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Hi I'm Steve

A grandfather of 2, I love to connect: with nature, history, world cultures, and especially my family! I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a family farm in the Midwest with 800 head of pigs, 200 head of cattle, a few milk cows, chickens, and a couple of ponies. I loved school and the magic of family vacations. We lived far from town, surrounded by family. My grandparents were my best friends. They opened a window into history, and a connection to my ancestors – whose sweat, hard work, and faith paved the way for me to become who I am. I went away for college, where I followed my passion for language and cultures to study Spanish, German, Chinese, Greek, and Tongan. I graduated from business school with a minor in Languages and Computers. I took two years off school to do voluntary missionary service in Tahiti. As I served, I learned to speak French and Tahitian – and to love the fun, God-fearing people of Polynesia! For my profession, I continue to connect with others in the computer services industry, primarily in the field of translation and localization for eLearning. I have lived and worked across the US - East and West Coasts, Rocky Mountains, as well as MidWest. My work has taken me to Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, the UK, and Japan. My wife shares my love for languages, and has blessed our home with the gift of music. We have seven amazing children – six daughters and a son, and most-recently, two granddaughters. These are my inspiration and, in a very real sense, my life mentors. With them, and with our Savior Jesus Christ, life is a joyful adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS faith, but realized during my teen years that, in order to weather the criticism of ridiculing friends, I needed to know for myself, whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is, in fact, the true Church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I took time to read 5-10 pages daily from the Book of Mormon, and I prayed earnestly to know for myself that His Church is here on earth in these latter days. After weeks of reading and praying, one night I received an undeniable witness that The Book of Mormon is true and that Jesus Christ had re-established His original Church! Not only did Jesus Christ care for the people of the Holy Land when he was alive, but he has been merciful and has brought that same Church back to the Earth for us in our own, difficult period of history. Since then, I have often felt that same feeling of confirmation, that Christ loves me personally, and is leading me on the path back to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I turn to my Heavenly Father daily in prayer and repentance. The Atonement of His Son blesses us each as we seek to become like him and “do what Jesus would do.” In our home, we try to begin each day with a devotional that includes scripture study and prayer. This is a great strength to me and to our children. On Sundays, we rest from all our labors and take time to worship the Lord and recharge our spiritual batteries. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a strength and a brotherhood that helps me face challenges and trials with peace and joy!

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that we are part of the family of God, and that he has placed us in earthly families, who are our special companions and co-seekers in the quest for eternal life. His plan allows us to be forever families in the celestial world. So, not only are families intended to be our loving mentors, but family life also offers a type and a shadow of our eternal destiny. Show more Show less