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Hi I'm Steven

I grew up in the South, and that's where I'll stay. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church, having joined in 1979. I am an attorney and elected Justice of the Peace. I am married with five children, two of whom are married. I enjoy everything out of doors, from backpacking to kayaking.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church because I believe it is the same organization that existed when Christ walked the earth. I also believe that Heavenly Father has a plan for us, his children, called the Plan of Salvation or Plan of Happiness. It started with our pre-mortal existence, then continues in this life as we develop faith and learn from life's experiences. Eventually, through the atonement of Christ, we can return to God's presence and live with him again.

How I live my faith

I have served in many capacities over the years, mainly with the youth. I am currently serving as Bishop, which allows me to serve all people in our ward. It truly is a blessing to see members and friends attend church and learn gospel principles that help us in our daily lives.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

A Mormon church or chapel is a special, dedicated building where we meet to worship, learn the gospel in Sunday School, learn how to be better husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. We use it for many other social activities and youth activities as well. A temple is unique and special because it is a specially dedicated House of the Lord. Because of the sacred nature of the rites performed in the temple, we require a higher standard of integrity and moral committment. It doesn't mean members who attend the temple believe they are perfect or better than others, but they do have to show they are living the principles Christ taught as best they can. In the temple we perform ordinances or rites that bless both the living as well as our deceased ancestors. Show more Show less