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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a dad, an Air Force attorney, and a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Idaho, but now I'm an Air Force attorney. I enjoy basketball, running, camping, fishing, reading, and spending time with my wife and ten kids. I served a mission for the Church in Costa Rica, an experience that changed my life forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, so I learned about the Church's teachings from an early age. When I was a teenager, I felt like I needed to decide what kind of person I was going to be, and whether the Church was going to continue to play a role in my life. I decided to pay more attention in Church meetings and to study the scriptures. As I did this, I found peace and strength that I needed to face common issues teens struggle with. I also prayed to ask God if the things I was learning were true. As I prayed, I felt a strong conviction that the Church's teachings were true. Since then, I continue to feel that confirmation as I try to follow Christ. I have also seen how following the Church's teachings and standards bless me and my family in very real ways.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church gives me opportunities to be involved and to serve others. I am a "home teacher," which means I am assigned to visit several members of our congregation to make sure their needs are taken care of. I also work with the young men in the ward. I share a gospel lesson with them each week and participate in recreational activities.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe families play a critical part of God's plan for us. I am happiest when I'm with my wife and kids. I believe that raising a family helps us better understand the love that God, our Heavenly Father, has for each one of us. Families teach us how to love and serve each other selflessly. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

In my mind, my "testimony" consists of my personal convictions about the Church and its teachings, and the experiences that have developed those convictions. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Husbands and wives partner with each other and with the Lord to forge an eternal family. My wife and I consult with each other on any decision that affects our marriage or our children, ranging from family finances to what we're doing on Saturday afternoon. We work together to teach our kids what is right and encourage them to make good choices. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

I think the first step to knowing our Father in Heaven is simply seeking a relationship with him. As our Father, he knows each of us individually, and if we reach out to him, he will respond. We can reach out to him through expressing our desires in prayer. We can also learn more about him by reading the scriptures. As we learn about him and what he would like us to do, we can follow his gospel. As we do that, he will bless us, and we feel even closer to him. Show more Show less