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Hi I'm Steve

I grew up surfing in Southern California. I'm a husband, a dad, a lawyer and a Christian. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a lawyer, though they have to pay me to do it. If I could surf for a living, I would. Unfortunately, I have yet to find anyone who will pay me to ride waves. I suspect the problem is me, not them. The fact that I'm in my mid-forties and slightly overweight probably doesn't help. I've taken several surf trips to Nicaragua, Mexico and Hawaii, but no trip was finer than the one I took with my family to Costa Rica. As much as I love to surf, I cannot imagine happiness without my beautiful wife and three wonderful children. They provide the overriding meaning and purpose in my life. Our dog Jack completes the family. I am a founding partner of my law firm and an aspiring mediator. I've ridden a few 200-mile races on my road bike (with varying degrees of success), but I find myself spending more and more time on my mountain bike when the surf is questionable. That my kids join me from time to time in the waves or on the trail is one of my absolute greatest joys.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ was a gradual process that spanned many years and was informed by a variety of experiences. I was blessed to have parents who passed their strong faith on to me, providing a foundation for my belief in Christ's message to grow. As I came to understand the doctrines of the gospel for myself - through study, service and desire - I was, and remain, completely awestruck by the power and majestic simplicity of God's plan for His children. Each of the core principles of the gospel fits together in a way that just makes sense and feels right to me. For instance, when I became a father, I began to understand - if only a little - the type of love that our Heavenly Father has for His children - that He wants each of us to succeed and attain what He has, just like any loving parent. This knowledge puts the purpose of my life into perspective. We are here for a reason - to learn, progress and, ultimately, inherit all that our Father has. That progress and growth can only come through the exercise of our agency, or ability to choose between right and wrong. Heavenly Father knew that incorrect choices were inevitable for His children so, to accomplish His purposes and give meaning to His creations, He provided a Savior - our elder brother Jesus Christ - to help us overcome sin and pay the debt that we mortals could not possibly satisfy on our own. Through repentance and obedience, we can take advantage of that amazing gift and return with our families to live with our Heavenly Father. This wonderful plan - or Plan of Salvation - is available to all. It brings me great comfort to know that Heavenly Father's love is not limited to a certain group, race or nation. Everyone - whether they had the opportunity to hear Christ's message in this life or not - will have the chance to accept Christ and take advantage of His atoning sacrifice.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do a little better - and be a little better - each day. Sometimes I stumble, but I know that my mistakes are only permanent if I choose not to fix them. It gives me great peace to know that I don't have to be perfect all at once; rather, the goal is to head in the right direction and do the best I can, with equal parts of faith, determination and hope. I have the great blessing of working with the youth in our congregation. They constantly amaze me in their ability to speak out boldly about their faith and serve their brothers and sisters with genuine charity. These young men and women often teach me more about being a good person, a good friend and a good member of my church than I could have possibly understood at their age. In return, I try to instill in them my testimony of the love that our Heavenly Father has for each one of them and the unlimited value and potential that He sees in them. I find these teaching moments happen just as easily - and sometimes more powerfully - on a campout or a hike as they do within the walls of the church building. I am so grateful for the chance to serve these outstanding young men and women.