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Hi I'm Steve

I'm an anesthesiologist and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 39 with a wife and 4 kids, 5 acres of small farm, and I work as an anesthesiologist. I enjoy the outdoors and working around my property. The simple pleasures of spending time at home are what keep me going.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in an active Mormon family that lived the standards we believe in. It was easy to continue in the faith because my social community all revolved around the church. I served a mission in South America, and my eyes were finally opened to the reality of many people's existence. I came to understand the blessings that come by living the precepts of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the peace of knowing what life is all about. I'm grateful to now recognize the simple blessings that come from understanding the plan of happiness from our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through daily renewal of scripture study and prayer. I spend time with my family and enjoy the many spiritual and social activities of the church. I work frequently with the youth including programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Investing in our youth and families is fundamental to our faith. Everyday I commit to live according to the standards that Christ set forth and attempt to treat others as Christ himself would.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

The principle of tithing is well described anciently and the promises are in effect today. Promises of paying a tithe, or ten percent of our increase or income, are best described in Malachi where it says that we will have more blessings than there is room enough to receive and that the He will "rebuke the devourer" for our sake. Having served in the capacity to receive tithing from members of the church, I can share that the donations are treated with great respect. The sealed envelopes are not opened until there are two individuals present that will follow to the finish of the processing and deposit at the bank. There are regular audits and a yearly "tithing settlement" where the donations are reviewed with each member of the congregation. The funds go to the general church accounts and then appropriate quantities are returned to the local units sufficient for their use according to their congregation size. No special treatment is given to congregations whose tithing is larger due to their affluence. Each congregational unit operates within a strict budget to meet the needs of the various programs, activities, and properties. I have personally seen the blessings of tithing in my life starting with the simple principles of good money management required to return 10% to God's kingdom. I consider it my first and best investment in my family's future and I am grateful that God gives us this opportunity to qualify for his blessings. Show more Show less