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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a lawyer. I'm a husband. I'm a father of four kids with special needs. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just turned 40, and with the reflection that comes with that age, its so hard to believe that I am where I am, doing what I'm doing. Not that I'm in a particularly spectacular place or doing anything unbelievably interesting - just that I am constantly amazed that I "amounted to anything." I grew up between California and North Carolina - two completely different worlds. I'd like to think that I ended up with the best of both; I say 'sir' and 'ma'am' quite a bit, but I say 'dude' a lot, too. I like Sushi about as much as I like cured ham and buscuits. Weird. I'm a dad. I have four kids. Three of the kids have what people currently refer to as "special needs." Though they have been evaluated by more mental health professionals than I can count, none of them have ever been labled with any one thing. Some say autism, some say ADD/ADHD, some say just about everything else. We say, that's just who they are. My oldest is 12 and just like his dad (so sorry, son). The twins are 9, and bounce off each other constantly. The youngest, 3, is just spending time trying to keep up with his brothers and sister. My wife is amazing. I should call her the swiss army knife. She can do just about anything, and do it well. Kids, household, her own business - she makes me look lazy, and I work 60 hours a week! Oh, and I'm a lawyer. I would like to say that I'm something interesting, like an actor or a politician, but I'm not. I have clients, I go to court, etc. I'm happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church all of my life. I think that most people would assume that my decision to be a member of the Church is simply because it's easy to live the faith that's most familiar to you. While I'm sure that some members would relate to that, I think that the most important reason that I am a Mormon, is because I've never had the desire to leave. I enjoy so many wonderful things about the Church - the focus on the family, the importance of thrift, the attention paid to the scriptures and the explanation of our origins and our potential. All of these, and so much more, fulfill me in ways nothing else ever has. Finding my own testimony of the Savior came in the same way everyone else's does - no one handed it to me. I had to work for it with hours of prayer and thoughtful contemplation; the result of which is that I believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ and in the restoration of the gospel in the latter days. We are very blessed to have the world we live in, and should look foward to that which is to come.

How I live my faith

Right now my calling at church is as a leader in the Cub Scouts program. There are 8 boys in our cub den and every week its a new adventure.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Steve
All worthy young men are called to serve a two-year mission when they reach nineteen years of age. But all of those who believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ are under an obligation to spread His gospel. Missionaries are called to teach the gospel and to baptize those that are ready to take on the committments baptism requires. It is the follower of Christ, however, that seeks out others who are ready to hear the gospel. Show more Show less