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Hi I'm Stephen

I'm a husband and father. I'm a Scouter. I'm an attorney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married a wonderful woman. We have a beautiful daughter. My little family has been through serious health challenges. My wife started having trouble with rheumatoid arthritis when she was pregnant with our daughter. She has now lived with it for 14 years. God has blessed her, although it has been terribly difficult at times. Our daughter is miracle. She has overcome more surgeries than I remember and serious physical limitations, including deafness. Through God's miracles and the miracles of modern medicine, we have a wonderful daughter who is blossoming as a young woman. The power of God's love has carried us through our trials and challenges. The power of his priesthood worked miracles. These challenges have been a wonderful blessing. We have learned of his love. Of all the blessings, I have been given a tender heart. Since my boyhood, I have loved Scouting. I love God's country, being in the outdoors and sleeping under the stars. My life was blessed by great Scout leaders. I stand on their shoulders as I work in Scouting. I've served some 13 years in various Scout positions, loving every minute. There is great power in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, to bless the lives of the youth and the adults. As an attorney, I provide probate services for families after the death of their loved ones. I see families torn apart by bitterness and hate. It makes me grateful for Christ's message of peace and the blessings of the Holy Temple in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church, because it brings me peace. Living the principles blesses my family beyond description. Being a part of the Church family is a wonderful support to my family. We are truly united as the body of Christ. I have truly been blessed to have my heart changed, and turn ever closer to Jesus. I am a better person by living the Christian principles embodied within the Church doctrine. I know this is Christ's church because of the fruits of the Spirit as I have lived my life as a member of the Church. My testimony is built on experiences and miracles in my life. From my youth, I was taught the truth. As I have lived it, I have seen its fruits in many small and simple ways. And, at choice times, I have experienced great miracles.

How I live my faith

I've learned that service is the only way to life my Faith. In my home, service to my wife and daughter has made all the difference. Not just showing up everyday to work and earning a living, but serving them in everything. From dishes and cooking to homework and boardgames. I also find great joy in service outside of my family. Within the congregation, I love the opportunity to teach. Preparing lessons blesses my life, and it is exciting to share it with my church family. I also love to take time to teach my daughter principles of Christ's Gospel as she goes through life. It is so wonderful to see her grow and become a tender young woman who knows and loves Christ. I especially love serving the youth in the community. I love the Boy Scouts of America. I serve in a position for the San Tan district, and I get to work with fantastic members of our community from many religions. We all have a love and passion for the development of young men. It is a blessing to be with so many good people of the community who come together for the good of the young men in our society. My favorite Scout activity is the Mountain Man Rendezvous. Learning about the primitive life of mountain men is a wonderful way to interest young men and teach them about their personal responsibility. I don't usually have a beard, but the photo of me at Mountain Man Rendezvous represents so much of what I love about Scouting. In so many ways, I am just trying to repay the debt I owe others who served me as a young man. My leaders led me to experiences that shaped who I am. I only hope that my service will bless another young man the way I was blessed.

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

I've felt close to God as I ponder and pray in the mountains. Mountains and their beauty testify of a Creator. And, when I am in the mountains, I have felt like Moses, that I am on sacred ground. I've also felt close to God when I have felt the miracle of my daughter's life. I recognize that my love for my daughter, is just a small reflection of God's love for his children. I've felt his love for me in very special ways. Show more Show less