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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a dentist and university professor from Alberta Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of six children, 4 girls and 2 boys. I also have five grandchildren. All of our children but one have moved out and are living about 1 hour away from where we live. I very much look forward to those moments we can be with them and spend time together. My family is very important to me. Although trained as a practicing dentist, after a number of years running my own dental practice I completed further training in public health and now work in public health settings and teach dentistry at the University close to our home. I made that choice as I felt it offered me the best opportunity to help others improve their health and to help future dentists enjoy their careers and to make choices that would enable them to serve and help those patients that come to them.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was raised a Catholic and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was in his first year of University. Later he was married to a mormon girl and when I was born, I was raised in this church. In retrospect, I believe it has been a great blessing to me to have been taught and given opportunity to know God and Jesus Christ through the example and teaching of my parents. I had many experiences through my youth that I came to know as the Holy Ghost testifying to my heart that the things I was learning were true and that God lives and Jesus Christ is our Saviour. I was taught to pray and there were times when I truly felt that my prayers had been heard and listened to. In my later teen years however, I prepared to serve a mission for the church and recognized that to do so, I would need to have what I felt was a strong conviction of the truthfulness of what I had been taught. I spent much time reading scriptures, praying to God and specifically asking him if what I had felt and learned was indeed his truth and his gospel. It was not a one-time experience, rather a cumulation of many such spiritual outpourings through the Holy Ghost that touched my heart in a way that I could know, not just feel or assume or believe, that what I had been taught was indeed the word of God, and that he knows me and wants the best for me. These spiritual confirmations have continued to come to me throughout my life and I am a Mormon because I truly know that this is the path that God has outlined for us to truly be happy and to become the kind of people he wants us to be.

How I live my faith

I try and live my faith each day in my interactions with people around me. To be a "mormon" or a Christian one must follow the example of Jesus Christ. I try to treat those around me with love and to serve wherever I can. I look forward this upcoming week to assisting our congregation in a food drive throughout our community to collect food items for the local food bank. I believe we should do what we can to help others. I serve in a calling/assignment in our church. It allows me to help individuals in the church to grow and develop. I provide priesthood blessings to members of the church that give them counsel and direction. I love the opportunity that is mine to serve and help and to share of what I know and believe. There is great strength in supporting and helping each other. Apart from that service and my interactions with others, I truly believe one needs to live their religion even when no one else is looking. This is our private worship and our private relationship with God. I strive each day to be Christ-like, to know him better through reading the Bible and Book of Mormon, to pray to God acknowledging my many blessings and asking him for guidance and help in the many challenges I face each day. I hope that people can see in me and my life, a believer in Christ and an example of what blessings can come to us as we strive to follow him each day.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Reading the word of God that has been written by prophets such as is found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon helps keep us focused on the spiritual perspective of our lives. These books all testify of Jesus Christ and teach of his gospel and those things that we need to know and do to be closer to him and to truly be happy. I find they help me on a daily basis to remember the important things of life and to keep all of my work, play, service, church and family life in balance. I find that they inspire me to be a better person. Show more Show less