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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up in Utah. I respond to disasters and help citizens and governments recover from disasters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Provo, Utah. I graduated from College with first a BS in Geography and an MS in the same field. I have four sons, two step-daughters, and one step-granddaughter. I am married. I love sports and sports-card collecting. My wife and I like to ballroom dance, and go to movies. My favorite hobby is fishing for trout in small mountain streams and high alpine lakes.

Why I am a Mormon

Although both my parents, grandparents, great-grandpartents, and even some great-great grandparents were Mormon before me; I too had to come to understand that this is Jesus Christ's true church on the earth. Prior to serving a mission to the Dominican Republic, I prayed earnestly to know if this is Christ's church. I remember a warm feeling of peace coming to me, letting me know through my feelings that indeed, this is Christ's church. I have never since questioned it. I haven't always made wise choices in life; actually, I've made a number of poor decisions, but one wise choice that I have made is to stay close to the church. I know that it is true. I know that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, and that he leads the church through a Prophet. Thomas S. Monson is a true and living Prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that anyone who reads the Book of Mormon and kneels quietly in prayer and asks with faith if it is true, will come to understand that it is true and that this is Jesus Christ's church on the earth. I testify to these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith daily by serving as the Ward Mission Leader in the Baton Rouge 1st Ward. This means that I am responsible for introducing people not of the Mormon Faith to the basics of the Mormon Church. I love teaching people and sharing my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I travel all over the nation and world, helping out when people have often lost hope, due to losing a home and their belongings due to natural or man-made disaster. I try to instill that there is hope; hope for a bright and wonderful future. I tell stories of people in other dire situations, who held on to hope and who were able to steer through difficult times. I once was assigned to a disaster in Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Georges. Many people had lost everything they owned. One particular person told me that there was no hope and that she was likely going to end her life. I begged her to listen to me, which she did. I helped her appeal the government decision not to help her. I helped her get into a shelter for her and her three children. Eventually, she received additional governmental help. I saw her prior to leaving for another assignment. I could see that life had again become sweet to her. I asked if she still believed there was no hope. With tears in her eyes, she said: Steve, I know now that there is hope and thanks for listening to me and helping. I love my career. I get to help people through difficult times. I often am not able to tell them my religion, but often they ask, and with pride, I tell them: I am a Mormon.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Steve
I am often asked What is the Book of Mormon and does it replace the Bible? The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It was written long ago by people who lived here in the Americas. It contains a record of events that occurred and were recorded by Prophets. It is a companion to the Bible. We believe in both. Show more Show less