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Hi I'm Steve

I'm a family man. I design outsourced marketing solutions. I love wakeboarding and surfing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a combination of places... Born in Utah, Southern California for most of Elementary, one year in Tennessee and one year in Wyoming before Junior High and Highschool in Arizona. I served a mission for my church to Seoul Korea for two years - which was a GREAT experience. I married a beautiful girl after I returned home and have three wonderful kids. My life is not always easy, but I do feel truly blessed. We're now in Georgia after spending most of our adult lives out West in Arizona. We love it here!

Why I am a Mormon

You may think that to be a convert to our faith it isn't possible if you were born into our church, but I would still say that I was converted. I've always felt God's presence but I still felt when I was a teen that I needed to know for myself if this church that I'd attended all my life was where I should be. I was encouraged by my parents to "know for myself". So I went ahead and read the Book of Mormon. When I got to the end of the book I read the words of the last prophet of the Book of Mormon, Moroni. In the 10th chapter of Moroni is a promise Moroni makes to future individuals that will read the book that if they read and pray to know if it's the truth then they will receive a confirmation from God. I felt the truth as I read, buti still felt the need to pray once I read Moroni's promise. I knelt and asked God to let me know. I felt the spirit testify to me and I knew for a fact that what I had read was true. I can't explain it but in my heart I felt God and I felt his answer that it was. Since then I've had many other prayers answered and have seen what I would consider to be modern miracles in my life - as a missionary and since I've been a husband and father. I see Heavenly Father's presence in my life every day.

How I live my faith

Where I work everyday there are very few others of my faith. I've made many friends and have been impressed with how those I work with follow their own faiths and are such good people. They're very accepting of me and as we travel and have dinners and are inquisitive around one of the differences about me that stands out, as a member of my church I don't drink. I tell them the story of how my Granfather grew up in Utah, but wasn't LDS (Mormon). When he was four, he was sent to live with his grandmother to carry water into the house and help with other simple chores. She was very religious and was of a Protestant faith. She would read to him at night out of the Bible and one night after reading she told him that it was wrong to drink and smoke and asked him to promise to never do it. Then she gave him a hug. He didn't ever remember being embraced up to that point, so it had a dramatic effect on him. He never drank alcohol or smoked his entire life even though a few times he was pressured by others (he worked some rough jobs and served in the Navy). When he was 27 years old he was invited to church where he learned that LDS members have a health code called The Word of Wisdom. It's about eating all the healthy things God has provided, taking care of your body and not drinking alcohol and smoking. My grandfather already had a testimony of the truthfulness and after investigating determined that he should join and met my grandmother at church. He used to tell us this story when I was little and he would always cry and he was a pretty tough old guy, not the type to cry. I would feel the truth in his words and feel a special spirit. My dad felt the same way as he heard this when he was a boy and never broke the Word of Wisdom in his life. I also have never drank or smoked and that legacy is something very special to me and being a little different from others is something I'm proud of.