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Hi I'm Stephen

I come from a long line of Mormons; seven generations on all lines. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. I'm a convert to truth.

About Me

I'm an enthusiastic father of four young children. I love finding ways to bring the gospel to life for them. I tell them "Silly Rabbit Stories" about a little rabbit that learns life lessons through various experiences. They love to hear them. Their growth and learning is my biggest priority. I enjoy raising them in such a way that they are respectful but full of smiles, polite but willing to talk, and reverent yet joyful. I eat mostly a plant based diet due to my wife's health. She stopped eating meat and dairy and turned her health around. Still fighting the spare tire around the midsection though. I love backpacking, camping, and exploring the natural wonders of the world. I'm into cycling and working out. I played football in high school yet sang in our elite choir. I love the surge of adrenaline from athletics, but cherish the deeper feelings of peace and emotion felt through music. I work in insurance claims, which has been a great career. But if money were no object, I'd be a teacher. I enjoy philosophical discussions about history, economics, management, and politics.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up under the tutelage of great parents who taught me to love the Lord and love my family. They taught me the scriptures and encouraged me to attend church. My life was rocked at age 12 when my father passed away. Through the hard times, I never questioned that my father continued to live, exist, with our Father in Heaven. Through the years I have had many tender moments confirming the truth that through the Gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can overcome mortal hardship and prepare for eternal happiness if we follow His teachings and make covenants with Him. Experiences in the Lord's temples have given me moments of peace, understanding, and increased conviction that the Lord loves me and will guide me personally through life's struggles. While truth can be found everywhere the greatest experiences of heavenly help, revelation, and guidance I have received have come only in the sacred temples of the LDS Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to emulate the Savior's character with my children. The greatest compliment I could ever hope to receive would be for my children to say, "I know what Jesus is like because I can see him in my dad." I live my faith personally as I read the scriptures, pray, and live the commandments I have been taught. Jesus said that we could know if something is his will by living it. I come closer to the Savior when I live his teachings. I do my best to serve others. I recently taught music to the children in our local congregation every Sunday, which was a wonderful blessing and experience. I need to do more to reach out to others in service.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Stephen
I have felt God's love for me in so many times in my life that I can't possibly question his existence. He has answered my prayers, my wife's prayers, my children's prayers in non-coincidental ways. One of the gifts of faith is an assurance that the course of life one is pursuing is acceptable to the Lord. Though I fall short of his expectations repeatedly, I can feel him leading me along. When I am not living up to my potential, I feel him exercise his loving guidance to get me back on course. In order to arrive to that point, one must begin to exercise faith and live the principles he teaches. As you exercise faith, repent of sin, and make promises to improve, you will feel the Holy Ghost pour out additional feelings of confirmation that will increase your faith, and urge you to continually progress. Show more Show less