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Hi I'm Steve

I was raised in Washington state and now live Ohio. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in rural Western Washington State, where I grew up playing in the woods and rivers. My brother and I explored, canoed, and ran all over when we were young, things I still love to do, but now with my own children. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have two little children, a boy of 5 and a girl of 3. For me, my family are the most important people and my priority in my life. I finished graduate school last month and I am now working as a research engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because first, I believe in God, our Eternal Father. Even though I was raised in the Mormon Church, by the time I was 14, I had become skeptical of the teaching and my repeated petitions to our Father in Heaven to know if it was true had not been answered in ways that I had recognized. I had begun to doubt in the existence of God. Finally, one night, I knelt down and, I think for the first time, plead with my Father in Heaven to let me know if He existed. Then I waited. I felt a peace inside and then I asked that if this was an answer, to make the feeling stronger. A peace then enveloped my entire being, like warm water pouring over me. Looking back, I had received answers before, but then doubts developed. As time goes on, the Spirit of the Lord has touched me at other moments to confirm truths. I can still recall the moments when the Spirit of the Lord confirmed that Jesus is the Savior, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon was inspired by the Lord. Today, my biggest challenges are being a good husband and father. The Church of Jesus Christ helps me be the man that my wife and kids need me to be, to love and teach and serve as the Savior would.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a day-by-day challenge. There are a lot of influences that we have to confront or avoid every day. Some are external, from the media. Other influences are my own weaknesses that I need to challenge. There are three things that I try to do every day to live my faith and to be a better husband and father. First, I pray and ask help of the Lord. I know He can help me in every way. He has answered my prayers for help in every aspect of my life with my family, my job, and every aspect of my life. Second, I read the scriptures. This fills my mind with the good things of the gospel and prepares me for the day. Those ideas make me question myself and my own conduct and push me to be better. They also bring the Spirit of the Lord into my heart, helping me to be more kind and patient and loving. Third, I try to ask the Lord for forgiveness and try to be a better person every day. This is called repentance. I know if I work at the little things, the big things take care of themselves. This is my daily course correction, turning me back to the direction I need to be facing.

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