife. And grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Eastern Washington state. My father was a school teacher, my mother a homemaker and community volunteer. I spent much of my youth on the farm working for a family friend. After high school, I attended college for a year and then served a two-year, spanish speaking mission for the church in Los Angeles, CA. LA was a big change from life in a farming community. We met people from all walks of life: rich and poor, immigrants from all over the world, and many who were struggling with addictions and very difficult problems. The experience opened my eyes to the huge challenges people face and must deal with daily. It also showed me that even those who appeared the most hardened on the outside had a desire to do good. I saw lives change for the better when they were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. I developed greater compassion for all people, regardless of their ethnic background, social standing or wealth. I returned home, married a wonderful companion and friend, and graduated from Brigham Young University. We have five daughters ages 11 - 31. My wife and I own an advertising and PR agency located in the Pacific Northwest.

Why I am a Mormon

The principles taught in the scriptures and by inspired church leaders consistently ring true to me. The teachings give me comfort and peace in this life and hope in what the future will bring beyond this life. Particularly important to me are the high standards of living that help me avoid the pitfalls of sinful behavior. I am also grateful for the church's focus on our savior Jesus Christ. It gives me hope that I can be forgiven for the mistakes I make. And lastly, I'm grateful for the knowledge my family can be together forever -- even after this life.

How I live my faith

We are very involved in our church activities. Our family is frequently strengthened by associating with others who share our standards. I serve in a leadership position that allows me to meet many members of our church throughout our communities. It inspires me to see their goodness and their service to others -- both in and outside the church. I try to be a good neighbor and serve in our community by volunteering for and contributing to many worthy causes.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jesus Christ leads and directs his established church through leaders he appoints by inspiration and revelation. I have personally met several prophets. They are kind and loving. They are wise and generous. They care deeply about individuals. They have set aside their own lives to serve the Lord and bless Heavenly Father's children. We live in a very challenging time. Things are changing rapidly. It gives me tremendous comfort to know that Heavenly Father still directs his children through a living prophet, as he has in the past. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I do. Why would God give divine direction to his children, through a prophet, in one era, and not in another? The issues and challenges we face today are unique to our time. If we believe God loves us, and his pattern in the past has been to teach and minister to his children through a prophet, why would he not place prophets on the earth today? It gives me tremendous comfort to know we are led by a living prophet. Show more Show less