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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a husband, a father, a diabetic and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a loving home, with excellent parents who taught me right from wrong. My brother and sister were good examples of hard-work and are people I have always looked up to. In the year 2000, I married the best person I have ever known. 11 months later, we had our first of 5 children. I know how important family is. Today, I'm fortunate to own my own business which gives me incredible scheduling freedom. I use the flexibility in my schedule to coach my kids in football and otherwise spend a lot of quality time with the family. I love watching football, going to the movies and hanging out with good people.

Why I am a Mormon

I have never been one to do something just because others tell me I should. There have been many days when I have asked myself serious questions like "Am I Mormon, just because My parents are Mormon?" and "Is this church really true, or is this just something I do because of my upbringing?". As a teenager, I needed to know for myself that being a Mormon was something that God wanted from me. Frequently, I was pressured by friends at school to disregard the commandments and values I had been taught as a child. It seemed like they were having a lot of fun, and I didn't want to miss out. I needed to know that the Book of Mormon was true, and that the Prophet Joseph Smith was in-fact a true prophet. One night, as a teenager, I prayed and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true. For some reason, I was nervous about approaching God with this question. But before my prayer concluded, I felt an unmistakable warmth and comfort that I had never before felt. This was confirmation to me that the Book of Mormon is true. Since then, I have read the Book of Mormon over 30 times. Each time I read the book, I find additional truths that I try to incorporate into my life. As I incorporate these teachings, God has sent corresponding blessings for which I am grateful and cannot imagine living without.

How I live my faith

The most important place I live my faith is within the walls of my home. Each morning before school, my wife, and our 5 children gather together to read a few scripture verses. Everybody gets a turn to read (even if not everybody is following along ; ) ). Then, we have a family prayer. Our family has received great comfort and protection from this daily habit. Five years ago, I used to teach a Bible Study class for high school aged kids at 6AM each school day. I am amazed at the faith of these kids who wake up so early in the morning to hear the Word of God. It was a lot of work preparing a lesson every day. The kids are very bright, so it was a challenge to be prepared enough to teach. This experience helped me to understand the world our teenagers live in today. As a result, I'm able to better communicate with my kids - and still be "in touch" with what's important in their lives. Our kids live in an environment is somewhat different world from the one I experienced. The temptations are more available, and the pressure is even more intense. A strong understanding of God's plan, and a commitment to serve him is as needed now as it has ever been.