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Hi I'm Steve

From UT, the son of a Catholic dad and a Mormon mom, I have lived in more than 50 different homes in three countries.

About Me

First, I am a husband and a father. I have seven children ranging in age from 7 to 30. Most are on their own. I love my children very much and pray for them regularly. Not all of them are members of the Church, which makes me sad, yet hopeful that my example can be seen and appreciated by them. While I have been very involved in the Church for the past six years, I have not been active my entire life. In fact I did not attend for about 18 years. I became detoured by some of the most difficult challenges that people can subject upon one another, and I feel fortunate and blessed to have overcome those difficulties. Recently, I and my wondeful wife were called as Ward Missionaries. While I have bounced from calling to calling (I have served as the Sunday School President, the Employment Specialist and still serve as the High Priest Instructor in our ward), my wife has been in Primary for many years, and it is nice to attend Sunday School together again. I love to serve. I have volunteered at our local state employment agency for three years helping people get jobs; I serve on the board of directors for several non-profits, most of which serve children, the homeless and the poor. I first went abroad when I was 19, as a missionary for the Church. I served in South Korea, and had many great and humbling experiences. But, I mostly I learned how culture effects us, and how to live and work among peoples with broadly varying values. Since then, I have lived 19 years in Japan, and have traveled extensively to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the United States. The only things I love more than traveling and learning, is my wife and my Redeemer. I have learned what is important in life, and what is not. And there are too many things that belong in each category. I wish that everyone can see what belongs in each, and can find the peace of mind that it brings.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be Mormon because I know that my life beyond this earth, my eternal life, depends on understanding what will become of me in the hereafter. Answers to some of lie's most important questions can be found in the teachings of the Church. Having lived both within and without the Gospel, I know the differences in my life in each of the periods. When I was not active, or was a non-member, my life had little purpose, and despite being busy and seemingly productive, what I was actually doing was of little significance. In the meantime, my family suffered, and no one was happy. In the times when I accepted and lived the Gospel, not only have I been happier, but so has my family. As I have studied the reasons why having the Gospel makes me happy, I have found the answers to many of those simple but difficult questions: Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? What is true love? How should we live here on this earth? All of these questions, I have been able to clearly find an answer for myself. A close friend of mine, Jewish by birth and upbringing, found herself disenchanted by her religion, and all organized religions. She began to study philosophy and do meditation. For years she has been seeking the answers to the above questions, but refuses to believe that they can be found in religion, but instead seeks to find them on her own. She is still searching...and I am not.

How I live my faith

I am very serious about my faith. When I decided to come back to Church, I decided that I would never again let the weaknesses and sins of others take away the belief that our salvation is primarily our our responsibility. I try to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by following his example...by treating my wife with utmost respect, by serving others, by practicing patience and constructive communication, by attending Church services regularly and performing my volunteer callings teacher, employment specialist, etc. by giving of my talents to those who need help. While the Sabbath is observed on Sunday. I am not just a Sunday Christian.