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Hi I'm Steve

I started out in Britain, now I live in Canada. I'm a teacher, a family man, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in northern England and moved to Canada with my family when I was nine years old. I now have a family of my own: my beautiful wife and three awesome children. I enjoy my career as a high school mathematics teacher. Of course the holidays as a teacher are terrific and I use them to participate in the other things I love, like travelling with my family, hiking and backpacking in the mountains, cycling, and building furniture. I spend some time serving in the LDS Church which is a source of challenge, learning, and joy.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church and its teachings have become a significant part of my life. As a youth, I remember being very involved in our Church. I enjoyed the company of like-minded friends who loved life and walked their path with the hope the gospel of Jesus Christ gives us. As I got older, and time and experience helped me see how principles of truth and obedience can bring happiness and freedom, it wasn't difficult to see that that happiness was common in the life of many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is easier to do the things that make you happy, even if there are responsibilities associated with those things. But there came a moment, or more realistically, a series of moments that continue to this day, where my soul felt something that connected me to my Father in heaven - to my God. These moments tend to be subtle in one way but obvious in another. These feelings come quietly and I must be listening, but when they come I recognize them unmistakably as coming from God. I feel a great sense of love and acceptance and the feelings speak peace to my soul. The scriptures describe that each of us has the Light of Christ within us - this light searches for truth, for further light and knowledge about who we are and the purpose of our existence on earth. I have found that in this Church, its doctrines and principles provide countless moments for the Light of Christ to do its work. These precious moments build what we call in the Church a testimony - a collection of thoughts, experiences, feelings, and pieces of knowledge that become the evidence that allows me to say with confidence that I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the doctrines, ordinances, and covenants necessary for me to fulfil my purpose on this earth - to return to my Father in Heaven. This purpose can only be accomplished through the atonement and grace of Jesus Christ, and by being obedient to His gospel.

How I live my faith

My faith is certainly a part of who I am and so living it is a daily adventure. My relationships with my family, my God, and my Saviour Jesus Christ are important to me and I recognize that these relationships require daily attention for me to enjoy them. In many ways the small actions of daily living are expressions of my desire to have a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Prayer and reading the scriptures, for example, connect me to deity and help remind me that I am a literal son of God. My service in our Church provides opportunities to help and uplift others. In so doing, I myself am lifted up as I feel a Christ-like love for those with whom I interact.