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Hi I'm Steve

I'm an engineer at a large aerospace company in Seattle. I'm married with 6 children and 6 grandkids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I can't talk about "me" without talking about "us." My wife and I met while we were college students. She was studying elementary education, and I was working on a graduate degree in physics. In one of our early conversations, we expressed our feelings to one another on the subject of marriage. I told her that the decision to marry the right person in the right place was the most important decision we can make in life. She was pleased that I felt that way, and expressed similar feelings. I had never been "the life of the party," and I recognized that my effort to find that young woman whom I could marry in the temple would be the single most difficult, yet most important and rewarding, effort of my life. I approached that undertaking with a great deal of prayer. And that prayer was answered. It was not by accident that my wife and I were guided to each other. We were married in one of the Latter-day Saint temples just three weeks after we both graduated from college. Now, nearly 40 years later, we are still together. We have six children and six grandchildren. It is amazing how my relationship with my wife has been strengthened by the experiences we have shared together in raising our children. I have faith that by continued effort and devotion to one another, our relationship will continue to grow and blossom, not only in this life but into the eternities. As I get older I find that my appreciation for family has broadened to include a desire to preserve and share my family history. In particular, I have many family history photographs in my possession, which I have begun to digitize and share with family and extended family. It is amazing how this has enabled me to become better acquainted with my ancestors, and has given me a deeper love and appreciation for them and for the sacrifices they made for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. A description of "me" would not be complete without expressing the joy that I find in viewing the heavens through a telescope. This interest began in childhood, and was the motivating factor in my choice of astrophysics as the focus of my college education. Although I have not worked in this field directly, I do enjoy taking a telescope outside on a clear night to view the grandeur and beauty of the heavens. I find even more joy in sharing these beauties with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 10 years old, my family took a trip to visit relatives in Utah. We stopped at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. As we toured the temple grounds, I picked up a pamphlet containing Joseph Smith's account of his First Vision in 1820, and how he received the gold plates from the Angel Moroni and translated them by the gift and power of God into the record called the "Book of Mormon." I sat down under the shade of a tree on Temple Square and began reading the pamphlet. As I did so, the Spirit of God bore powerful witness to me of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith's account of the visit of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in answer to Joseph's humble prayer. My dad filmed the entire occasion with his 8 mm home movie camera. I tried my best to ignore him, but I finally had to look up from my reading, and give him a smile. Now, every time I watch that old home movie, I recall the strong witness that I received as I read that pamphlet. That was not my first exposure to the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was indeed born of goodly parents, who raised me in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. But that experience on Temple Square sealed the witness of the Spirit which had been planted in my heart by my righteous parents. I testify that anyone who has a desire to know the truth can receive a similar witness by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is the most exciting news that anyone could possibly want to hear! The heavens are not closed! God does speak today to living prophets, just like He did anciently. I invite anyone who is reading this to simply read Joseph Smith's own account of his vision and associated history of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. If you do so with a sincere desire to know the truth, you will receive an undeniable witness of the truth of these things through the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My family and I greatly enjoy our association with other Mormons. We attend a three-hour block of meetings on Sundays that include a general meeting for all members, which lasts 70 minutes. In this meeting we hear inspirational Gospel-centered messages from members of the congregation who have been assigned to speak. But most importantly, we partake of the emblems of the atonement in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, thus renewing our baptismal covenants. In the second hour we divide up into various age groups for focused Gospel teaching. The third hour involves practical training on how to incorporate Gospel principles into our lives. Parents are taught how to be better husbands and fathers. Youth are taught Gospel standards. However, membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints involves more than a once-a-week committment. Being a "Mormon" requires a continual effort to put Gospel principles into practice. This involves daily personal and family scripture study, personal and family prayer, and a continual watchcare for others. There is no paid ministry in the Mormon church. Therefore, we all contribute to the building up of the Kingdom of God in whatever way we can, both in terms of "official" callings (such as being a Sunday School teacher) and "unofficial" efforts to do many things of our own free will under the realization that God expects us to use our time and talents in serving others, just as Jesus did.