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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a middle child. I'm a story teller. I'm a CFO with an MBA, but find meaning as a DAD. I love to play games, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m the middle child of a big family that grew up with 5 older brothers and 5 younger sisters. Because my parents had all the boys and then all the girls, I was the last in line for clothes, bikes, and other “boy” possessions, so I became very familiar with the term “hand-me-down”, but I learned about thrift and independence. Believe it or not, at 6’3” I am the shortest boy in our family, so in an effort to measure up and stand out I learned to tell stories and be creative . I love to find the hidden wisdom from life's everyday experiences. There is so much to learn from our successes, but more importantly, from our short comings. Being able to identify and communicate these lessons in stories and analogies has helped me to engage and teach my children. I LOVE being a dad! At work, I am the CFO and I also manage the Marketing and IT departments, but my greatest sense of accomplishment and purpose comes from being a husband and father. Being with my family is essential to my happiness. We love to play all types of games, but I especially enjoy board games that involve strategy. Despite my competitive nature, it is not the thrill of victory that I most seek, but the unstructured time playing games with my children. These moments give us a chance to talk and laugh and they help demonstrate that if something is important, we will make time for it in our lives. I often tell people that "Happiness is a choice." My family makes me happy, so I choose to be with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because there is nothing more important to me than family. The relationships I have with my wife and children bring me the greatest joy in life and this understanding helps me realize how much God, who is Our Heavenly Father, must love me and everyone of His children. Feeling as I do about my family helps me realize how genuinely concerned God is about each of us. I am certain God must ache when we struggle and rejoice when we succeed. I love to be with my family and appreciate all the moments we have together whether there is laughter, or tears, or worry, or harmony. There is a wonderful peace that comes from knowing that no matter what happens in life, I can feel secure so long as I have my family. I'm a Mormon because my faith helps me be a better husband, a better father, a better citizen, a better man. Knowing that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me gives me strength and hope and provides me with the light and direction needed to make it through this life, and to help others on my journey. Most of all, I am a Mormon because I have a deep and abiding faith in Christ. I recognize that I am an imperfect man and I need the teachings and example of Jesus to help me overcome my weaknesses.

How I live my faith

For me, faith is more than a coping mechanism that is referenced occasionally to address uncertainty or challenges. Rather, faith is an ever present compass that provides me with direction and a framework for making decisions in all aspects of my life. "Sunday" faith is not sufficient. It is only when a sure belief in God is embraced every single day, that it can provide a sure foundation for supporting us through both the challenges and the celebrations of life. Too often we try and complicate faith. We make it mysterious and vague. In doing so, we lose much of the power that comes from living as Christ taught us to live. We don't just study faith, or preach about faith, we must live our faith in simple but consistent ways. That means taking action, following the example of Christ and seeking to help other people. Faith is not a product of our mind, it is a product of our actions. We discover and strengthen and demonstrate faith in the application of our beliefs. Many years ago my wife and I took our children to see one of the battleships that is anchored at a nearby naval station. We had a wonderful time scurrying through the ship's labyrinth of rooms and compartments that made up the interior of the huge ship. After exploring the gun turrets that were located on an exterior upper deck, we prepared to descend to one of the lower decks to continue our tour. To ensure that I could assist my younger children down the 15 foot ladder, I descended first. Just as my foot touched the thick steel of the lower deck I looked up to begin giving instructions to my younger children on how to climb down. To my surprise, before my second foot touched the lower deck, I heard my young son shout, "Catch me daddy!" as he launched himself from the upper deck. He had full faith that his father would catch him, demonstrated not by what he said, but by what he did. He didn't talk about trust, he showed it. He lived it.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Steve
There are not many things in the world that provide a constant source of support, strength, and joy, during changing and turbulent times, but the family can. Given that we are all part of God's family, we can receive hope and peace from our relationship with Him as our Father. It makes sense that while we are here on earth that God would provide us with a similar source of strength as we live through this mortal experience in preparation for eventually returning home to Our Heavenly Father. Families provide us with opportunities to learn, to grow, to serve, and to become the people God wants us to be. There are times when family relationships result in struggles, but they can also bring happiness, joy, strength and security. Aside from being an essential foundation to society (in terms of developing responsible citizens) families are an anchor to help us weather the storms of life, allowing us to more fully enjoy the blessings that can be found in a unified, loving home. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Steve
The Bible is an amazing and wonderful book of scripture containing the word of God. Through the writings of various prophets and apostles we can gain a better understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and thereby find direction and strength for our own lives. From the beginning experiences of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis to the prophetic writings of John in the book of Revelation, the wisdom and counsel contained in the Bible provides powerful principles to help us every day. One of the most wonderful things about the Bible is that it contains numerous testimonies recounting the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The faith and understanding gained by reading from Matthew and Mark are only enhanced by the additional perspectives of Luke and John as they relate many of the miracles and teachings that they witnessed while walking with the Savior. Likewise, there is additional scripture that provides further light and greater appreciation for all that Christ has done as the Redeemer of the world. This scripture, the Book of Mormon, is another testament of Jesus Christ and contains the sacred writings of other prophets who taught and testified of Christ. As a companion to the Bible, the Book of Mormon provides us with a deeper awareness of the need for Christ in our life. It does not diminish any of the truths found in the Bible, but acts as a clarifying compliment to the doctrines of salvation that God wants us to understand and follow. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Steve
We worship God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. We do not worship Joseph Smith, or Moses, or Abraham, or John the Baptist, or Peter, or any other great prophet or apostle from ancient or modern times. These men all played an important part in helping to teach truths and draw people closer to Jesus Christ, but we do not worship them. We respect them, we appreciate the sacrifices that they made to direct us towards Christ, we learn from their testimonies and teachings, but we reserve worship for deity, God the Father and Our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Steve
As a father, I recognize that sometimes my children need help to accomplish some of the things they are required to do. Likewise, Our Heavenly Father knew that we would need help in this life in order to make it back to live with him. None of us are perfect, and therefore we all need help to overcome our weaknesses. Our ultimate goal in this life is to someday return and live with Our Heavenly Father, but this is only possible through the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. Because Christ lived a perfect life, and was willing to suffer for our sins, we can be forgiven and redeemed if we will accept Christ as our Savior. With this understanding we can experience peace, comfort, and hope as we demonstrate our faith by trying to follow the example that Christ showed us while He lived on the earth. Show more Show less