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Hi I'm Steven

I am recently married. I studied music at BYU. I currently attend UVA law school. I speak Hmong. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a new father, the reality of eternal families brings constant comfort and joy. My wife and son are the center of my life and constantly remind me of the importance of the divine institution of the family. I studied music and business management in undergrad and have now moved on to law school. As the youngest of six children, one of my favorite pastimes is playing with my 18 nieces and nephews scattered across the United States. I love to play soccer, volleyball, and softball at my school and fill my spare time with composing contemporary songs and directing classical choral music. I lived in Jerusalem for four months for a study abroad and have a great love for the Holy Land and the peoples and cultures there. I speak Hmong and love to eat Thai and Vietnamese food.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church, and have always loved the light and knowledge that has flowed into my life from it. I learned in high school, however, that I had to know for myself if this church is true. I cannot depend on the belief of my parents alone. As I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it, I have felt the Holy Spirit whisper to my heart that it is true. As I have lived the counsel of our living prophet, I have seen happiness and light replace darkness and fear. As I have done wrong things, I have seen that light and joy disappear from my life until I have the courage to truly repent. As I confess my sins to the Lord and forsake them, I have felt rejuvenation and forgiveness. That is how I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is of God. I have seen the fruits of gospel living and want to continue to live according to God's will so I can bless the lives of others.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, drawing close to and coming to know my Savior, Jesus Christ, through scripture study and personal prayer is a daily top priority. I find that these daily little habits make all the difference in helping me maintain kindness and consistency in my interactions with my family, friends, and even strangers. One important way I reach out to those around me is by home teaching. I am assigned to four members of my congregation to visit them each month and be aware of any needs that they have, whether spiritual or physical needs.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

When the Savior said "He who shall lose his life for my sake shall find it" I think of what I need to do to lose my life in service for those around me. How can I lose my selfishness and focus on another person's needs? How can I lose my greed and give freely to those who need it? How can I lose my pride and humbly admit my mistakes and work with God to improve upon them? It is not so much death that the Savior asks of us, but living according to God's will. We give up our lives and live His. As I think about this teaching, it helps me live a fuller, more selfless life. Show more Show less